Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Critics Consensus

Closer to the source material than 1971's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is for people who like their Chocolate visually appealing and dark.



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Director Tim Burton brings his unique vision and sensibility to Roald Dahl's classic children's story in this lavish screen interpretation. Willy Wonka (Johnny Depp) is the secretive and wildly imaginative man behind the world's most celebrated candy company, and while the Wonka factory is famously closed to visitors, the reclusive candy man decides to give five lucky children a chance to see the inside of his operation by placing "golden tickets" in five randomly selected chocolate bars. Charlie Bucket (Freddie Highmore), whose poor but loving family lives literally in the shadow of the Wonka factory, is lucky enough to obtain one of the tickets, and Charlie, escorted by his Grandpa Joe (David Kelly), is in for the ride of a lifetime as he tours the strange and remarkable world of Wonka with fellow winners, media-obsessed Mike Teavee (Jordan Fry), harsh and greedy Veruca Salt (Julia Winter), gluttonous Augustus Gloop (Philip Wiegratz), and ultra-competitive Violet Beauregarde (AnnaSophia Robb). Over the course of the day, some of the children will learn difficult lessons about themselves, and one will go on to become Wonka's new right hand. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory also stars Christopher Lee, James Fox, and Noah Taylor; the book was famously adapted to the screen before in 1971 under the title Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, with Gene Wilder as the eccentric candy tycoon. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Johnny Depp
as Willy Wonka
Freddie Highmore
as Charlie Bucket
David Kelly
as Grandpa Joe
Noah Taylor
as Mr. Bucket
Missi Pyle
as Mrs. Beauregarde
James Fox
as Mr. Salt
Deep Roy
as Oompa Loompa
Christopher Lee
as Dr. Wonka
Adam Godley
as Mr. Teavee
AnnaSophia Robb
as Violet Beauregarde
Julia Winter
as Veruca Salt
Jordan Fry
as Mike Teavee
Philip Wiegratz
as Augustus Gloop
Blair Dunlop
as Little Willy Wonka
Liz Smith
as Grandma Georgina
Eileen Essell
as Grandma Josephine
David Morris
as Grandpa George
Nitin Ganatra
as Prince Pondicherry
Shelley Conn
as Princess Pondicherry
Philip Philmar
as Slugworth
Tony Kirwood
as Finckelgruber
Phil Philmar
as Slugworth
Todd Boyce
as TV Reporter
Nayef Rashed
as Moroccan Market Vendor
Menis Yousry
as Moroccan Market Trader
Harry Taylor
as Mr. Gloop
Hubertus Geller
as German Reporter
Francesca Hunt
as Mrs. Salt
Garrick Hagon
as Denver Reporter
Kevin Eldon
as Man With Dog
Mark Heap
as Man With Dog
Roger Frost
as Tall Man
James Oscar Lee
as Shopkeeper
Colette Appleby
as Customer in Shop
Annette Badland
as Jolly Woman
Stephen Hope-Wayne
as Museum Guard
Stephen Hope-Wynne
as Museum Guard
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Critic Reviews for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

All Critics (229) | Top Critics (48) | Fresh (189) | Rotten (40)

  • As the star who's framed in the center of nearly every shot he's in, Depp is a constantly surprising Willy Wonka.

    May 12, 2006
  • Finally a worthy, excellent remake.

    Jan 17, 2006 | Full Review…
  • I wonder if even children will respond to the peculiarly humorless and charmless stylistic eccentricities of Mr. Burton and his star, Johnny Depp.

    Jul 28, 2005

    Andrew Sarris

    Top Critic
  • An intoxicating endorphin rush.

    Jul 19, 2005 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • You can't help feeling that a fantasist as accomplished as Burton can manage this kind of project with his eyes shut. The trouble is that, from film to film, his dreams are starting to look the same.

    Jul 18, 2005
  • It's got a gorgeous wrapper and a nut in the center, but it's not very sweet.

    Jul 17, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4

Audience Reviews for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  • Sep 03, 2016
    I respect the fact that Burton was trying to make something much closer to Dahl's novel than the 70s adaptation but he gets lost in the visuals and Depp's misguided weirdness. Also, the attempt to give Wonka a backstory (especially one as lame as this) was a critical error.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 02, 2014
    Tim Burton's version of Roald Dahl's classic work is pretty a copy of the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder, and it just doesn't deliver. In fact, I found this to be among the worst of Tim Burton's films. In the lead role of Willy Wonka is Johnny Depp, who is always great in very off the wall eccentric characters, but here he is out of place, and just doesn't cut. I found this be a dull, boring film, one that tried too hard at putting new life into a classic story. The end result is a train wreck of a film, one that just doesn't offer anything new or exciting. I guess you can say that this is a remake, and in that regards, it's a horrible one, and it joining countless other movies that have been butchered by remakes. Burton has made some great films, but Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ranks among his worst with Planet of the Apes. I thought that this film relied more on visuals and effects to try and entertain, while the original grabbed your attention with memorable performances, well executed storytelling and charm. This tries too hard at delivering an entertaining ride by cramming way too much into the film, and overdoing everything. The finished film just doesn't deliver anything memorable and it ends up being a waste of time. Don't expect anything good with this film. Stick with the 1971 film, it is a far superior picture and it has a much better cast and it doesn't overdo anything like this one did. This one just has nothing to really grab your attention. Tim Burton is talented, but he just doesn't pull off anything fun, entertaining and ultimately memorable with his version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Jul 24, 2013
    An atrocity beyond imagination is what awaits anyone who watches Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In the hands of Tim Burton this beloved children's tale becomes a demented, psychopathic maze of sh**. The one highlight of the film is Danny Elfman's music, but it doesn't compare to the classic songs of the original. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a soulless family comedy that's bereft of joy and wonder.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2012
    The visions of Dahl and Burton perfectly complement each other (please see Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr Fox as a point of direct contrast here) and the film is therefore faithful to the book in a modern transposition (for instance the updating of Violet Beauregarde and Mike Teevee are prefect, and fully faithful to Dahl's characters). It is acerbic, funny, unsettling, with a good fondant centre, immeasurably superior to the Gene Wilde version I grew up with. However, the British accents referring to 'candy' grates massively: please choose one or the other.
    Louis R Super Reviewer

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