Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Reviews

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Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
July 12, 2005
Tragically, by the end of this second chocolate high, we kind of have Wonka figured out. And that's not a good thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
July 15, 2005
Looks like the sweetest truffle... goes down like a sourball.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine
July 15, 2005
Begins with a bubble-gum bang, but leaves viewers gobstopped in the detached, thinly plotted half-pleasures of watching CGI mechanisms implode in a rainbow of fruit flavors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
July 16, 2005
Depp's decision to play Wonka as a children's-show host (like Captain Kangaroo or Mr. Green Jeans) merged with the visage of Vogue editor Anna Wintour (though I'd say he looks more like Faye Dunaway by way of Michael Jackson) is one of his rare missteps.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
July 12, 2005
With a surprisingly docile tone that's more peculiar than petrifying, Burton's foray to the famous factory becomes something of a gooey mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com
July 15, 2005
Despite a few faint glimmers of fun, the movie is lost lost lost and there's no excusing it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
September 8, 2012
Predictably twisted scenery, a bland story, a horrible alteration of Wonka, and an ending that's anything but pleasing...
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mike Ward
Richmond.com
July 15, 2005
Even if audiences conduct thorough cavity searches through Burton's lush landscapes or Depp's deadpan quips, they'll find nothing magical.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
July 14, 2005
full of spirit, but it's all empty calories
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
July 14, 2005
I hate what the changes in tone and attitude from the 1971 flick say about how we've changed as a culture over the last 30 years...
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
July 25, 2005
Though the idea of a Burton / Dahl collaboration would seem a perfect aligning of sensibilities, it becomes incredibly apparent that the director's pretenses get in the way of Dahl's simpler intent.
Full Review | Original Score: 60/100
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
July 14, 2005
It's all right without being particularly riveting.
Top Critic
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 15, 2005
It's too heavy. It's too bitter. And it's definitely got too many nuts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 17, 2005
It's got a gorgeous wrapper and a nut in the center, but it's not very sweet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
July 12, 2005
Speaking as a diehard fan of Depp's strangest work, it breaks my heart that this one just doesn't come off. We're always stubbornly aware it's just Johnny being weird again.
Paul Greenwood
Future Movies UK
July 30, 2005
Where Charlie and the Chocolate Factory really suffers is in Burton's direction. He seems to have lost the ability to make a film with any semblance of narrative flow.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
July 18, 2005
Like too much candy this movie causes a bellyache of entertainment
Full Review| Original Score: 3/10
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
July 22, 2005
Sweetened by everything Hollywood money can buy. Maybe the only thing it doesn't have is a reason for being.
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
July 14, 2005
... Charley and the Chocolate Factory is a movie that explodes with an idiosyncratic mindset that is both visually stunning and creepy.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
Paul Myers
Georgia Straight
July 18, 2005

New Zealand Herald
January 20, 2006

Film Ireland Magazine
January 31, 2006

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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