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      Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical Reviews

      As delightful as its title is clunky.

      Full Review | Jan 31, 2023

      The library full of charm remains, as does a story that's always relatable for all ages. Horrors and hilarity, a heroine for the ages, a hulking villain of a headmistress, the beloved Miss Honey, telekinetic powers: they're all also accounted for.

      Full Review | Jan 26, 2023

      Better than the '90s one!

      Full Review | Jan 15, 2023

      This musical is about just as good as the previous adaptation. Nothing revolutionary, but it works as a fun (if a bit long) coming-of-age tale focused on an extraordinary young girl and how she deals with greedy parents and a nasty school principal.

      Full Review | Original Score: 7/10 | Jan 11, 2023

      It's a mixture of 1980s gaudiness and traditional British theater that mostly works well, but some viewers will be put off by the shrill aspects of this musical. Lashana Lynch's performance [as Miss Honey] is a delightful standout.

      Full Review | Jan 8, 2023

      Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical thrives on color, song and dance, impressive acting, and cunning camera work.

      Full Review | Jan 6, 2023

      This film will appeal to fans of musicals, fantasies, and twisted fairytales. The songs will especially make you want to tune in again and again.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5 | Jan 6, 2023

      For Emma Thompson’s performance alone, Matilda The Musical is worth the investment, but you will still appreciate the songs and execution of this classic story.

      Full Review | Original Score: 9/10 | Jan 6, 2023

      A spirited adaptation of the book and stage musical.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3/4 | Jan 5, 2023

      Weir’s confidence and talent is astonishing, so much so that “Matilda” will likely be referred to as the debut of a major talent in the not-to-distant future.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4.0 | Jan 5, 2023

      Ardent fans of the musical will rejoice for any reason to revisit the iconic songs and enthralling reinvention by genius Tim Minchin; all others will likely yearn for the Matilda struck into public consciousness nearly three decades prior.

      Full Review | Jan 2, 2023

      The new Matilda retains the novel’s warm melancholy without unnecessarily appealing to the Gen Z like so many contemporary musicals tend to.

      Full Review | Dec 31, 2022

      There were many good musical numbers written by Tim Minchin.

      Full Review | Original Score: B+ | Dec 31, 2022

      The latest attempt is an adaptation of the Tony award winning musical Matilda called appropriately Matilda the Musical and I’d say it’s mostly successful in attempting to convert this difficult material to the big screen (or Netflix screen…)

      Full Review | Original Score: 7/10 | Dec 30, 2022

      "Matilda the Musical" serves as a textbook example of how to adapt a stage production adapted from a book to the screen without sacrificing the spirit of its author.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3/4 | Dec 29, 2022

      Warchus has done an exceptional job of bringing the joy and sentiment of the lauded stage production to the screen without slighting the book’s macabre sensibility and its exaltation of children’s rebellion in the face of adult cruelty.

      Full Review | Original Score: B | Dec 29, 2022

      The Dickensian tone that was also in DeVito's film washes over between the songs by Tim Minchin, the actor-songwriter who describes his performances as "fun cabaret shows," which sets the tone for the entire film. [Full review in Spanish]

      Full Review | Original Score: 3/4 | Dec 28, 2022

      Matilda the Musical does possess plenty of aural delights and visual flourishes, both charming and shudder-inducing.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5 | Dec 28, 2022

      Bookworms, unite. Precocious and literate, Matilda is a role model for all ages.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3/5 | Dec 28, 2022

      Alisha Weir exudes charisma in a film in which her character was at risk of being easily overshadowed by the striking histrionics of Emma Thompson. [Full review in Spanish]

      Full Review | Dec 28, 2022

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