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Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005)


Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 187
Fresh: 156
Rotten: 31

Critics Consensus: As can be expected from a Tim Burton movie, Corpse Bride is whimsically macabre, visually imaginative, and emotionally bittersweet.

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 40
Fresh: 34
Rotten: 6

Critics Consensus: As can be expected from a Tim Burton movie, Corpse Bride is whimsically macabre, visually imaginative, and emotionally bittersweet.


Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 550,117


Movie Info

Tim Burton returns to the dark but fanciful animated style of The Nightmare Before Christmas with this stop-motion black comedy. Victor (voice of Johnny Depp) lives in a small European village in the 19th century, where he is pledged to marry Victoria (voice of Emily Watson), a partnership arranged by their parents. The two only meet the day before their scheduled nuptials, and Victor performs disastrously in the wedding rehearsal. Later that evening, while he is walking through the woods and … More

PG (for some scary images and action, and brief mild language)
Action & Adventure , Animation , Kids & Family , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Michael Cohn , Caroline Thompson , Pamela Pettler
In Theaters:
Jan 31, 2006
Box Office:
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Tim Burton's Corpse Bride

All Critics (187) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (156) | Rotten (31) | DVD (37)

As fun as the film occasionally is, it just plays like a compilation of greatest hits.

Full Review… | August 16, 2007
Time Out New York
Top Critic

They just keep going through the same things over and over again. The songs are forgettable.

Full Review… | September 26, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

All too often, Tim Burton's movies feel like they're covered in flop sweat, as if he's trying too hard and worrying too much. By contrast, Corpse Bride is a cool breeze across the brow.

Full Review… | September 26, 2005
AV Club
Top Critic

Beneath the bone pile of allusions, Corpse Bride is a darkly enchanting fable in its own right.

Full Review… | September 23, 2005
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Based on a Russian folk tale, Corpse Bride makes for breathtaking viewing.

Full Review… | September 23, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

What makes Corpse Bride sing, ultimately, is the breadth of imagination that it demonstrates; creating a cluttered, textured and mysteriously beautiful world that we're loathe to leave at the end.

Full Review… | September 23, 2005
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Visually, Burton is at his most Edward Gorey-esque in the austere, storybook Victorian land of the living, whilst his contrasting comic underworld summons the spirit of Poe, the personality of Harryhausen and the ephemera of his own back catalogue.

Full Review… | November 7, 2012
Empire Magazine Australasia

The Corpse Bride may be a bit too melancholy to find a real family audience, but for an adult who hasn't quite given up on happily ever afters and strange goings on in the dark woods, it's just the ticket.

Full Review… | March 21, 2011

Another Burtonesque blur of wise-guy nudging and romantic exhilaration

Full Review… | September 1, 2009

"Better Off Dead" would have been a better title choice for Tim Burton's self-indulgently macabre attempt at creating an animated underworld of gleeful singing corpses.

Full Review… | April 15, 2009

There is a BEETLEJUICE-type of manic energy %u2014 a sense of imagination run riot that makes the film always worth watching, even when the story loses traction

Full Review… | October 21, 2008

A brilliantly animated, deliciously macabre and strangely touching triumph.

Full Review… | September 7, 2008

Burton thinks in intuitive images, and there are sights here that I would love to have framed on my wall.

Full Review… | July 30, 2007

In the hands of another director, this material could have been dead on arrival, but for Mr. Burton it's dead on.

Full Review… | July 14, 2007
Big Picture Big Sound

Everything from the design to Elfman's score suffers from a "been there, done that" feeling.

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
Film Scouts

Burton definitely follows his own deliriously surreal path that may be more decipherable to a shrink than a movie critic.

Full Review… | March 31, 2007
WBAI Web Radio

Danny Elfman's catchy songs are all but overwhelmed by Burton and Johnson's visual embellishments.

Full Review… | May 12, 2006
Sacramento News & Review

If Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was Burton's big picture for 2005, this is his miniature.

Full Review… | April 1, 2006
Empire Magazine

Gloomy, but in a beautiful, compelling way. In fact, the visuals sell the film because the story is entertaining but extremely lightweight.

Full Review… | February 24, 2006

A quirky, artistic triumph.

Full Review… | January 31, 2006
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

...the visuals are so good and the voices so colorful, you probably won't mind the film's minor shortcomings.

Full Review… | January 17, 2006
Movie Metropolis

All in all, it's what you would ordinarily call an uplifting experience.

Full Review… | January 17, 2006
Sydney Morning Herald

There are wonderful voice performances all around...and the animation, particularly of facial expressions, sets a new level of technical accomplishment...but the humor in Corpse Bride feels underpowered...

