Wirkola tears through Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters with such giddy abandon, it ends up being splattery fanboy fun. Preposterous, clearly, but fun.
—Tom Russo Boston Globe
The blend of fairy-tale sentiment and knowing irony worked exactly once, in "The Princess Bride," and fails here. But there's enough visual ingenuity - eye candy, if you will - to make this Hansel & Gretel an intermittently tasty temptation.
—Richard Corliss Time
The grim heroes don't have a nuance or more than a hint of emotion between them, and the same goes for the film around them.
—Tasha Robinson The A.V. Club
An intermittently fun, but overexcited and predictable mish-mash.
—Keith Staskiewicz Entertainment Weekly
This genre stew throws in so many ingredients - including sundry body parts that are cut off and go flying, and heads that explode - that the result is a tasteless mash-up that's hard to stomach.
—Claudia Puig USA Today
What galls is that for all the perspiration in jazzing up an old yarn, there's not a whiff of originality in how Wirkola engages with the perverse pleasures enshrined by the Grimm brothers, two of their era's shrewdest storytellers.
—Robert Abele Los Angeles Times
In his English-language debut, Wirkola dabbles in everything but commits to nothing, making for an unmemorable brew best left untasted.
—Kimberley Jones Austin Chronicle
What to say about this lame-brained, limp dick attempt to update a classic Brothers Grimm tale into an f-bomb throwing vomit-inducing 3D franchise? I say, screw the damn thing and run the other way.
—Peter Travers Rolling Stone