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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)



Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 222
Fresh: 182 | Rotten: 40

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.


Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 48
Fresh: 37 | Rotten: 11

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.



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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.


Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy

John August

Nov 7, 2005


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All Critics (224) | Top Critics (48) | Fresh (182) | Rotten (40) | DVD (44)

It's nearly impossible to fathom the grand act of sabotage that Johnny Depp has committed upon the source material as its reclusive chocolatier.

August 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Comments (3)
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As the star who's framed in the center of nearly every shot he's in, Depp is a constantly surprising Willy Wonka.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture | Comments (2)
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It's nearly impossible to fathom the grand act of sabotage that Johnny Depp has committed upon the source material as its reclusive chocolatier.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comments (6)
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I wonder if even children will respond to the peculiarly humorless and charmless stylistic eccentricities of Mr. Burton and his star, Johnny Depp.

July 28, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Observer | Comment (1)
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You can't help feeling that a fantasist as accomplished as Burton can manage this kind of project with his eyes shut. The trouble is that, from film to film, his dreams are starting to look the same.

July 18, 2005
New Yorker
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It's got a gorgeous wrapper and a nut in the center, but it's not very sweet.

July 17, 2005 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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[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.

November 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
Empire Magazine Australasia

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

September 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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.

May 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Film4

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

April 26, 2011 Full Review Source: MovieWeb

The Nut Room scene, complete with squirrels, is unreservedly brilliant, a tour de force of electronic wizardry.

June 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

One of the best family films in a while and one of the year's stronger films to date.

January 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

Poised to become a new cult classic to replace the old one.

September 24, 2007 Full Review Source: | Comments (7)

The material plays to [Burton's] strengths ... he's more interesting as a stylist than a storyteller.

September 20, 2007
Looking Closer

Depp's Wonka exudes none of the gravity required for the role. It's as though he didn't take the role seriously. Rather than an intimidating candyman teaching brats a lesson, this Wonka is simply a freak.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Comments (9)
Big Picture Big Sound

Possibly the first Hollywood movie to design a fairy tale of sorts around globalization, the film conjures a mythic Brit multinational instead of the usual imperial realm, asa basically high caloric magical kingdom.

April 19, 2007 Full Review
Long Island Press

There's a lot of cool stuff on display here, but it lacks the consistent creative vision--or, if you like, the pure imagination--of the original film.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International | Comments (2)
Film Journal International

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October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

If anything cramps Depp, and the film's sense of fun, it is the weight that is placed on reconciliation between Wonka and his father.

September 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

A funny and sweet adventure for kids and parents, thanks to Burton's ability to stir the imagination and tell a sweepingly charming story.

September 11, 2006
Christianity Today

Soft-spoken, eccentric and just a little sadistic at times, Depp makes for an all-original Wonka, and not a rehash of Wilder's infamous work.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Finally a worthy, excellent remake.

January 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

[Tim Burton] commands his environments with such exacting precision that one can't help but lose oneself in the intricate layers of sets and costumes.

December 31, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
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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.
April 2, 2014
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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.
October 6, 2013
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.
October 28, 2012
Louis Rogers

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There are very few films that are so recognised that they cannot be remade. This remake is full of flaws and doesn't even hit the standards of the orignal classic. The visuals on certain characters is unbelieveably poor,its completely obvious. The songs are not very clever and are no way near as iconic as the original. The biggest problem was Johnny Depp, unfortunately, he just didn't fit the role of Willy Wonka, espescially compared to Gene Wilder. People keep claiming that this remake has a darker atmosphere. This I completely disagree with, the original's nightmare tunnel scene is more iconic and terrifying than anything this film could come up with.
August 7, 2012
Samuel Riley
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    1. Mrs. Beauregarde: Violet! You're turning... violet!
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    1. Violet Beauregarde: Let's be friends.
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    1. Charlie Bucket: Why hold on to it, Why not start a new piece?
    2. Violet Beauregarde: Because I'd never be a champion, I'd be a loser, like you.
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    1. Willy Wonka: That's just it, isn't it. I make the candy I fell like, but now I fell terrible so the candy's terrible! You're very good.
    – Submitted by Matthew D (22 months ago)
    1. Mrs. Bucket: Oh well, nothing goes better with cabbage than cabbage.
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