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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)



Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 36
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 4

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is strange yet comforting, full of narrative detours that don't always work but express the film's uniqueness.

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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is strange yet comforting, full of narrative detours that don't always work but express the film's uniqueness.



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Promoted as a family musical by Paramount Pictures, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is more of a black comedy, perversely faithful to the spirit of Roald Dahl's original book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning

Aug 28, 2001


Paramount Pictures

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Great fun, with Wilder for once giving an impeccably controlled performance as the factory's bizarre owner.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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It's Gene Wilder, at the top of his form, who makes this uneasy amalgam work, but [Mel] Stuart must surely deserve some of the credit...

May 4, 2012 Full Review Source: GreenCine

A polarizing, but classic piece of children's entertainment filled with whimsy, horror, comedy and imagination.

January 29, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD

When the movie does actually reach the factory, and Gene Wilder takes the stage, the movie is saved.

October 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

... that rare breed: an imaginative live-action kid's film that engages and delights adults.

October 19, 2011 Full Review Source:

Starring Gene Wilder, this offbeat comedy-fantasy for children has achieved a status in pop culture

July 25, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

This is Gene Wilder's legacy. He was perfect for the role, and it was his mixture of childlike wonder and bitter, deserved vengeance that made the character so compelling.

June 26, 2011 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Pure, sweet imagination for both kids and adults.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The passages in the mysterious factory, which should be Charlie's and our release from the oppression of the earlier scenes, are just as ugly as everything that's come before, so there's no contrast.

December 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Comments (8)
Slant Magazine

It's all wonderfully colorful and imaginative, and filled with a multitude of references and jokes that will be understood only by adults.

July 22, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter

...filled with good humor, good acting, and good songs...and it's just off kilter enough to keep everyone's attention.

October 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comments (4)
Movie Metropolis

Ainda que um ou outro número musical comprometa o ritmo, o clima de fantasia e a atuação calorosa de Wilder conquistam o espectador.

July 20, 2005
Cinema em Cena

Aspires to the whimsy and fantasy of The Wizard of Oz but doesn't really capture the magic… more a fond tribute to 'pure imagination' than a triumph of it.

July 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide | Comments (16)
Decent Films Guide

The movie bursts with creativity, deep thought and comedy.

July 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Comments (4)
Arizona Daily Star

Probably Gene Wilder's finest, most manic hour.

February 4, 2005

Weird and wonderful

July 23, 2004
Lawrence Journal-World

A strange, semi-sweet kiddie fantasy.

June 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly | Comments (4)

Just a frolicking Wonka visionary schnozberry flavored delight!

September 22, 2003
Blunt Review

It has a huge following, though I've never understood why.

July 21, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

If "creepy" can be an asset, then this is the best kind of creepy you'll ever find.

January 17, 2003 | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Classic fantasy film based on Roald Dahl's book, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a standout film with some truly engaging performances, amusing musical numbers and impressive visuals. Gene Wilder is great in the lead role, and the film has the perfect balance of dialogue and musical numbers to make it a truly engaging experience. This is an eccentric fantasy film, one that should be seen by anyone that enjoys a bizarre, story. For fans of the book, they should check this out, and with that being said, I think that Gene Wilder was the perfect choice to play Willy Wonka, and he delivers one of his strongest performances of his career. This is a well crafted picture with some memorable moments that is sure to entertaining you from start to finish. This is a classic film that is constantly entertaining, and boasts a truly unique story. If you want a fantasy film that can capture your imagination, then this is the one to watch. The film has strong performances from everyone involved, and is a fun film to be enjoyed by anyone that loves this genre. Gene Wilder, like I said steals the show and he makes this film a truly memorable picture. Roald Dahl disowned the script that he wrote, but I think that it's still a strong picture, one that makes you want to read the book. The film boasts a strong sense of visuals, which are impressive for its time, and it also adds so much to the film's atmosphere. If you want a standout fantasy picture, then this is a perfect film to watch. The amount of musical numbers is fairly minimal, and it's a good thing because it permits to focus a lot on the story as well. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a cinematic classic, and one that is near perfect.
April 2, 2014
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Roald Dahl's story about candymaker's contest ("free chocolate for the rest of your life!") and subsequent factory tour is little more than slight morality tale, but is told like part reality show, part psychedelic hallucination. Wilder's personal sinister charm is the spoonful of sugar, and the songs are not too bad either.
November 7, 2013

Super Reviewer

A true classic. With highly iconic songs such as 'Oompa Loompa' and iconic events like the nighmare tunnel that are still remembered today. Because of these, there is almost no reason to forget this film. Like Peter Sellers with 'Dr Strangelove', like Anthony Hopkins for 'Silence of the Lambs', Gene Wilder was destined for the role of Willy Wonka. As a result, Wilder gave something truely special for all viewers. The 2005 remake has nothing that tops this classic. Its a shame that some prefer the 2005 remake and instantly say this is poor, without even seeing it. I guess it's those who are missing out on a real treat.
August 7, 2012
Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer

An eccentric chocolatier lures children into his hallucinogenic candy factory, where he arranges for them to meet gruesome, ironic deaths. Early torture porn, in a crunchy candy shell, with great tunes sung by the orange-faced dwarf refugee race Wonka has enslaved.
January 30, 2012
Greg S

Super Reviewer

    1. Mr. Beauregarde: You're turning violet, Violet!
    2. Violet Beauregarde: What are you talking about?
    – Submitted by Matthew D (6 months ago)
    1. Grandpa Joe: If Slugworth wants a gobstopper, he can have one!
    – Submitted by Matthew D (6 months ago)
    1. Willy Wonka: There, see. Completely unharmed.
    2. Mrs. Teevee: You call that unharmed?
    – Submitted by Matthew D (6 months ago)
    1. Mr. Salt: I'll get you for this, Wonka if it's the last thing I'll ever do! I've got a blueberry for a daughter.
    – Submitted by Matthew D (6 months ago)
    1. Willy Wonka: Time is a precious thing. Never waste it.
    – Submitted by Matthew D (6 months ago)
    1. Charlie: Mr. Wonka, they won't really be burned in the furnace, will they?
    2. Willy Wonka: Hm, well, I think that furnace is only lit every other day, so they have a good sporting chance, haven't they?
    – Submitted by Brett G (12 months ago)
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