Matilda (1996) - Comedy, Family, Fantasy

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Story of a wonderful little girl, who happens to be a genius, and her wonderful teacher vs. the worst parents ever and the worst school principal imaginable.

IMDB: 6.9
Director: Danny DeVito
Stars: Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman
Length: 102 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 9 out of 178 found boring (5.05%)

One-line Reviews (63)

This movie is nothing but surreal, depressing tripe that will actually SCARE some children, and adults will just find this so grim and repetetive and BORING!

Best suited for kids, neat execution and decent performances and good throw..worth the watch..

A very enjoyable film that I'd recommend to everyone.

Its entertaining I guess.

I find it incredibly boring, stupid, and cheezy.

It has it's moments of drama-- today even, the scene of Ms. Honey and Matilda in the home of the Trench puts me on the edge of my seat.

it had me on the edge of my seat and my popcorn was flying everywhere.. i would just like to ask all you other Matilda fans out there if you know the title of the song played in Matilda whilst she is cooking pancakes.. she is aged about 4years old.

For anyone who hasn't seen it, I highly recommend it!

I enjoyed it so much that I think I'll also get it on DVD for myself.

Fine setup becomes predictable with a mishandled conclusion.

It is such a drab and depressing movie that I gave it a 2/10.

Enjoyable story about a sweet young genius with absolutely horrible situations to overcome (family & school) before she finds true happiness with a stranger.

By day, Matilda must take in packages containing parts for her dad's cars as well as prepare her own meals, and to starve off boredom and loneliness, she sneaks to the library to read.

What makes Matilda the movie special is the fabulous story and message, the great acting, and that is also fun, sweet, naughty and entertaining.

Summary: as the cliché goes, "fun for all ages.

Matilda is a depressing, boring, poor, stale movie.

Matilda's teacher - Ms Honey is pretty much the boring character of saint figure.

A fun and entertaining movie for the whole family.

This is a fascinating film.

very enjoyable movie .

Now I have always considered art to be of a high quality if it evokes an intense wave of emotion in me.

This film is good because it is unpredictable and has an all round mischievous tone.

Everything was so predictable and dull.

I found this movie immensely entertaining and very well acted for a movie that involves A LOT of children.

What I can say here is that 'Matilda' is certainly one of those family movies that are timeless and that are enjoyable to watch over and over again.

Quite enjoyable, for the right age group.

Matilda is a wonderful movie that I ever seen and very exciting.

A enjoyable ride for children and adults alike.

I remember seeing this film as a child, and I enjoyed it to bits.

This is a sign of a superb film when it's destined age is the young teens and young children, but me and my family all enjoyed it on the Sky channel one night.

Overall the film contains lovable characters a few unexpected moments and a 'villain' that will and has been hated for generations.

All those acting in it are at a peak, possibly drawn out by how Griffin Dunne was approaching romance.

As far as the story goes, what at first just appears to be a hyper-reality—bright colors mixed with drab and dull sets, a precocious six-year-old making breakfast and going to the library herself to learn, and a very black and white delineation between good and evil—becomes so much more in the second half.

Life as a child is fantastic and happy and exciting and scary.

I don't see anything like this, only one character was kind and that was Miss Honey and she was as bland and transparent as water.

The summer of 1996 was an exciting time.

The plot is completely uninteresting and just plain boring.

Enjoyable film, although full of dark humor .

With a nifty score by David Newman, this is an all-round showstopper entertaining movie for the young and young at heart, with laughs, scares, satire, great acting, a great story and a beautiful message.

It has relatable situations to certain individuals, laughter, love and intense moments for sure viewers.

And if you haven't read the book, the story is still coherent and the movie still entertaining.

The movie moves along at a good clip with few, if any, boring spots.

This movie is also an entertaining movie.

The effects are not very good, and the scenes where the power/effects are used are boring.

And Perlman is transformed into a shrill gaudy looking woman, so confident that her wardrobe and appearance are beautiful that the fact she looks like a ten-cent prostitute is even more entertaining.

Leave it to the warped mind of Danny DeVito to take a Roald Dahl book and adapt it into a very enjoyable children's film that has enough crazy fun for adults to watch as well.

Delinquent behavior, violence and many gross scenes make for a wildly enjoyable kids movie.

This movie is is pretty enjoyable.

This film is enjoyable for the all the family.

She's slow at speaking.

I enjoyed it very much.

This is essentially a story geared for children, with a familiar theme that the kid is smarter than any adult, which has gotten tiresome in the last decade or two.

As it is, it's a very flawed but entertaining film that parents and older kids can enjoy.

Davidtz is lovely, Reubens and Walter do a great comic double-act as a couple of dopey cops, and real life husband-and-wife DeVito and Perlman are brilliant as the loathsome Wormwoods - people who are not actually evil, just so horribly awful and greedy in their narrow-minded suburban banality that you want to choke them.

Astonishingly and surprisingly entertaining.

Yes, the story is Americanized (though Miss Trunchbull remains British), and some new material is added probably to make the story more commercial (such as a subplot with two bumbling FBI agents, and a thrilling scene where Matilda returns to Miss Trunchbull's house at night).

---5A) "Matilda" the movie: the entire, long, drawn out episode of Matilda psychically invading Trunchbull's (yes, I know) house is contrived.

It's one of the most memorable films I've seen, and I highly recommend it to viewers of all ages.

Enjoyable kids' flick concerning the misadventures of young Matilda Wormwood, an exceptionally bright girl who is trapped in an uncaring family who find her a nuisance.

It's a pretty good movie, humorous and entertaining, delightfully derived from the novel by Ronald Dahl.

To wrap this up, I'd like to say, "To all you Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, or Mara Wilson fans who have not seen this excellent movie for all ages, I highly recommend it!

However, some of the best children's movies are sufficiently well-produced as to be enjoyable for adults as well - at least some adults.

'Matilda,' while straying from the book's true form, is still highly enjoyable to watch, especially for those of us who have read the Dahl's masterpiece.