Matilda: The Musical

117 mins
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The director of 2014's Pride adapts the Tony and Olivier award-winning musical to screen.

Based off the Roald Dahl classic, Matilda... More

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Matilda: The Musical | Ratings & Reviews

Hey Trunchbull, leave them kids alone! Gleeful production design, witty songs from Tim Minchin, and a hilariously game Emma Thompson give Roald Dahl's inspiring kids book a fresh lease on life.

"A frothy, whimsical delight that encompasses every expectation we were bound to have already placed on it."


"Emma Thompson's Trunchbull steals the show..."


"Matilda is a tangy bit of entertainment, served up with gusto."

The GuardianThe Guardian

"Like Dahl’s book, everything in this film, from tenderness to terror, is so exuberant."

The TelegraphThe Telegraph

"Visually colourful yet thematically dark..."

Screen DailyScreen Daily

"Comes with oodles of charm – albeit of a kind likely to send anyone averse to precocious moppets sprinting for the nearest hill."

Total FilmTotal Film

"Bookworms, unite. Precocious and literate, Matilda is a role model for all ages."

The Straits TimesThe Straits Times

"Matilda the Musical isn’t a miracle, but it is a lot of fun."


"For a film that takes this much glee in cruelty... it also includes scenes of genuine loveliness."

The New York TimesThe New York Times

"It completely misunderstands why so many children around the world adore these stories - because they were written for them and not their parents."


"Just the blast of wicked fun we need..."


"(Warchus) has done a wonderful job transferring the musical’s energy to the screen."

Sydney Morning HeraldSydney Morning Herald

"Matilda dances exuberantly onto the screen and into your heart."

The Washington PostThe Washington Post

"There’s no arguing with the songs. And the young actors are uniformly excellent..."

San Francisco ChronicleSan Francisco Chronicle

"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."

"An enjoyably bright and chipper adaptation of a moving, melancholy story..."

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times

"Faithful to both the surreal nature of the Roald Dahl story and the playfulness of the musical."


"it feels less a fully reimagined screen adaptation, more like a deluxe souvenir programme with pictures that move."

Financial TimesFinancial Times

"Whether for little kids or very big ones, this Matilda is fantastically fun."

Time OutTime Out

"Alisha Weir is a compelling, spirited heroine..."

The Irish TimesThe Irish Times

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

The New YorkerThe New Yorker

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

New York PostNew York Post

Matilda: The Musical | Details

PG, Some scary scenes
Fantasy, Kids & Family, Musical
Country of origin
Netflix Original

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