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Into the Woods

Musical . Adventure . Comedy . Fantasy . Family . Music

A witch conspires to teach important lessons to various characters of popular children's stories including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel.

Actors: MacKenzie Mauzy , Daniel Huttlestone , Christine Baranski , Lucy Punch , Meryl Streep , Emily Blunt , Johnny Depp , Chris Pine , James Corden , Anna Kendrick
Directors: Rob Marshall
Country: USA , UK , CANADA
Release: 2014-12-25
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  • 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.” That usually translates to mean only children and their doting parents. But with Into the Woods, you grow up with the characters, young and old, in a lifelong process of self-discovery.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    The singing is often splendid. The bits of humor are deftly handled. The pace is relatively swift. And it never feels like a static rendition of a theatrical event dumbed down for a younger demographic. Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Stephen Sondheim’s stage classic Into the Woods, a dark and subversive musical take on fairy tales, not only survives but triumphs in the composer’s most unlikely collaboration with Disney.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Christine Dolen

    Marshall, who established himself as a great movie musical director with 2002’s Oscar-winning Chicago, has done a masterful job of collaborating with Sondheim and Lapine to transform their 1987 Tony Award-winning, two-act musical into a film that flows seamlessly as it juggles its intertwining storylines.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    Marshall deserves credit for knowing how to shoot and cut (alongside editor Wyatt Smith, “Thor: The Dark World”) a musical number, and his work here ranks much closer to his success with “Chicago” than to his dismal “Nine.”

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    The big star with the most unexpected chops, though, is Chris Pine, who runs with his Prince Charming role and, along with Billy Magnussen as Rapunzel's Prince, contributes the movie's best musical moment with the duet "Agony."

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Although its first hour is more stunning than its second, this is a movie musical that, for a change, never degenerates into a false wholesomeness. It’s one of the rare musicals that both children and adults can enjoy, though for somewhat different reasons.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Stephanie Hayes

    On film, Into the Woods feels tighter, the tone more cohesive.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    What makes Into the Woods so entertaining is the cleverness of the tale itself and the way specific characters match the talents of its storytellers.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    The cast is top-notch, the story is satisfyingly dark, the performances are fun and, of course, the songs are terrific.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • David Rooney

    This twisty fairy-tale mash-up shows an appreciation for the virtues of old-fashioned storytelling, along with a welcome dash of subversive wit. It benefits from respect for the source material, enticing production values and a populous gallery of sharp character portraits from a delightful cast.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    The film is a whirl of pure pleasure that just keeps whirling: Sondheim doesn’t write show-stoppers but show-surgers, and from the moment the glorious opening number whips up, introducing the central players, the film cartwheels onwards until it lands at its unexpected but quite beautiful happy-ever-after.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Indeed, most of the famous faces are surprisingly adept at singing. Even when the actors are not lip-syncing (which seems to be about half the time), the dense, clever lyrics are intelligible.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Johnny Depp, in bushy eyebrows, sinister mustache, and a suit and hat of fur, may be too cartoonishly lascivious for his own good as the wolf who pursues the girl in the scarlet cape to Grandmother's house. But then he gets to croon the couplet, "There's no way to describe what you feel / When you're talking to your meal." Delicious.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Into the Woods is forced in some places but exquisitely right in others, and it gains strength as it goes.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Faithful but not slavishly faithful to the source, the movie retains most of the songs but streamlines the story, particularly in the second half.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Brad Wheeler

    What is celebrated is the art of storytelling and the bedazzling attraction of a killer cast, uninhibited acting, giddy escapism, attractive visuals and an extroverted score.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Jesse Hassenger

    Even if this Into The Woods lacks the exhilaration of the best movie musicals, it does capture the show’s emotional intimacy—no small task in a field that favors razzle dazzle.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    Into the Woods rumbles on for too long and has some dry patches here and there — but just when we’re growing fidgety, we get another rousing musical number or another dark plot twist, and we’re back in business.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The movie works best whenever Corden and Blunt, performers of nearly limitless appeal and sweet-natured vulnerability, take the story back from their cohorts, though Kendrick is no less beguiling.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    Another example of concept over coherence, but the entertainment value is considerable.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    I’m only half-kidding when I suggest that you see the movie but leave (especially if you have kids) at what’s obviously the end of the first act. You’ll still get the dissonances, ambiguities, and portents of doom, along with much that is pure enchantment. And you won’t leave thinking the movie had been made by the Big Bad Wolf.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    Marshall hasn’t made one of the great movie musicals here, but he hasn’t bungled it either — far from it.

