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The Craft

drama, horror, sci-fi & fantasy, thrillers


Four female misfits connect with a higher power that enables them to rock and rule their high school.Starring FAIRUZA BALK, ROBIN TUNNEY, NEVE CAMPBELL, RACHEL TRUE

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    50%
  • Audience Score
    65%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
Consumerism
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
5 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5

Campy teen witch thriller more violent than fun.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this teen Wiccan movie with attractive stars is really about violence and revenge. Several of the characters die graphically, are threatened with death, or are the subject of a death plot. One character is almost raped on-screen. The film also depicts one family with alcoholic, abusive parents. Wiccan and occult practices, real and imagined, are on display in a way that may seem cool to teens. Also, even though this looks like a girl-power movie, it's quite the opposite. It makes it look like the girls are to blame for the things they've been through -- the moral that what you do comes back 10-fold seems to indicate that they should just shut up and take whatever happens to them.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about religion: Some consider Wicca to be a way to worship the Earth. What do you think? How does it compare with other conventional religions?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    50%
    reviews counted: 15
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  • Audience

    65%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten:

- Bob Grimm, Las Vegas Mercury, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: The 1970s-style special effects do little to distract us from an uneven script, direction and performances. Yet there's enough here for us to hope it'll come together.

- Brian Webster, Apollo Guide, Thursday, October 1, 2009

Fresh:

- Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

The first time I saw this movie was at a slumber party in grade six and it scared the hell outta me. This is of course, hands down, Fairuza Balk's finest performance, but everyone else is great in this as well. There's something delicious about teenage girls using magic to raise the stakes of high school michigoss.

- MidnightMadwoman, Wednesday, June 18, 2008

3 stars

I love Fairuza Balk, and she is extra creepy in this film. Pretty neat witch movie.

- puffchunk, Friday, September 28, 2007

3 stars

Be honest..you know you watched this in school. And at your sleepover you got in a circle and tried to lift some girl with your index finger..admit it!

- hoganshero, Friday, August 31, 2007