Moria says it "genuinely takes one aback with its gleeful malice". Rotten Tomatoes gives it a score of 100%. Roger Ebert says it
is an intriguing movie, ambitious and inventive, and almost worth seeing just for Anjelica Huston's obvious delight in playing a completely uncompromised villainess.EW gives it an "A" and closes with this:
What emerged from the combination of these divergent gifts is utterly magical: a film that appeals to both young and old without condescending to either. The wit is highly sophisticated, but there's also action, suspense, adventure — to say nothing of the spectacular visual effects produced by Jim Henson's Creature Shop. Don't miss Anjelica Huston's deliciously vile transformation from beauty to beast. And don't miss this film.