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New The Witch movie got positive reviews from top critics. A24 released their new horror/thriller flick, “The Witch,” into theaters today, February 19th, 2016 and all the reviews are in from the top movie critics. It turns out that most of them were very pleased with what they saw, giving it an overall 84 score out of a possible 100 score across 37 reviews at Metacritic.com.

The movie stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Harvey Scrimshaw, Julian Richings, Kate Dickie and Ralph Ineson. We’ve added comments from a few of the critics, below.

Joe Morgenstern over at the Wall Street Journal, gave it a great 100 grade. He said: “If the story’s psychodynamics are familiar, Mr. Eggers makes them seem newly discovered. The intensity of his writing and direction, as well as the eerie austerity of Jarin Blaschke’s cinematography, Craig Lathrop’s production design and Mark Korven’s music, all conspire to create a film of exceptional originality.”

Sara Stewart from the New York Post, gave it a 100 as well, saying: “It’s a creepy little gem, and its imagery will stay with you long after you’ve left the theater.”

Michael Philips from the Chicago Tribune, gave it a 100 score, stating: “Writer-director Robert Eggers’ “New England folk tale” film isn’t likely to go bonkers in the popular culture the way “Blair Witch” did. But it’s an infinitely richer, more meticulous, more elegant and more unnerving horror film — the best since “The Babadook,” and very likely a 21st century classic in its hardy yet malleable genre.”

Chris Nashawaty from Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 91 score, saying: “What makes this chillingly creepy little black-magic folk tale work so beautifully is its evocative sense of time and place.”

Manohla Dargis over at The New York Times, gave it a 90 grade, saying: “With a gentle rap-rapping, Mr. Eggers intensifies the shivers with art-film moves, genre shocks and an excellent cast that includes a progressively rowdy menagerie.”

Justin Chang from Variety, gave it a 90 score, stating: “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.”

Peter Travers over at Rolling Stone, gave it an 88 grade. He said: “A crafty calling card brimming with beauty and terror. Eggers pulls us into the supernatural with subtle cunning and meticulous attention to detail.”

Simon Abrams from RogerEbert.com, gave it an 88 score, claiming: “The Witch, a feminist narrative that focuses on an American colonial family as they undergo what seems to be an otherworldly curse, is more like a sermon.”

Ty Burr over at the Boston Globe, gave it an 88 grade, stating: “This startling, assured feature debut from New Hampshire-born, Brooklyn-based writer-director Robert Eggers has one foot in early American history and another in legend and fairy tale.”

Bill Zwecker from Chicago Sun-Times, gave it an 88 score. He said: “This is a very promising first feature by Eggers and showcases some exceptional acting.”

Robert Abele from the Los Angeles Times, gave it an 80 score, saying: “In a way, the movie is a tug of war between the fruits of exhaustive research into old-world madness — which plays out most prominently in the richly possessed performances (particularly Taylor-Joy and young Scrimshaw) and the evocative frontier trappings — and an entertainer’s pulpier instincts.”

Dan Callahan from TheWrap, gave it an 80 score. He claims: “This is the kind of serious horror movie that will live in your head for days afterward, like a bad dream that’s difficult to shake.”

Ann Hornaday over at the Washington Post, gave it a 75 grade, saying: “For fans of horror at its most sinister, The Witch is not to be missed. It casts a spell that lingers long after its most disquieting mists have cleared.”

Todd McCarthy from The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 70 grade, stating: “Writer-director Robert Eggers’ debut feature impresses on several fronts, notably in the performances, historical feel and visual precision, but the overall effect is relatively subdued and muted, probably too much so for mainstream scare fans.”

David Lewis from the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a 50 score, saying: “Its slow-boiling brew of dread turns out to be more tepid than terrifying.”

Lastly, Ethan Stacks from the New York Daily News, gave it a 40 score, claiming: “Early on, it seems that The Witch is tapping a higher metaphor for coming of age…or religious intolerance…or man’s uneasy balance with nature…or something. It doesn’t take long into the film’s hour and a half running time, however, to break that spell.” Stay tuned.

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