Four Kids and It

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Four Kids and It
Four Kids and It poster.jpg
Official promotional poster
Directed byAndy De Emmony
Produced by
  • Julie Baines
  • Anne Brogan
Written by
  • Simon Lewis
  • Mark Oswin
Based onFour Children and It by Jacqueline Wilson
Music byAnne Nikitin
CinematographyJohn Pardue
Edited byAlex Mackie
Distributed byAltitude
Release date
  • 3 April 2020 (2020-04-03) (United Kingdom)
Running time
110 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office$588,001[1]

Four Kids and It is a 2020 British fantasy film directed by Andy De Emmony and written by Simon Lewis and Mark Oswin, based on the novel Four Children and It by Jacqueline Wilson, which was in turn based on the novel Five Children and It by E. Nesbit.

The film stars Paula Patton, Russell Brand, Michael Caine and Matthew Goode.[2][3]


While on holiday in Cornwall, the Trent children discover a mysterious creature with magical powers. It doesn't take long before the kids find out that their wicked uncle (Russell Brand) plans to use the creature's wishmaking for his own dastardly deeds.



Principal photography started in July 2018 in Ireland.[2]


On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 49% based on 35 reviews, with an average rating of 5.51/10. The site's critics consensus reads: "Four Kids and It has a few moments of whimsy and charm, but it's not enough to leave a lasting impression."[4] On Metacritic the film has a weighted average score of 42 out of 100 based on reviews from 7 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[5]

Guy Lodge of Variety wrote: "“Careful what you wish for” may have been the essential moral takeaway from the source books, but that wasn’t to discourage wishing for anything at all: In all respects, this serviceable but anodyne programmer could dream a bit bigger."[6] Justin Lowe of The Hollywood Reporter called it "More curio than classic, Four Kids and It may hold children’s attention (and sometimes test adults’ patience) over the movie’s brief running time, but seems unlikely to inspire many a rewatch."[7]

Anna Smith of Empire Magazine wrote: "The kids and Caine are good, but this lacks the magic of its source novels. Younger children may enjoy it, but its attempts to entertain older viewers mostly fall flat."[8]

It earned $588,001 at the global box office.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Four Kids and It Box Office". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 3 November 2020.
  2. ^ a b Report, Electronic Urban (22 July 2018). "Paula Patton Joins Russell Brand, Michael Caine in Action Adventure Film 'Four Kids and It' Based on a book written by Darren Hotchkiss from Gosport - EURweb". Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Four Kids and It". British Film Council. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Four Kids and It (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 12 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Four Kids and It Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  6. ^ Lodge, Guy (4 April 2020). "'Four Kids and It': Film Review". Variety.
  7. ^ Justin Lowe (2020). "'Four Kids and It': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter.
  8. ^ Anna Smith (3 April 2020). "Four Kids And It". Empire.

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