    Variety Full Review
  • Steve Davis

    As the ugly and bitter witch who yearns for stolen life, Streep’s performance, for the most part, is strangely joyless. Once upon a time, this actress knew how to keep it fresh when going over the top ("Death Becomes Her," anyone?), but here she’s hardly bewitching.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    The first two-thirds of the film, which are like the Brothers Grimm's Greatest Hits on laughing gas, have a fizzy, fairy-dust energy. But as soon as the baker couple's scavenger hunt is over and a rampaging giant appears, Woods loses its magic and momentum and sags like an airless balloon.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Yes, the sets and costumes elicit swoons, but it's the peerless Sondheim score, however truncated, that makes this Woods a prime destination.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Stephanie Merry

    The casting for the movie is outstanding. Streep is marvelous, as always, but in this case she outdoes even herself (and the script) by bringing a degree of poignancy to her conniving character.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Into the Woods left me out in the cold. The long-gestating cinematic adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's fairy tale-infused Broadway musical, Into the Woods can claim a clever screenplay and a few enjoyable performances but little else.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    The notion that children are raised on fairy tales and the question of how those early stories affect us all — even into adulthood — remains fascinating and is delivered here with visual panache and musical flair.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Streep, Marshall & Co. still manage to do the “Woods” justice. And if it’s more impressive than embraceable, remember your Sondheim (“Sweeney Todd,” “A Little Night Music,” etc.). That’s kind of his thing.

    Tribune News Service Full Review
  • R. Kurt Osenlund

    This PG-rated romp is, refreshingly, less notable for its happily-ever-afters than its oh-no-they-didn'ts.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Jamie Graham

    Family entertainment with death, limb-lopping and other horrors. If you go Into The Woods today, you’ll be surprised how faithful this is to the dark stage musical.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Cath Clarke

    Into the Woods starts better than it finishes but it’s a great-looking film, with a nicely old-school, easy-on-the-CG feel.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Angie Errigo

    There are brilliant, bewitching moments allied to hilarious and touching ones. Just not enough of them in what veers, at length, between the clever, the terrifying and the bit tiring.

    Empire Full Review
  • Genevieve Koski

    As a film, Into The Woods is trapped between the stage and the screen, at odds with both its source material and its adopted medium.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Loyal fans of the Sondheim original may feel a bit let down themselves. There’s much to love here. But working with original “Woods” writer and Sondheim collaborator James Lapine, Marshall tones down the crucial dark shading in some places and has trouble with pacing in others.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    Whether it's past its pop-culture expiration date or not, Into The Woods deserved a more visually inventive director to help make it work, and instead, we get something that feels somehow reduced by its translation to the screen.

    HitFix Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    The tedium of Into the Woods’ second half has less to do with the downbeat subject matter than Marshall’s clumsy direction.

    Slate Full Review
  • Rodrigo Perez

    Has its moments, especially any time Streep is on screen, but as it strains on at an overlong two hours, the glitter of fairy tale movie magic diminishes, leaving only a pale shadow.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    Rob Marshall simply cuts from one tale to the next, isolating his actors. There's little sense that the fairytale space is a shared one -- it's just a bunch of noisy incident transpiring in unrelated treestands.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    As strong as that cast and those visuals are, however, they don't quite add up enough to guarantee a happily-ever-after for moviegoers looking for a memorable in-theater experience.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
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  • 1. Prologue: Into the Woods Performer: James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Daniel Huttlestone, Emily Blunt, Christine Baranski, Tammy Blanchard, Lucy Punch, Tracey Ullman, Lilla Crawford, Meryl Streep and Company Stream Music Online
  • 13. Careful My Toe Performer: Christine Baranski, Tammy Blanchard and Lucy Punch Stream Music Online
  • 17. Your Fault Performer: Daniel Huttlestone, James Corden, Lilla Crawford, Meryl Streep and Anna Kendrick Stream Music Online
  • 20. No One Is Alone Performer: Anna Kendrick, Lilla Crawford, James Corden and Daniel Huttlestone Stream Music Online
  • 21. Finale: Children Will Listen (Part 1) Performer: James Corden, Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep and Company Stream Music Online
  • 23. FinaleChildren Will Listen, Pt. 1 Performer: James Corden, Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep & Company - Into the Woods Stream Music Online
  • 26. Finale/Children Will Listen, Pt. 1 Performer: James Corden, Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep & Company - Into the Woods Stream Music Online