Alice in Wonderland Reviews

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November 17, 2011
March 5, 2010
"Curiouser and curiouser," says Alice in Tim Burton's latest, and for the first time I don't believe her.
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.
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.
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.
March 5, 2010
Burton and Disney have found a glorious way to interpret fairy tales and fantasies.
March 5, 2010
No knockouts here. No tkos, either.
March 5, 2010
The trippy tale may divide audiences -- Burton's version remains a children's story, though some may find it too over-the-top and idiosyncratic -- but to Us, it's a visual feast
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.
March 5, 2010
I can't rid myself of the feeling that for all the funkily crepuscular mood that Burton creates, this is a pretty conventional work.
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?
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.
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.
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.
March 5, 2010
I found myself trying so hard to like Alice in Wonderland that the process of watching it exhausted me.
March 5, 2010
The film, overall, seems familiar, and one didn't used to feel that about Burton, which probably means he needs to dig deeper next time in search of true oddity.
March 5, 2010
Alice in Wonderland is, strangely, about the movie you'd expect based on the talent involved.
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.
March 4, 2010
When it comes to 3-D visual splendors, give me Wonderland over Pandora any day.
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.
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