Into the Woods Synopsis
“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests.
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By Alonso Duralde
Marshall deserves credit for knowing how to shoot and cut (alongside editor Wyatt Smith, “Thor: The Dark World”) a musical number, and his...
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Miami Herald

Marshall, who established himself as a great movie musical director with 2002’s Oscar-winning Chicago, has done a masterful job of...
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Stephen Sondheim’s stage classic Into the Woods, a dark and subversive musical take on fairy tales, not only survives but triumphs in the...
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By Susan Wloszczyna
The singing is often splendid. The bits of humor are deftly handled. The pace is relatively swift. And it never feels like a static...
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The Telegraph

By Robbie Collin
The film is a whirl of pure pleasure that just keeps whirling: Sondheim doesn’t write show-stoppers but show-surgers, and from the moment...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
Into the Woods rumbles on for too long and has some dry patches here and there — but just when we’re growing fidgety, we get another...
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By Scott Foundas
Marshall hasn’t made one of the great movie musicals here, but he hasn’t bungled it either — far from it.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Chris Nashawaty
The first two-thirds of the film, which are like the Brothers Grimm's Greatest Hits on laughing gas, have a fizzy, fairy-dust energy. But...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The notion that children are raised on fairy tales and the question of how those early stories affect us all — even into adulthood —...
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Village Voice

By Alan Scherstuhl
Rob Marshall simply cuts from one tale to the next, isolating his actors. There's little sense that the fairytale space is a shared one --...
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By smcglohn
Last night we were invited to attend the a private screening in Tysons for "Into the Woods". I have never had this privilege with security guards and phone check-in. The only positive thing I can say...

It was good and worth seeing at least once.

By mavram
I was lucky enough to get to go to a screening of 'Into The Woods' tonight. The really good: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, and Anna Kendrick (and several others) are outstanding, with incredible...


By jmorris236
There are some changes from the stage version -- the film is not quite so dark. What is annoying is the number of people who complain that this "is not for children". Of course not; it's a Stephen...

Such a fun time at the movies

By nise1231
I wish more movies were like this. It was just a GREAT time and I enjoyed it all the way through. Obviously everything Meryl Streep touches turns to gold and that's certainly still true here, but the...

Movie does the stage version justice .... loved it!!

By nicolethome
Into the Woods is one of my all-time favorite musicals so ... when I heard it was being turned into a movie AND it was Disney, I thought "uh oh, they're going to change it!" They didn't. Thank God...

Send it back into the woods.

By aka-CP
While there were some good performances, and a few funny moments, this film dragged on to the point of musical torture. Depp was brilliant as the wolf, but his song to Red Riding Hood was creepy to...

Very Deceptive Trailers - It is a musical and a bad one at that.

By charlesoverbeck
It is a musical and a bad one at that....

Not for kids

By matelarj
I wish I didn't bring my small daughter to see this movie, now she's confused, why would Cinderella's prince cheat on her? Too weird for the kids to appreciate the story....

Horrible Waste of Time

By rgiller
Don't let the previews deceive you ... this is a musical and a bad one at that. It can't quite decide if it's a comedy, romance or drama but it fails in every category. I wish I had my two hours...

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By sweetness913sdg
The movie SUCKED! To long and the singing got old after 2 hours....

More Info

Rated PG | For Thematic Elements, Some Suggestive Material and Fantasy Action and Peril
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 10+ Sondheim's fairy tale musical is dark, complex, sublime.
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