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  • Summary: Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman are modern witches looking for love and happiness in this spunky and spellbinding comedy/romance. (Warner Bros.)
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 22
  2. Negative: 6 out of 22
  1. Dunne is committed, thank good-ness, unapologetic for even the most fluttery sentiment or spookiest chill, enjoying the swellness of the very idea almost as much as any fanciful girl.
  2. Lively acting, eye-catching cinematography, and funny dialogue lift this fantasy a notch above the average until love-story cliches and horror-movie shocks bog it down.
  3. 70
    Though its startling shifts in tone sometimes seem unmotivated, this dark yet syrupy 1998 romance has an adolescent charm.
  4. Reviewed by: Jack Mathews
    It just doesn't add up to anything -- or break down -- to anything special. For good or bad, there's hardly a memorable scene in it.
  5. 40
    Its flat whimsy, VH1-ready musical montage sequences, and less-than-magic magic realism will probably not be enough to hold the attention of all but the most undiscriminating fans of witches and Stockard Channing.
  6. Reviewed by: Sarah Kerr
    Griffin Dunne's plodding adaptation of Alice Hoffman's novel can't decide whether it's a horror show, a cute comedy, or a soap opera.
  7. 20
    Director Griffin Dunne lacks a clear vision, torn between blithe spirits and brimstone, between madcap and macabre. But then what does it matter when there's so little magic on screen anyhow? That is unless you count making audiences disappear.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Lisa
    Oct 18, 2005
    I've purchased two copies of this movie, because my children and I have worn out the first one watching it (got a DVD the second time) It's a refreshing change to see the good guy get his woman in the end and the bad guy get what he deserves, and all in the same film. Very refreshing, romance with action too. We need more films like this. Expand

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