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12/31/2015 by Sophie GilbertWhen it comes to navigating how to be both a family-friendly holiday crowdpleaser and a faithful adaptation of a tricky but profound musical, Into the Woods is mostly golden.
1/6/2015 by Ben SachsWith the exception of Meryl Streep (as the Witch) and James Corden (as the Baker), the cast is bland, and the bombastic orchestrations tend to steamroll the nuances of Sondheim's score.
1/5/2015 by Cath ClarkeIf you go down to the woods today... you'll find A-listers dressed like 'Game of Thrones' extras belting out showtunes.
12/29/2014 by Wesley MorrisThe movie is a watchable, tuneful contraption.
12/26/2014 by Ty BurrMarshall's film captures enough of the emotions that course through this sneaky fairy tale about childish things like love, sex, grief, insecurity, abandonment, and forbearance.
12/25/2014 by Steven ReaA jolly mash-up of symbol-laden, signature once-upon-a-time tales about lust, envy, greed, and misguided pursuits of happiness.
New York Times
12/24/2014 by Stephen Holden"Into the Woods," the splendid Disney screen adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical, infuses new vitality into the tired marketing concept of entertainment for "children of all ages."
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
12/24/2014 by Joe Williams"Into the Woods" could have taken a well-worn path toward stagey sentiments, but those who worried that Hollywood might drain the enchantment from the Enchanted Forest can live happily after.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
12/24/2014 by Preston JonesThe sly send-up of fantasy tropes and healthy doses of humor help Into the Woods feel very much like the books and films it gently satirizes, even as it stands on its own as a solid entry into the musical-fantasy genre.
12/24/2014 by Stephen WhittyRob Marshall - who previously shepherded a glossy if slightly diluted version of "Chicago" to the screen - does a decent job transferring the material.
Dallas Morning News
12/24/2014 by Nancy ChurninAs with Chicago, Marshall makes bold choices, but they pay off. His cast may glitter with film stars, but they work as an ensemble and keep their stories emotionally true against a terrifically rich orchestral accompaniment.
Los Angeles Times
12/24/2014 by Betsy SharkeyWhat makes "Into the Woods" so entertaining is the cleverness of the tale itself and the way specific characters match the talents of its storytellers.
12/24/2014 by Susan WloszczynaIf nothing else, "Into the Woods" will provide edifying sustenance for holiday crowds desperate to find a fitting movie to share with their family after the gift-opening and feasting is over.
12/24/2014 by Dana StevensInstead of being a rueful meditation on the inevitable disappointments of adulthood, the last act plays out as a generic dystopian bummer.
12/24/2014 by Linda BarnardA mixed bag of clever twists on familiar storybook myths, engaging performances and forgettable songs.
Minneapolis Star Tribune
12/24/2014 by Colin Covert"Into the Woods" is a paean to the primal magic of storytelling.
Christian Science Monitor
12/24/2014 by Peter RainerThe Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine 1987 musical Into the Woods has been transferred to the screen by director Rob Marshall with most of its complexities and light-dark tonalities intact.
12/24/2014 by Rex ReedI left disenchanted and irritated by so many missed opportunities.
New York Post
12/24/2014 by Lou Lumenick"Into the Woods'' thankfully retains most of its wit and bite, and showcases two of the year's very best female performances, from Streep and Blunt.
12/24/2014 by Moira MacDonaldDoes it work as a movie? Thanks to a few cast members, the answer is - yes, and for the most part quite nicely.
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