December 15, 2005
Los Angeles CityBeat

Divertida, romántica y con mucho más corazón que el resto de los filmes en cartelera, es simple y sencillamente un deleite que no puedes dejar pasar por alto.

November 28, 2005

After the bloated hit-and-miss feel of many of Burton's recent live-action work it is a joy to experience this throwback to the glory days.

Full Review… | November 22, 2005

Audience Reviews for Tim Burton's Corpse Bride

By turns funny and moving with some great songs, this is a lesser-seen but still great effort from Tim Burton. Full review later.

Thomas Bowler

Super Reviewer

Another beautiful dark gothic whimsical fairytale from the mind of Burton, but one wonders that he is just trying to recapture (maybe even copy) previous glory from his first clay-mation feature.

On visuals this is amazing, just like 'Nightmare' plus of course its Burton's work which is a winner for me. But this film doesn't quite hit the mark, the songs aren't catchy and the characters don't have the same appeal. I didn't like all the skeletons, they aren't characters, just skeletons, nothing much appealing about them.
The human characters were much better than the dead ones, the old Victorian style of costume that was used really looked good and added that gothic feel. The voice work was great, again using a perfect of cast of kooky character actors/actresses to make the magic.

Its visually where the film is best of course, the colours used are all faded, dark, almost black and white. Wonderful palette which always looks good but its missing the magic and indepth imagination of 'Nightmare'. Close for more genius but not quite the gothic dream I hoped for.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

There's been a grave misunderstanding.

Good animated film. Great story and animation. Loved the voices and i hope Tim Burton and Johnny Depp keep on making these fantastic fantasy movie magic films filled with pure originality and tons of crazy. Go see it!

Blue-tinted, eye-ball-popping, maggot-infested beauty Emily has become known as the Corpse Bride after waiting for her fiancé where the couple planned to rendezvous before getting hitched. When her groom arrives, he kills her, and she rests in the ground to wait for her soul mate, whether he knows he is the Corpse Bride's groom or not. It's a cold dark night, the moon is full, the stars are bright and the forest is a little bit creepy. Wandering through the black mangled trees, Victor just can't memorize his wedding vows. Victor's hesitance towards marriage causes him to jumble the words. Two prominent families have arranged their children to be married in order to overcome financial difficulties. As the objects of betrothal, Victor and Victoria met for the first time the night before their wedding. It only makes sense that Victor, a groom with cold feet, would have trouble remembering tedious wedding vows. Thus Victor ends up in the dark forest ringing his hands and muttering his vows, the vows that the Corpse Bride hears, bringing her out of the grave. Victor suddenly finds himself married to another woman, a voluptuous bombshell bride who also happens to be dead. Whisked away to the Land of the Dead, Victor finds out that living amongst corpses is not as easy as it seems. Heads easily loose their owners and eyes never seem to stay in their sockets, an adjustment that Victor seems reluctant to accept. Once taken into the Land of the Dead, it is nearly impossible to return, causing Victor to choose between risking Victoria's life or giving up his own.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Cast: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson, Tracey Ullman, Paul Whitehouse, Joanna Lumley, Albert Finney, Richard E. Grant, Christopher Lee, Michael Gough, Jane Horrocks, Enn Reitel, Deep Roy, Danny Elfman, Stephen Ballantyne, Lisa Kay

Director: Tim Burton, Mike Johnson

Summary: This animated Tim Burton tale set in 19th-century Europe centers on Victor (voiced by Johnny Depp), a young man who, just as he's about to wed Victoria (Emily Watson), is sucked into the underworld by a Corpse Bride (Helena Bonham Carter) who desires him for herself. Victor is fascinated by the Land of the Dead, but nothing can stop him from trying to return to his true living love.

My Thoughts: "I enjoyed this dark tale. I thought it was a nice touch how the living, in a sense, wasn't really living, with the scene being so dark and dreary. The dead were more alive with all their bright colors and crazy character's. The film wasn't as funny as I had thought it would be. But the character's and the great animation made up for it."


Super Reviewer

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride Quotes

Corpse Bride:
Pardon my enthusiasm.
Victor Van Dort:
I like your enthusiasm.
– Submitted by Adam P (12 months ago)
Barkis Bittern:
I was betrothed, once along time ago but tragedy bestowed my love.
– Submitted by Adam P (12 months ago)
Finis Everglot:
Everything will go as planned she will marry.
– Submitted by Adam P (12 months ago)
Victoria Everglot:
No i'm telling the truth. Victor needs my help.
– Submitted by Adam P (12 months ago)
Victoria Everglot:
Its Victor, he's married a corpse. A corpse bride.
– Submitted by Adam P (12 months ago)
Pastor Galswells:
What on earth are you speaking about?
– Submitted by Adam P (12 months ago)

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