Alice

Critics Consensus

No consensus yet.

95%

TOMATOMETER

Total Count: 21

80%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 11,939
User image

Verified

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this movie

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.

    Awesome!

    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of the movie? (optional)



  • You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Step 2 of 2

    How did you buy your ticket?

    Let's get your review verified.

    • Fandango

    • AMCTheatres.com or AMC AppNew

    • Cinemark Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Regal Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Theater box office or somewhere else

    You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this movie

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.

    Awesome!

    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of the movie? (optional)

  • How did you buy your ticket?

    • Fandango

    • AMCTheatres.com or AMC AppNew

    • Cinemark Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Regal Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Theater box office or somewhere else

Movie Info

In Czech director Jan Svankmajer's surreal adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic children's book, Alice (Kristyna Kohoutova) follows her stuffed rabbit through a portal inside her dresser to be whisked away to Wonderland. While the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter and Cheshire Cat are still present, the familiar magical world and bizarre characters have undergone an unsettling transformation in the director's vision through the stop-motion animation of dead animals, puppets and other assorted objects.

Cast & Crew

News & Interviews for Alice (Neco z Alenky)

Critic Reviews for Alice (Neco z Alenky)

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (1)

  • Its glorious proliferation of magical transformations works like a charm on anyone who values the imagination.

    November 26, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The definitive version of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Though [Jan Svankmajer] strips away all sweetness and light, he does not violate Lewis Carroll's story.

    August 30, 2004 | Rating: 4/5
  • It takes us back to a time in the history of movies when audiences responded to the images on screen with a combination of awe and fear, when in submitting to them, we felt as if we were submitting to a spell.

    August 20, 2002 | Full Review…
  • Not necessarily for young kids, this is a surrealist version with a great deal of attention accorded to objects.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • vankmajer has created a terrifying stop-motion vision that sadly begins to grate with every repetition of "Said the White Rabbit."

    November 4, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Alice (Neco z Alenky)

  • Jul 04, 2014
    'Alice (Neco z Alenky)' (1988) is the surreal story of Alice in Wonderland mingled with the twisted components of an experimental film. Aside from the poor narration in the English dub, the sound and stop-motion animation is effectively hair-raising as it should be. However, as the film goes on, the unnerving delight and crisp animation deflates it into a generally repetitious experience that lasts longer than it really is. If you've already seen enough experimental films, you should probably miss out on this one. But if you're an interested viewer unfamiliar with the genre, than this is something worth a try.
    Noah N Super Reviewer
  • Jun 15, 2012
    The idea of Jan Svankmajer retelling "Alice in Wonderland" sounds fantastic. Surely, Svankmajer's brilliant knack for stop-motion animation, miniatures and dollhouse aesthetics would be a perfect fit for the Lewis Carroll classic. But something goes wrong in straining to turn the story darker and scarier -- it simply becomes unpleasant to watch. The hideous white rabbit looks like a beginning taxidermy project gone wrong, and the film is full of distasteful sound effects and depressing, decayed imagery (not to mention all the watches smeared with greasy butter). Another problem is that the story takes forever to get beyond the "Eat Me" phase of Alice consuming magic food to change size for various rooms and doorways. Worst of all is that the child actress portraying Alice is the only human in the cast, and none of the other characters speak. Alice instead conveys their words through narration, and every time she recites a creature's line, the camera awkwardly cuts to a closeup of her mouth as she adds "...said the white rabbit" or something similarly parenthetical. These insertions become remarkably grating, even within the film's brief 86-minute run. To make matters worse, the dialogue is dubbed rather than subtitled, so the words don't match the girl's lips. Given all the versions of this story that are available, there are better ones to choose first.
    Eric B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 09, 2011
    "What a blissfully bizarre masterpiece of groundbreaking, shocking imagery that crossed the borders of contemporary surrealism!", exclaimed Edgar Cochran to himself. Eisenstein once said that stupidity had no limits. Poets and artists have the same perspective towards surrealism. When animation kept finding new expressionistic branches in order to create worlds much more smoothly, the already immortal classics, whatever their respective reputations were, became the primary targets to experimental adaptations. Svankmajer, thank you for never daring to say: "It can't be done". 97/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 25, 2011
    Lewis Carroll's Alice books are probably two of the most frequently adapted books in cinema. What separates this 1988 adaptation from the rest? Well let's get the important information out of the way: this film is a loose interpretation of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; Czech surrealist filmmaker Jan vankmajer directs it; and it's the creepiest damn thing I've ever seen in my life. The film is a fairly direct adaptation of the first Alice book. Alice follows a white rabbit, ends up in wonderland, and meets an assortment of bizarre characters. It keeps the books minimalist narrative, and unlike many adaptations it doesn't try to be anything more than a series of strange events. Some might find that boring, and it definitely worked better in the book, but it is refreshing to see an Alice movie that doesn't try to create an epic story of rebellion or something (even though I do enjoy those adaptations as well). At the same time, it's drastically different from the book in its visual presentation. Alice doesn't fall down a rabbit hole but goes down an elevator, wonderland itself is nothing more than a large desolate looking house, and the white rabbit is a taxidermy rabbit from Alice's bedroom. Alice herself is also the only character who is portrayed by an actual actress, the rest of the characters being portrayed by various stop motion creations. This leads to the creepy part of the film. The stop motion is quite impressive, especially for its time. However, it also feels a little jumpy, and the creatures used are often grotesque. The white rabbit has a hole in his chest that is constantly leaking woodchips; the caterpillar is a tube sock that sews in its own eyeballs; and the mad hatter...I don't even want to talk about the mad hatter. The only imagery that isn't disturbing in some manner is the card soldiers, who are constantly dueling in an impressive feat of animation. However, since this adaptation actually shows the Queen of Hearts follow through with her declaration of "off with their heads," they still manage to be disturbing in their own way. This is a surrealist film, and that's the imagery you are going to get. Even Alice herself is a little creepy. The Alice of Lewis Carroll's stories wasn't that in depth, but she still had a personality. This Alice is completely flat and emotionless, and her face is a blank slate. She also narrates the whole story, and whenever she speaks for another character, there is an extreme close up of her lips moving in a style that vaguely reminded me of the opening to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I didn't like this movie. Watching it was an almost painful experience. However, I still respect it as a work of cinema. Alice's journey is one that is open to endless interpretations, and that's one of the things I love about it. I didn't enjoy this adaptation, but I still think it holds a place in cinematic history as both an interesting interpretation of the classic story, as well as a work of surrealism. Highlights Directed by: Jan vankmajer Screenplay by: Jan vankmajer, based on the stories by Lewis Carroll Starring: Kristýna Kohoutová Pros: Impressive stop-motion Cons: Grotesque imagery that becomes unbearable Rated: Not Rated, contains no outright violence but much of the imagery is grotesque and disturbing Should You See it?: While I didn't personally like it, fans of surrealist cinema might enjoy it.
    Michael M Super Reviewer

Alice (Neco z Alenky) Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Movie & TV guides