Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005)



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

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride Trailers & Photos

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 hopelessly practicing his vows, he puts Victoria's wedding band on what looks like a branch. Victor quickly discovers this was a big mistake; as it happens, he has put the ring on the skeletal finger of the enchanted Corpse Bride (voice of Helena Bonham Carter), who then whisks him off to a dark and mysterious netherworld where they are now married. Victor is frightened in the land of the dead, and even realizes that he has fallen in love with his true fiancée, Victoria, so he searches for a way back to his own world. Directed by Tim Burton in collaboration with animator Mike Johnson, Corpse Bride features a stellar voice cast, including Albert Finney, Christopher Lee, Richard E. Grant, Joanna Lumley, and Danny Elfman (who also composed the film's musical score). ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: PG (for some scary images and action, and brief mild language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By: , ,
Written By: John August, Pamela Pettler, Caroline Thompson, Michael Cohn
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 31, 2006
Box Office: $53.3M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Johnny Depp
as Victor Van Dort
Emily Watson
as Victoria Everglot
Tracey Ullman
as Nell Van Dort/Hildeg...
Paul Whitehouse
as William Van Dort/May...
Joanna Lumley
as Maudeline Everglot
Albert Finney
as Finnis Everglot
Richard E. Grant
as Barkis Bittern
Christopher Lee
as Pastor Galswells
Michael Gough
as Elder Gutknecht
Enn Reitel
as Maggot/Town Crier
Deep Roy
as General Bonesapart
Danny Elfman
as Bonejangles
Jane Horrocks
as Mrs. Plum
Lisa Kay
as Solemn Village Boy
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for Tim Burton's Corpse Bride

Critic Reviews for Tim Burton's Corpse Bride

All Critics (189) | Top Critics (40)

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

Full Review… | August 16, 2007
Time Out
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

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

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride Quotes

Corpse Bride: Pardon my enthusiasm.
Victor Van Dort: I like your enthusiasm.
– Submitted by Adam P (2 years ago)
Barkis Bittern: I was betrothed, once along time ago but tragedy bestowed my love.
– Submitted by Adam P (2 years ago)
Finis Everglot: Everything will go as planned she will marry.
– Submitted by Adam P (2 years ago)
Victoria Everglot: No i'm telling the truth. Victor needs my help.
– Submitted by Adam P (2 years ago)

Discussion Forum

Discuss Tim Burton's Corpse Bride on our Movie forum!