Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
March 4, 2015
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia
November 7, 2012
[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 | Original Score: 4/5

Film4
May 27, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Julian Roman
MovieWeb
April 26, 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 | Original Score: 4/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
June 13, 2008
The Nut Room scene, complete with squirrels, is unreservedly brilliant, a tour de force of electronic wizardry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008
One of the best family films in a while and one of the year's stronger films to date.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
September 24, 2007
Poised to become a new cult classic to replace the old one.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
September 20, 2007
The material plays to [Burton's] strengths ... he's more interesting as a stylist than a storyteller.
| Original Score: B
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
April 19, 2007
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.
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
October 3, 2006
full review in Greek
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ryan Gilbey
Sight and Sound
September 28, 2006
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.
Todd Hertz
Christianity Today
September 11, 2006
A funny and sweet adventure for kids and parents, thanks to Burton's ability to stir the imagination and tell a sweepingly charming story.
| Original Score: 3/4
Bob Grimm
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 12, 2006
As the star who's framed in the center of nearly every shot he's in, Depp is a constantly surprising Willy Wonka.
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
January 17, 2006
Finally a worthy, excellent remake.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
December 31, 2005
[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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert Hanks
Independent
December 6, 2005
In its combination of fidelity to its source and wacky visual ideas, Burton's take is a triumph of common sense and imagination -- exactly the qualities for which we admire children.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Empire Magazine
December 6, 2005
Witty, wonderful and wildly imaginative, Burton's first proper 'family movie' since Pee-Wee's Big Adventure delivers a sugar rush that'll last for days.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
December 6, 2005
Fun and creepy.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
November 11, 2005
Beautiful art direction, creative special effects and great performances make the movie just as sweet as any Wonka treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
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