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New Into The Woods movie got mostly positive reviews from top critics. Walt Disney Pictures released their new fantasy/musical flick, “Into The Woods,” into theaters yesterday, December 25th, and all the reviews are in from the top critics. It turns out that most of them thought it was just fantastic with an overall 71 score out of a possible 100 across 33 reviews at Metacritic.com.

The movie stars: Tracey Ullman, Frances de la Tour, Johnny Depp, Lucy Punch, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt, Simon Russell Beale, Tammy Blanchard, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Christine Baranski, Billy Magnussen, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, MacKenzie Mauzy, Richard Glover, Joanna Riding, and Annette Crosbie. We’ve added blurbs from a couple of the critics,below.

Stephen Holden at The New York Times, gave it a 90 score, stating: ” 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.”

Susan Wloszczyna from RobertEbert.com, gave it an 88 grade,saying: “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.”

Lou Lumenick at the New York Post, gave it an 88 grade. He said: “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.”

Alonso Duralde at TheWrap, gave it an 88 score. He said: “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.”

Betsy Sharkey from the Los Angeles Times, gave it an 80 score, stating: “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.”

David Rooney from The Hollywood Reporter, gave it an 80 grade. He said: “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.”

Ty Burr over at the Boston Globe, gave it a 75 score. He stated: “Into the Woods is forced in some places but exquisitely right in others, and it gains strength as it goes.”

Mick LaSalle from the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a 75 grade, stating: “Faithful but not slavishly faithful to the source, the movie retains most of the songs but streamlines the story, particularly in the second half.”

Richard Roeper at the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a 75 grade. He said: “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.”

Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune, gave it a 75 score. He stated: “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.”

Scott Foundas from Variety, gave it a 70 score, stating: “Marshall hasn’t made one of the great movie musicals here, but he hasn’t bungled it either — far from it.”

Chris Nashawaty from Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 67 grade. He stated: “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.”

Peter Travers from Rolling Stone, gave it a 63 grade, saying: “Yes, the sets and costumes elicit swoons, but it’s the peerless Sondheim score, however truncated, that makes this Woods a prime destination.”

Claudia Puig from USA Today, gave it a 63 score, saying: “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.”

Lastly, Elizabeth Weitzman at the New York Daily News, gave it a 60 grade, stating: “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.” Stay tuned. Follow us on Facebook by Clicking Here. Follow us on Google Plus by Clicking Here. Follow us on Twitter by Clicking Here.

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