The Grade Book: “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters”

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

Plot: The brother-sister team grow up to be witch hunters who must face their past when they come up against the most challenging witch yet. 

Director: Tommy Wirkola.

Writers: Tommy Wirkola and Dante Harper.

Cast: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Peter Stormare, and Famke Janssen.

Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Action.

Running Time: 1 hour and 28 minutes.

MPAA Rating: R.




SUMMARY OF THOUGHTS: Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters has its exciting moments and some impressive production qualities, but the film is silly and forgettable, and its script cannot be forgiven.



  • Christian Becker:

Grade: C+

I walked into the theater saying out loud to my friends, “I don’t expect this to be a great movie, or even a good one. I just want it to be fun and entertaining”. I walked out getting exactly that. I had fun with the special effects, the bloody action, the fairy tale quirks and the actors — who look to be having fun. That doesn’t mean this isn’t still a forgettable mess in terms of story structure and development. One-time viewing if you’re in the mood for something silly.

  • Joe Cauwel:

Grade: C-

Tommy Wirkola screws up his American debut. If you want to see a much better and fun film by him, try Dead Snow. Better luck next time Tommy.

  • Chad Gleason (MovieManCHAD):


Grade: D+

Great makeup and practical effects, and that’s about it.

  • James Michael Holtz (WeWatchedAMovie):

Grade: C

There is some cool rated R, over-the-top action and clever quips here and there. But there is not nearly enough to warrant remembering it.

  • Steven Hunt:

Grade: C

A poorly written but semi-enjoyable movie. The acting is decent at best. Visually, the movie is amazing. The prosthetics on the witches are great and the troll was really cool. The action was entertaining enough, though there were a lot of cuts during the fight scenes. If you don’t see this you’ll be fine.

  • Jake Peffer:

Grade: F

The definition of a bad movie. Hansel and Gretel provides absolutely no entertainment whatsoever and should be avoided at all cost.

  • Daniel Rester:

Grade: C+

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters has an atrocious script and the film is forgettable as a whole. However, I still think the film works as guilty pleasure entertainment — with some cool effects and sets, a couple of exciting action scenes, and two likable lead actors. I’ve definitely seen a lot worse from Hollywood in the month of January before.

  • Eric Striffler (Pretty Much It):

Grade: B

It’s not trying to be anything more than a silly modern “sequel” to the classic fairy tale, and it gets major points for great fight choreography and practical sets, costumes, effects, etc.

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