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Genre: Family


Photography: Stefan Czapsky
Running Time: 98 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: August 2, 1996
Directed by: Danny DeVito
Written by: Nicholas Kazan

Robin Swicord

Distributed by: TriStar Pictures
Starring: Mara Wilson

Danny DeVito
Rhea Perlman
Embeth Davidtz
Pam Ferris

Previous film: N/A
Next film: Matilda Return (upcoming)

Matilda is a 1996 American children's fantasy comedy film directed by Danny DeVito, who also produced with Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, and Lucy Dahl. It was written by Nicholas Kazan and Robin Swicord, based on Roald Dahl's novel of the same name. Mara Wilson, DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Embeth Davidtz, and Pam Ferris star. The film is about a young genius named Matilda, who uses telekinesis to deal with her parents, who do not value education, and Agatha Trunchbull, the oppressive principal of Crunchem Hall Elementary School.

Why It Rocks

  1. The performances still hold up today, especially Danny DeVito.
  2. Great soundtrack.
  3. Miss Honey's backstory is quite emotional and gives her more sympathy as a character.
  4. Matilda Wormwood is a very likable and well-written character, especially for child actors.
  5. Funny moments such as Mrs. Trunchbull believing that the newt in her glass is a snake.
  6. The film's heartwarming ending that ends on a touching note.
  7. Mara Wilson's performance was the best.
  8. The narrator of the movie does tell the story the best way possible.

Bad Qualities

  1. Matilda's schoolmates barely get to do anything, unlike in the book.


  • Actress Daisy Ridley, the one who plays Rey, cites Matilda as her favorite movie.

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