The Witch 2016 – Aggregated Review

One of the most awaited horror films of this year The Witch, released on 19th February 2016. Like every other movie, this movie has been liked by some and hated by some.


The movie has overall garnered positive reviews with most finding the suspense good. Some horror fans have found the movie to be somewhat lacking in jump scare.  Let us what people critics and audiences all around the world are saying about this movie.


IMDB7.5/10. IMDB users seem to have been liked The Witch overall. This is what some of them reviewed:

The performances are explosive, the tension is gut-wrenching, and the settings are nightmarish.

As good as any psychological horror gets.

If you go and expect your typical horror movie with jump scares and a hidden ‘baddie’ slowly revealing itself along the movie in scary scenes, THIS IS NOT IT. This is mostly a family drama that tries to build suspense and make the viewer feel uneasy.

Some people also gave in negative comments like

Should not be marketed as horror film

I guess drama films count as horror film now.


Rotten Tomatoes gives the movie – The Witch 88% with an average rating of 7.8/10. And the audience score is 53%

This is what the top critics at rotten tomatoes said:

Helped by along by a great cast, a haunting soundtrack and terrific attention to period detail, The Witch is an auspicious feature debut for writer-director Robert Eggers.

“The Witch” feels at once sticky with tangible detail and numinous with suggestion.

I would prefer seeing a failed attempt at something different than a regurgitation of every modern horror trope. Yet The Witch proves unable to capitalize on being different.

Other critics too had similar reaction

The horror clichés could practically write themselves from that point, but Eggers himself resists temptation at nearly every turn.

Robert Eggers’ The Witch is a reminder that horror’s essence is patience that moviegoers are trained to not have.

The first must see movie of 2016.


Metacritic gives The Witch a metascore of 84

This is what their users reviewed about The Witch

I was expecting more from this film based on the critical acclaim it garnered but left the theater disappointed. The movie is definitely well-made and original but it seemed somewhat uninteresting. I thoroughly enjoyed the concept but feel the creators did not deliver a product that reached its full potential. Highly unsettling and disturbing throughout but just not very scary or interesting

I won’t dispute that this movie is enjoyable and a little creepy. However, it’s being proclaimed a horror masterpiece. This is not even a sliver as scary as “The Exorcist.” It’s beautiful to look at, well-acted, and has a good musical score. It’s one of those movies that many film critics and industry insiders really seem to appreciate. Many actual consumers who are horror fans will be left asking those critics, “How out of touch are you?” I haven’t been this disappointed with a film critic darling pick for horror since “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.” Both are good films, but way too much hype on the fear factor

I was extremely let down by this movie. All the critic reviews claimed that it was terrifying and thought-provoking, but it is not. There are some beautiful scenes and some creepy images, but that seems to be all there is.

The negative fan reviews shock me almost as much as this amazing, creepy, beautiful, terrifying film. I saw it several months ago at a screening and couldn’t wait to see it again. Everything: soundtrack, dialogue, cinematography, acting, pace seamlessly create a mood of real dread unlike anything I’ve seen in years.


Cinemascore gave the The Witch –  “C-“.

Roger Ebert:

There were times when “The Witch” lost me narratively, but it has a cumulative power and a final sequence of scenes that left crowds at Sundance pinned to their seats, afraid to move.




Justin Chang Chief Film Critic of Variety Says:

Laying an imaginative foundation for the 1692 Salem witchcraft trials that would follow decades later, writer-director Robert Eggers’ impressive debut feature walks a tricky line between disquieting ambiguity and full-bore supernatural horror, but leaves no doubt about the dangerously oppressive hold that Christianity exerted on some dark corners of the Puritan psyche. With its formal, stylized diction and austere approach to genre, this accomplished feat of low-budget period filmmaking will have to work considerable marketing magic to translate appreciative reviews into specialty box-office success, but clearly marks Eggers as a storyteller of unusual rigor and ambition.



It can be said that the witch had a mostly positive reaction from reviewers and critics. Sounds like a good horror movie, which can disappoint some depending on their preference.