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Still shot from the movie: Matilda.


Matilda (Mara Wilson) is a neglected child who is sent to school at a cheerless institution. When she discovers she has special powers, she beings to take control of the unfairness in her life. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: A-
Language: A-
Drugs/Alcohol: --
Run Time: 98
Theater Release: 02 Aug 1996
Video Release: 03 Dec 2013
MPAA Rating: PG
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Pam Bruno says: Jun. 10, 2014

I agree with the reviewer, except if anything, he didn’t go far enough in saying how horrible this movie is. The “headmistress” is not just mean. She assaults kids, drops them on their heads, and locks them in small rooms with steam and exposed nails till they choke. Other characters believe she murdered her brother. She keeps students 5 hours after school just to torment them, and the parents don’t seem to object to any of this. And of course, she’s hideously ugly, because in kids’ movies, ugly=evil. And pretty people are all good. And Matilda’s escape from all this is the fact that she has telekinetic powers. So how is this supposed to provide hope to unfortunate children who are at the mercy of bad adults? (Yes, the movie also points out that she likes to read, and her intelligence proves helpful, but that one redeeming point does not make up for the awfulness of this movie.)

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