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Matilda [film] by Danny DeVito
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Matilda [film] (1996)

by Danny DeVito (Director), Nicholas Kazan (Screenwriter), Robin Swicord (Screenwriter)

Other authors: Stefan Czapsky (Cinematography), Liccy Dahl (Producer), Roald Dahl (Original story), Embeth Davidtz (Actor), Pam Ferris (Actor)3 more, Rhea Perlman (Actor), Paul Reubens (Actor), Mara Wilson (Actor)

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An unappreciated little girl has a powerful mind.

Cartoonish fun. I'm not a fan of the story; the antagonist is too purely mean and cruel with no reason - universally detestable - which I always find to be a tedious and ineffective device. But it's still a good movie. ( )
  comfypants | Feb 17, 2016 |
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Danny DeVito's adaptation of the Roald Dahl book for children is mostly just fine, helped along quite a bit by the charming performance of Mara Wilson (Mrs. Doubtfire) as young Matilda, a brilliant girl neglected by her stupid, self-involved parents (DeVito and Rhea Perlman). Ignored at home, Matilda escapes into a world of reading, exercising her mind so much she develops telekinetic powers. Good thing, too: sent off to a school headed by a cruel principal, Matilda needs all the help she can get. DeVito takes a highly stylized approach that is sometimes reminiscent of Barry Sonnenfeld (director of Get Shorty, a DeVito production), and his judgment is not the best in some matters, such as letting the comic-scary sequences involving the principal go on too long. But much of the film is delightful and funny. --Tom Keogh
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  schotpot | May 5, 2007 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
DeVito, DannyDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kazan, NicholasScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Swicord, RobinScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Czapsky, StefanCinematographysecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dahl, LiccyProducersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dahl, RoaldOriginal storysecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Davidtz, EmbethActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ferris, PamActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Perlman, RheaActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Reubens, PaulActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wilson, MaraActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com (ISBN 0800196767, VHS Tape)

Danny DeVito's adaptation of the Roald Dahl book for children is mostly just fine, helped along quite a bit by the charming performance of Mara Wilson (Mrs. Doubtfire) as young Matilda, a brilliant girl neglected by her stupid, self-involved parents (DeVito and Rhea Perlman). Ignored at home, Matilda escapes into a world of reading, exercising her mind so much she develops telekinetic powers. Good thing, too: sent off to a school headed by a cruel principal, Matilda needs all the help she can get. DeVito takes a highly stylized approach that is sometimes reminiscent of Barry Sonnenfeld (director of Get Shorty, a DeVito production), and his judgment is not the best in some matters, such as letting the comic-scary sequences involving the principal go on too long. But much of the film is delightful and funny. --Tom Keogh

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Matilda is a super-smart little girl who is woefully ignored and ridiculed by her self-centered parents. They send her to a school with a mean, bullying principal, where she learns she has special powers that can help her, her friends, and her kind and gentle teacher.… (more)

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