Hocus pocus 2 reviews on reddit, What critics are saying about ‘Hocus Pocus 2’?

Hocus pocus 2

Hocus pocus 2 reviews on reddit, What critics are saying about ‘Hocus Pocus 2’?

Nearly 30 years after the release of Salem’s haunted Hocus Pocus in 1993, Disney released its sequel, Hocus Pocus 2, on Disney+, reuniting the Sanderson sisters before the unofficial start of the Halloween season.

This time, two best friends named Becca and Izzy (Whitney Peak, Belissa Escobedo) celebrate Becca’s 16th birthday in Salem’s Forbidden Forest when they are unknowingly tricked into lighting Winnifred, Mary and Sarah Sanderson (Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy’s Black Flame Candle and Sarah Jessica Parker) again. Winnifred’s goals are two-fold: to avenge the mayor of Salem, and to gain immortality through the use of ancient and sophisticated black magic.

Early critical responses to the film were generally—if not overwhelming—positive, with review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes giving “Hocus Pocus 2” a 64% freshness rating at the time of this article’s publication.

Boston.com’s review of Hocus Pocus 2 called the film a “fun, vivid experience that captures the savage fun of the original.” But so that readers can sample a range of critical responses and make their own decisions, we’ve also collected what critics are saying about Hocus Pocus 2—good, bad, and everything in between.


Boston.com’s review of Hocus Pocus 2 gave the film 3 out of 4 stars and praised the performances of Midler, Najimi and Parker.

Hocus Pocus 2 director Anne Fletcher (“The Proposal”) made it clear that Midler, Najimi, and Parker were the main draws, and they waited less than 30 minutes to bring the trio back from the dead. Though nearly 30 years have passed, all three bring the same flamboyance to their performances, drowsy and screaming around the screen and composurely immersed in the film’s three cobbler-esque slapsticks.

Nell Minow of RogerEbert.com wrote that “Hocus Pocus 2” will “make fans of all generations happy.”

The challenge of a sequel to a popular movie is to keep enough of the original to keep fans happy without repeating or confusing newcomers, and Hocus Pocus 2 does just that. Celebrates the highlights of the first movie (with a delightful musical number) and has some really fun moments, including a costume contest for the Sanderson sisters.

The New York Times’ Claire Shaffer wrote that “Hocus Pocus 2” “captures the same wacky magic as the original while creatively updating the humor.”

Anne Fletcher (“Step Up,” “The Proposal”) is directing the sequel, but it’s taking the same goofy comedy approach as the first Kenny Ortega-directed film—namely, the sisters How to take advantage of modern inventions like robotic vacuum cleaners, Amazon’s Alexa and Walgreens response. Even some meta jokes mention the Sanderson sisters’ popularity in the drag world. Thankfully, with a cast of Doug Jones, Hannah Waddingham, and Sam Richardson, this beer isn’t just focused on the leading trio.

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The Associated Press’ Lindsey Bahr admitted she didn’t like the 1993 original, so she was surprised she found Hocus Pocus 2 “actually fun.”

Hocus Pocus 2, directed by Anne Fletcher, feels light-hearted – but when the whole town dances “one way or another,” you’re ready for the movie. Still, it was a fun ride for an autumn evening.

The Chicago Tribune’s Michael Phillips called “Hocus Pocus 2” twice as big as the original – but made it clear he didn’t like the original.


Johnny Oleksinski of the New York Post was another critic who didn’t care about 1993’s “Hocus Pocus,” nor did he care about “Hocus Pocus 2,” calling the sequel “Shtick on Shtick.”

The truth about the original Hocus Pocus is harder to swallow than the witch brew that contains “a little bit of your own tongue”: it’s a pretty bad movie. Well, take another sip. Hocus Pocus 2, the new sequel on Disney+ after 29 years, is even worse.

The Guardian’s Benjamin Lee wrote that “Hocus Pocus 2” performed more like “an extended, albeit no-joking SNL skit than an actual movie”.

The Independent’s Amanda Whiting found Midler, Najimi and Parker’s performances to be lacking compared to what they did in the original.

The central trio of Midler, Parker and Najimi failed to recapture the happy chaos of the first outing. Parker is less awkward flirting; Najimi is less crazy. OG Hocus Pocus director Kenny Ortega’s absence has never been more felt than the film’s big musical, which had no candlelight (black flames) for Midler’s last vampire rendition of “I Put a Spell On You.”