Metascore
34

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 39
  2. Negative: 14 out of 39
  1. The result, at best, is a sweet failure.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    38
    Bewitched presents a phony and cynical look at how Hollywood might make or remake a television show. It's as grating, laughless, and narcissistic (though, to its credit, not as cruel) as that new Lisa Kudrow show-within-a-show-within-a-show, "The Comeback."
  3. 38
    Forget chemistry: There's no biology to the star casting.
  4. 33
    A terrible, terrible movie. Its creators have a swell idea at the core, a wonderful leading lady, and several stalwart comic players in support, and they make of all of that a picture with the wit of an armpit fart, the verve of a boxwood shrub, and the appeal of a long night in an ER waiting room.
  5. Kidman is stuck in this pomo movie about the making of a TV-show remake. It’s "Being John Malkovich for Morons."
  6. Reviewed by: Steven Mikulan
    30
    The film's funny for 15 minutes as it skewers Hollywood and prowls block after block of familiar L.A. scenery.
  7. It sinks so deep and fast, you don't even see bubbles on the surface.
  8. 30
    Regardless of the cute little hats and clam-diggers she wears, it's impossible to believe Kidman as a breathless ingenue; that relentless drive and steely Kidmanesque determination keep jutting through the cotton in flinty, sharp-edged shards.
  9. 25
    Un-magical, unfunny and un-romantic alleged comedy.
  10. 25
    The motion picture version of Bewitched is a travesty of monumental proportions that belongs in the "What the hell were they thinking?" category.
  11. Why is the movie such a mess? Will Ferrell plays a washed-up actor who's supposed to be a hopeless mess, but even his character makes little sense. Is it all supposed to be postmodern? No, it's post-postmortem, the dead spirit of a dearly departed show.
  12. 10
    Bewitched piles miscalculation upon miscalculation, beginning by casting the iron-willed Kidman, one of film's gutsiest and most fearless actresses, as a regressive pre-feminist dumb-blonde doormat, a sort of mildly retarded amalgam of Marilyn Monroe, Renée Zellweger, and Meg Ryan.
  13. To spend even 10 minutes in the movie's universe is to experience the Sartrean nausea of an utterly hollow head and heart.
  14. This hackneyed, hapless and utterly useless redo of an overrated 1960s sitcom is excruciating to sit through for a dozen reasons.
User Score
5.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 124 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 70
  2. Negative: 28 out of 70
  1. D.L.Brunner
    Dec 2, 2005
    5
    Not nearly as bad as I expected.
  2. Aug 29, 2014
    2
    I expect this filth from Will Ferrell but Nicole Kidman? ...and Shirley MacLaine? Two actresses well above this flick. Perhaps what is mostI expect this filth from Will Ferrell but Nicole Kidman? ...and Shirley MacLaine? Two actresses well above this flick. Perhaps what is most disappointing is the clear lack of effort. Full Review »
  3. Nov 8, 2012
    3
    This troubleshooting remake may not be Ferrel's worst farce, but its certainly the most boring of them all.