Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)



Critic Consensus: Closer to the source material than 1971's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is for people who like their Chocolate visually appealing and dark.

Movie Info

Director Tim Burton brings his unique vision and sensibility to Roald Dahl's classic children's story in this lavish screen interpretation. Willy Wonka (Johnny Depp) is the secretive and wildly imaginative man behind the world's most celebrated candy company, and while the Wonka factory is famously closed to visitors, the reclusive candy man decides to give five lucky children a chance to see the inside of his operation by placing "golden tickets" in five randomly selected chocolate bars. … More

Rating: PG (for quirky situations, action and mild language)
Genre: Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John August, John Augus
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 7, 2005
Box Office: $206.4M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


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as Grandpa Joe

as Mr. Bucket

as Mrs. Beauregarde

as Mr. Salt

as Oompa Loompa

as Dr. Wonka

as Mr. Teavee

as Violet Beauregarde

as Veruca Salt

as Mike Teavee

as Augustus Gloop

as Little Willy Wonka

as Grandma Georgina

as Grandma Josephine

as Grandpa George

as Prince Pondicherry

as Princess Pondicherry

as Slugworth

as Finckelgruber

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as Mr. Gloop

as German Reporter

as Mrs. Salt

as Denver Reporter

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as Man With Dog

as Man With Dog

as Tall Man

as Shopkeeper

as Customer in Shop

as Jolly Woman

as Museum Guard

as Museum Guard

as Prince Pondicherry

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Critic Reviews for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

All Critics (223) | Top Critics (46)

As the star who's framed in the center of nearly every shot he's in, Depp is a constantly surprising Willy Wonka.

Full Review… | May 12, 2006
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Depp, whose Wonka seems to be a cross between Michael Jackson and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari's somnambulist Cesare, delivers an engaging surface performance, though I far prefer the more measured madness of Gene Wilder's interpretation.

Full Review… | March 4, 2015
Creative Loafing

[Depp is] ever the most watchable of freaks, even if he is slipping in and out of accents, looking perplexed at his slight lines and, most frustratingly, hinting at the mad -- okay, madder -- memorable turn that might have been.

Full Review… | November 7, 2012
Empire Magazine Australasia

Predictably twisted scenery, a bland story, a horrible alteration of Wonka, and an ending that's anything but pleasing...

Full Review… | September 8, 2012
Cinema Crazed

Adults and kids alike will take macabre delight in the punishment of naughty children. Burton and co make smart and funny additions to this classic tale.

Full Review… | May 27, 2011

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is quite simply, wonderful; a brilliantly imagined story that will win old fans and new fans alike.

Full Review… | April 26, 2011

Audience Reviews for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


Tim Burton's version of Roald Dahl's classic work is pretty a copy of the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder, and it just doesn't deliver. In fact, I found this to be among the worst of Tim Burton's films. In the lead role of Willy Wonka is Johnny Depp, who is always great in very off the wall eccentric characters, but here he is out of place, and just doesn't cut. I found this be a dull, boring film, one that tried too hard at putting new life into a classic story. The end result is a train wreck of a film, one that just doesn't offer anything new or exciting. I guess you can say that this is a remake, and in that regards, it's a horrible one, and it joining countless other movies that have been butchered by remakes. Burton has made some great films, but Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ranks among his worst with Planet of the Apes. I thought that this film relied more on visuals and effects to try and entertain, while the original grabbed your attention with memorable performances, well executed storytelling and charm. This tries too hard at delivering an entertaining ride by cramming way too much into the film, and overdoing everything. The finished film just doesn't deliver anything memorable and it ends up being a waste of time. Don't expect anything good with this film. Stick with the 1971 film, it is a far superior picture and it has a much better cast and it doesn't overdo anything like this one did. This one just has nothing to really grab your attention. Tim Burton is talented, but he just doesn't pull off anything fun, entertaining and ultimately memorable with his version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Good re-make of the movie about children who win golden tickets to visit the chocolate factory. The special effects are great and Johnny puts on an excellent performance. I love the chocolate river.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer


The visions of Dahl and Burton perfectly complement each other (please see Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr Fox as a point of direct contrast here) and the film is therefore faithful to the book in a modern transposition (for instance the updating of Violet Beauregarde and Mike Teevee are prefect, and fully faithful to Dahl's characters). It is acerbic, funny, unsettling, with a good fondant centre, immeasurably superior to the Gene Wilde version I grew up with.
However, the British accents referring to 'candy' grates massively: please choose one or the other.

Louis Rogers
Louis Rogers

Super Reviewer

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