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Story of a wonderful little girl, who happens to be a genius, and her wonderful teacher vs. the worst parents ever and the worst school principal imaginable.


  • Mara Wilson
  • Danny DeVito
  • Rhea Perlman
  • Embeth Davidtz
  • Pam Ferris
  • Paul Reubens
  • Tracey Walter
  • Brian Levinson
  • Jean Speegle Howard
  • Sara Magdalin

Did You Know?


  • One of the lunchboxes reads, "Greeting from Asbury Park, New Jersey", a reference to Danny DeVito's hometown. "Greetings from Asbury Park, New Jersey" is also the name of Bruce Springsteen's first album.
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  • While Matilda cooks the pancakes, they look burnt. As they land on the plates (after being cooked), they look fine and light-coloured.
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    • Narrator: Everyone is born, but not everyone is born the same. Some will grow to be butchers, or bakers, or candlestick makers. Some will only be really good at making Jell-O salad. One way or another, though, every human being is unique, for better or for worse.
    • [Harry takes his first look at Matilda, grunts, and leaves]
    • Narrator: Most parents believe their children are the most beautiful creatures ever to grace the planet. Others take a less emotional approach.
    • [Harry and Zinnia are leaving the hospital with the baby]
    • Harry Wormwood: What a waste of time!
    • Zinnia Wormwood: And painful!
    • Harry Wormwood: And expensive, $9.25 for a bar of soap?
    • Zinnia Wormwood: Well I had to take a shower, Harry!
    • Harry Wormwood: $5,000? I'm not paying it. What're they going to do, repossess the kid?
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Matilda is fresh and spirited, and while the edge on it keeps the film interesting, DeVito manages to tilt it expertly from darkness to light. [02 Aug 1996, p.E4]

Metacritic review by Jay Carr
Jay Carr
Boston Globe

Matilda doesn't condescend to children, it doesn’t sentimentalize, and as a result it feels heartfelt and sincere. It's funny, too.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A sprightly fairy tale full of darkness and delight from seemingly unlikely movie collaborators: author Roald Dahl and director-star Danny DeVito.

Metacritic review by Michael Wilmington
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune