Matilda

Matilda

Matilda

Danny DeVito’s 1996 family comedy based on the Roald Dahl children's fantasy book following a young girl (Mara Wilson) with a brilliant mind, the parents (De Vito and Rhea Pearlman) that constantly mistreat her, the lovely teacher (Embeth Davidtz) who recognises her gift, and the dreaded Miss Trunchbull (Pam Ferris) - the abusive headmistress who punishes her students by locking them in 'The Chokey'.

1996Rating: PG93 minsUSA
ComedyKids & FamilyFantasy
Director:
Danny DeVito ('Death to Smoochy', 'The War of the Roses', 'Throw Momma from the Train')
Writer:
Nicholas KazanRobin Swicord
Cast:
Mara WilsonDanny DeVitoRhea PerlmanEmbeth DavidtzPam FerrisPaul Reubens

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Variety

Variety

A delightfully twisted fairy tale that artfully juggles broad tomfoolery and sly drollery, along with a generous serving of sight gags enhanced by special effects.

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Time Out

Time Out

The real joy here is the view of generational war, the children's assumption of zero tolerance for injustices inflicted by absurd adults, and the recognition that the big meanies should be punished, by fair means or foul.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

DeVito brings out the merrily black comedy...

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Whatever it was that hurt Dahl so deeply, he never forgave it, and his children's stories are driven by it. DeVito seems to vibrate on the same wavelength.

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