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Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical

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United Kingdom, United States · 2022
1h 57m
Director Matthew Warchus
Starring Alisha Weir, Emma Thompson, Lashana Lynch, Stephen Graham
Genre Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Matilda, an extraordinary girl armed with a sharp mind, a vivid imagination, and telekinesis, dares to take a stand against her oppressive parents and her school's headmistress, using her magical powers to rebel against their tyranny.

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Slashfilm by

With lush, fun cinematography, creative staging, and some true powerhouse music and dance numbers, the strengths of "Matilda" more than make up for its weaknesses. Here's to the children of the revolution.


The Independent by Clarisse Loughrey

This is the rare musical that actually allows its performances room to breathe. There’s an inherent theatricality in the staging and a complexity in the choreography.


IndieWire by Ella Kemp

It’s no crime to have another wholesome heroine for a new generation to look up to, only a shame that this is a sanitized reproduction and slight distortion of one who already existed.


Variety by Guy Lodge

The film, on balance, is cheery, sherbet-colored stuff, bursting with goodwill for all good people. What you remember from it, however, is each scene in which elder malevolence deliciously spoils the party.


The Hollywood Reporter by Leslie Felperin

The team manages to hit most of the right notes with this perky, peculiar adaptation. Or maybe the film has just enough bright shiny objects and tightly synchronized dancing-child chorus lines to stop anyone from caring about all that problematic whatnot. In any case, it mostly works.


Total Film by Neil Smith

A serviceable translation of a theatrical success whose weaker elements are found wherever it veers too widely from its source.


Screen Daily by Nikki Baughan

This …Matilda is not just a big movie about a little girl finding her voice, but about the need to speak up against injustice, wherever its found, and to find people who believe in you enough to lend their support.

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