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      Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical Reviews

      A spirited adaptation of the book and stage musical.

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

      "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

      A rewarding example of the perilous practice of building such efforts around children. Of course, it helps that the young star, Alisha Weir, is terrific, aided by wonderful turns from Emma Thompson and Lashana Lynch.

      Full Review | Dec 28, 2022

      ‘We are revolting children, living in revolting times!’ Tim Minchin’s genius lyrics make this a smash hit, with Alisha Weir, for all ages. See you at the singalong version.

      Full Review | Dec 27, 2022

      For a film that takes this much glee in cruelty — Matilda is called “a brat,” “a bore,” “a lousy little worm” and “a nasty, little troublemaking goblin” in her first three minutes onscreen — it also includes scenes of genuine loveliness

      Full Review | Original Score: A | Dec 26, 2022

      This is a story about the family you choose, versus the one you were born into. And for some people, the chosen family is the one that makes all the difference.

      Full Review | Dec 26, 2022

      Stage directors, by and large, are inept at making movies and yet we keep allowing them to make movies. Still, “Matilda” has her moments.

      Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4 | Dec 26, 2022

      Just the blast of wicked fun we need, using song and dance to enhance Dahl’s timeless tale of naughty children vs uncaring adults distilled as bookish Matilda (Alisha Weir is a one-girl talent explosion) battles with Emma Thompson’s hellish headmistress.

      Full Review | Dec 23, 2022

      The film is directed by Matthew Warchus, who is the artistic director of the Old Vic in London and worked on the original stage production. He has done a wonderful job transferring the musical’s energy to the screen.

      Full Review | Original Score: 4/5 | Dec 23, 2022

      Matilda dances exuberantly onto the screen and into your heart.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4 | Dec 20, 2022

      There’s no arguing with the songs. And the young actors are uniformly excellent, most notably Alisha Weir as Matilda, who has a wonderfully intelligent face and a pinging singing voice.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3/4 | Dec 20, 2022

      Matilda the Musical may not be as fierce and feisty as Dahl’s book – almost every adaptation has toned it down – but it’s still plenty entertaining.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3/5 | Dec 10, 2022

      Matilda the Musical is both thrilling and engaging, even if at just under two hours with no interval, some parents might struggle to keep their young ones in their seats.

      Full Review | Original Score: 4/5 | Dec 9, 2022

      An enjoyably bright and chipper adaptation of a moving, melancholy story I’ve loved since childhood.

      Full Review | Dec 9, 2022

      Warchus brings together the cast with craftspeople behind the camera to create an intoxicatingly colorful and hyperreal world that is visually witty, highly stylized and mischievous, offering the audience a great big wink.

      Full Review | Dec 8, 2022

      The filmmakers don’t try to tone down Dahl’s darkness or sentimentalize the children’s plight. They recognize how condescending that would come across...

      Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5 | Dec 7, 2022

      It seems fitting... that the best thing about Warchus’s film should be the energy of the children.

      Full Review | Dec 2, 2022

      Faithful to both the surreal nature of the Roald Dahl story and the playfulness of the musical. Emma Thompson stands out, as always.

      Full Review | Original Score: 4/5 | Dec 1, 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

      At nearly two hours in length, it’s slightly overstretched and could probably have lost a musical number or two. Still, this is immensely enjoyable stuff.

      Full Review | Original Score: 4/5 | Nov 27, 2022

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