Practical Magic

Metascore
46

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 22
  2. Negative: 6 out of 22

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    60
    It tootles along being cute and fluffy like a twentysomethings' version of Sabrina The Teenage Witch, but to further its notions of sisterhood and the power of women, it also takes a spin through Thelma And Louise territory, then revisits The Exorcist to up the supernatural content. It's enough to make your head spin.
  2. It's just a little too ironic (to quote Okay Pop Singer Alanis Morrisette) that a movie with the word "magic" in its title should be such a perfect example of the difference between competence and inspiration.
  3. 50
    It's not that the movie isn't fun in spots; it's just a TV-ready mix of camp and curdle.
  4. 50
    The movie doesn't seem sure what tone to adopt, veering uncertainly from horror to laughs to romance.
  5. It's all swell, though after two hours of nonstop yin energy, one does begin to wish that someone like Bruce Willis might show up in a sweaty T-shirt, scratching himself.
  6. The cast and crew and screenwriters seem to have had some fun with it, and the audience, coming along for the ride, has some fun with it, too.
  7. 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.
  8. 40
    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.
  9. 40
    The title is, to say the least, an understatement. Witchcraft has rarely looked more prosaic and less sexy than it does in Griffin Dunne's Practical Magic.
  10. 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.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Nov 23, 2015
    9
    This is a fun movie to watch. I get this sort of empathy towards these witches and a feeling of nostalgia for the 90's. Ooh Sandra Bullock,This is a fun movie to watch. I get this sort of empathy towards these witches and a feeling of nostalgia for the 90's. Ooh Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman and Goran Visnjic young again. It is a fun movie to watch, fun for the whole family cause everyone lives happily ever after at the end. Full Review »
  2. Lisa
    Oct 18, 2005
    10
    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) 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. Full Review »