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Alice in Wonderland Reviews

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Brian Lowry
Variety
February 23, 2012
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
March 5, 2010
"Curiouser and curiouser," says Alice in Tim Burton's latest, and for the first time I don't believe her.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
March 5, 2010
Its single biggest failing -- an affront to Lewis Carroll and the charms of nonsense literature -- is the fact that it makes sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 5, 2010
The true three-dimensionality here is the old-fashioned kind -- Wasikowska's fully rounded performance. Throughout the technical razzle-dazzle, we keep returning to the pallor of that face, the gravity in those eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 5, 2010
A visually imaginative fairy tale that suffers slightly from its predictable course but still manages to wow at all the crucial moments.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Claire Martin
Denver Post
March 5, 2010
Burton and Disney have found a glorious way to interpret fairy tales and fantasies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 5, 2010
No knockouts here. No tkos, either.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
March 5, 2010
Much of Carroll's magical nonsense remains, even if Burton's film wobbles at the gates of anarchy and ends up being a more average affair than many might expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dana Stevens
Slate
March 5, 2010
A film adaptation should, of course, treat its source material as inspiration rather than dogma. But did Burton have to get the books so entirely wrong?
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 5, 2010
A succession of chases and fanciful combats, more akin to Dungeons & Dragons than to Carroll, leads to a peculiarly truncated climax. The 3-D effects are enjoyable, but the added depth can't make up for deficits in the concept or the plot.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 5, 2010
IBurton and Woolverton pursue a message of self-fulfilment, not as vigorously as they might chase a rabbit but to the same delightful end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
March 5, 2010
You leave the theater with a pleasant grin on your face, but by no means is it as wide as the Cheshire Cat's, and that's a shame.
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Thomas Rogers
Salon.com
March 5, 2010
I found myself trying so hard to like Alice in Wonderland that the process of watching it exhausted me.
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
March 5, 2010
Alice in Wonderland is, strangely, about the movie you'd expect based on the talent involved.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 5, 2010
It's a workmanlike effort that will enchant all but the youngest children while holding the interest of parents. That, by definition, makes for a worthwhile family outing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 4, 2010
When it comes to 3-D visual splendors, give me Wonderland over Pandora any day.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 4, 2010
Burton, one of the great visual artists in Hollywood history, is incapable of making an uninteresting movie. Still, I'm not looking forward to the sequel promised in the last scene.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 4, 2010
Even Disney and a PG rating can't bury Burton's subversive wit. Like Carroll, he's a master at dressing up psychic wounds in fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 4, 2010
Indecision haunts every frame. The result is a clattering, hectic spectacle that by the end has run out of inspiration. It's a home for abandoned ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 4, 2010
Though it has a few moments where you can see Burton's imagination giving way to Disney convention, along with a bit of trademark Burton darkness, the pleasures of Alice are virtually always unexpected.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 4, 2010
Carroll purists are likely to dismiss this Alice as spuriouser and spuriouser. But who expects a faithful adaptation of a literary classic from Timothy Beetlejuice?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 4, 2010
The sweetly surreal feeling of those original books has been lost. What always felt like an English garden party gone slightly off has been replaced by the grotesque and the Gothic and the overdone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 4, 2010
In its big-budget extraordinariness, Alice is awfully...ordinary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
March 4, 2010
Even considering the liberties Burton has taken with the original text, it's tempting to think that Carroll himself would consider him an altogether frabjous match.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
March 4, 2010
It's just hard to know why Mr. Burton, who doesn't seem much interested in Alice, bothered.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
March 4, 2010
So how's the movie? Mostly frabjous. The visual palette is more artfully riotous than that of other Alice films, the performances more zestful.
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
March 4, 2010
Combines the heavy-handed clamminess of unneeded brand remarketing with the hateful hollowness of overdone and empty computer-generated imagery. ... With Burton's uninspired, underdone and underwritten version, you only feel like you're watching money.
| Original Score: 0/5
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
March 4, 2010
Gone: the liquid reality of dreams and a sense that anything can happen. In its place: another story of quests, destinies, and chosen ones.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 4, 2010
One pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small, and the pills Tim Burton gives you don't do very much at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
March 4, 2010
[Depp's] wide eyes and high whimsy feel a bit derivative of his Willy Wonka (another collaboration with Burton), but he invests so much of his ample energy and instinct in these roles that it's hard to complain.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 4, 2010
"Frabjous" may be a word Carroll invented, but Burton knows just what it means, at least in his own mind. He's clearly excited to invite us inside, and as long as you're open to so much muchness, you'll be very glad he did.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Christopher Rosen
New York Observer
March 4, 2010
It might be time for Johnny Depp and Tim Burton to start thinking about seeing other people.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 4, 2010
Here's a riddle: What's Alice in Wonderland without wonder? It's a beloved character landing in the rubble of wrong-headed revisionism.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 4, 2010
Alice in Wonderland isn't quite the natural fit of director and material that it seemed to be on paper, but most of Burton's recent movies have been far more disappointing.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 4, 2010
Its best and strangest interludes assert Burton's skills as a fantasist, as well as Depp's as a squirrely, inventive character actor.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 4, 2010
Alice plays better as an adult hallucination, which is how Burton rather brilliantly interprets it until a pointless third act flies off the rails.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 3, 2010
It looks like a CGI head trip gone postapocalyptic. In the film's rather humdrum 3-D, the place doesn't dazzle -- it droops.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 3, 2010
Purists will squeal, but it's a workable and watchable liberty to take with an oft-filmed yet impossible to film novel.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
March 3, 2010
Carroll purists and freshman English majors may be aghast at the change in story, but for those who watched Avatar and marveled at the images but were left wanting by the wooden acting and tired story, Alice is a treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
March 2, 2010
Though Burton's film boasts some excellent performances, as the caterpillar says to our heroine, it's merely "almost Alice."
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
March 2, 2010
The new Alice is casually absurd, off-handed in its violence, and doggedly on message. The movie is not just three-dimensional but blatantly programmatic.
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
March 1, 2010
A really interesting movie.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 1, 2010
Burton, bless him, knows you can't CG a soul.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
February 25, 2010
Alice in Wonderland has its moments of delight, humor and bedazzlement. But it also becomes more ordinary as it goes along, building to a generic battle climax similar to any number of others in CGI-heavy movies of the past few years.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
February 25, 2010
A fantastical romp that proves every bit as transporting as that movie about the blue people of Pandora, his Alice is more than just a gorgeous 3D sight to behold.