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. It's funny, easily the funniest and least self-conscious movie that director Nora Ephron has made.
  2. 63
    It's one of those movies where you smile and laugh and are reasonably entertained, but you get no sense of a mighty enterprise sweeping you along with its comedic force. There is not a movie here. Just scenes in search of one.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    63
    As endearing as Ferrell and Kidman are on their own, there's just no chemistry between them onscreen.
  4. Puts a fun, frothy spin on the 1960s TV show before sinking back into the mundane.
  5. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    60
    As long as it stays focused on showbiz, Bewitched is light, frothy fun. But Ephron insists on turning Bewitched into a love story, and that's when the fun starts to seep out of the movie.
  6. Sadly, it's a disappointment. Nicole Kidman could hardly be more enchanting in the lead, but the script is one of writer-director Nora Ephron's weakest.
  7. Despite the labors of leads Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell, there's no screen magic being made here.
  8. An uninspired misfire of a TV-series knockoff that, despite its great cast and smart filmmakers, never manages to scare up much magic.
  9. A romantic comedy that's pleasant, if not exactly spellbinding.
  10. 50
    When Ephron gives Ferrell and Kidman a musical number that's supposed to be sweet and uplifting, the movie feels downright creepy.
  11. One thing Kidman is not is a clown. She thinks fizzy and dizzy and klutzy are funny. She is mistaken. To be a clown requires a kind of witchcraft.
  12. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    Bewitched does have a few laughs, thanks to Ferrell's antics. And some of the wittiest contemporary comedians are on board, notably "The Office's" Steve Carell and "The Daily Show's" Stephen Colbert, but they are underused.
  13. With no help from the dialogue, Kidman doesn't have a clue how to make clueless interesting. Not for lack of trying. Her efforts, which often consist of channelling Elizabeth Montgomery by way of Marilyn Monroe, are painful but insistent.
  14. The Ephron sisters, sophisticates entrusted with a simple TV situation comedy, lose the magic of the com as they mess with the sit.
  15. 50
    Kidman will have the last laugh; not even Ephron, with her dumb flying house of a movie, can crush her magic.
  16. 50
    The result is clever, and the narrative twistings keep you on your toes, but there's just one hitch: it ain't funny.
  17. The special effects, for once, are witty rather than overblown, and director Nora Ephron, writing with her sister Delia, handles the material with some grace and confidence.
  18. 40
    Falls victim to an overly tricky rethinking of the way familiar TV shows are transformed into movies.
  19. Reviewed by: Simon Braund
    40
    It’s neither funny nor charming enough, proving a disappointing treatment of fabulous source material.
  20. This isn’t Nicole Kidman’s first dalliance with witchcraft, and it is one of Bewitched’s unfortunate achievements that it actually makes one pine for Kidman’s 1998 dud, "Practical Magic." That witch at least had some sass; this cardigan-clad witch, alas, is an altogether more benign being, and by "benign" I mean boring.
  21. Isn't a remake, really. It's a "reimagining," which is a sparkly word for what happens to a beloved TV hit of yesteryear when it's cannibalized by committee.
  22. The film's screenwriters conjured up a very clever gimmick when they decided to revamp a favorite 60's television show. Too bad they forgot that a gimmick is no substitute for a screenplay, never mind a real movie.
  23. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    40
    Using R.E.M.'s impassioned "Everybody Hurts"--written by Michael Stipe after the suicide of Kurt Cobain--to underscore shots of Kidman and Ferrell feeling blue about their inability to pair off is an aesthetic crime. The Ephrons should be fined and forced to do a few hundred hours of community service.
  24. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    40
    Bewitched means to be a civilized entertainment, which occasionally it is. But the gentility of this antique sitcom cannot be recaptured at this late date.
  25. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    40
    Nora Ephron's attempt to reconceive the standard TV-to-bigscreen adaptation goes bizarrely haywire here, spinning out of control like a runaway broomstick.
  26. The result, at best, is a sweet failure.
  27. 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."
  28. 38
    Forget chemistry: There's no biology to the star casting.
  29. 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.
  30. Kidman is stuck in this pomo movie about the making of a TV-show remake. It’s "Being John Malkovich for Morons."
  31. 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.
  32. It sinks so deep and fast, you don't even see bubbles on the surface.
  33. 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.
  34. 25
    Un-magical, unfunny and un-romantic alleged comedy.
  35. 25
    The motion picture version of Bewitched is a travesty of monumental proportions that belongs in the "What the hell were they thinking?" category.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. To spend even 10 minutes in the movie's universe is to experience the Sartrean nausea of an utterly hollow head and heart.
  39. 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 122 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 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.