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      Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical Reviews

      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 2022 Matilda takes the narrative and world of a child and puts it on an adult’s terms. It completely misunderstands why so many children around the world adore these stories - because they were written for them and not their parents.

      Full Review | Original Score: D+ | Dec 23, 2022

      Much of the story's inherent darkness has been considerably watered down into something overly sweet and sentimental. It's the cinematic Roald Dahl adaptation furthest from the mischievous, macabre spirit of his work.

      Full Review | Original Score: 4/10 | Dec 19, 2022

      Despite strong performances, Matilda the Musical feels stretched thin and could have been shorter to keep up the pace and energy of when it works the best.

      Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5 | Dec 17, 2022

      Flamboyantly mounted and CGI-sprinkled as it is, it feels less a fully reimagined screen adaptation, more like a deluxe souvenir programme with pictures that move.

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

      I missed the measured sweetness of DeVito’s version. Over two breathless hours, this Matilda can be a little exhausting.

      Full Review | Nov 25, 2022

      Garish as opposed to colourful, the film’s precocious younger cast and uninspired staging will likely try the patience of Dahl fans not already in step with the musical.

      Full Review | Original Score: 2/5 | Nov 23, 2022

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