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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
March 4, 2015
Depp, whose Wonka seems to be a cross between Michael Jackson and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari's somnambulist Cesare, delivers an engaging surface performance, though I far prefer the more measured madness of Gene Wilder's interpretation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia
November 7, 2012
[Depp is] ever the most watchable of freaks, even if he is slipping in and out of accents, looking perplexed at his slight lines and, most frustratingly, hinting at the mad -- okay, madder -- memorable turn that might have been.
| Original Score: 4/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
September 8, 2012
Predictably twisted scenery, a bland story, a horrible alteration of Wonka, and an ending that's anything but pleasing...

May 27, 2011
Adults and kids alike will take macabre delight in the punishment of naughty children. Burton and co make smart and funny additions to this classic tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Julian Roman
April 26, 2011
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is quite simply, wonderful; a brilliantly imagined story that will win old fans and new fans alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
June 13, 2008
The Nut Room scene, complete with squirrels, is unreservedly brilliant, a tour de force of electronic wizardry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008
One of the best family films in a while and one of the year's stronger films to date.
Rob Gonsalves
September 24, 2007
Poised to become a new cult classic to replace the old one.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
September 20, 2007
The material plays to [Burton's] strengths ... he's more interesting as a stylist than a storyteller.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Depp's Wonka exudes none of the gravity required for the role. It's as though he didn't take the role seriously. Rather than an intimidating candyman teaching brats a lesson, this Wonka is simply a freak.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
April 19, 2007
Possibly the first Hollywood movie to design a fairy tale of sorts around globalization, the film conjures a mythic Brit multinational instead of the usual imperial realm, asa basically high caloric magical kingdom.
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Ethan Alter
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
There's a lot of cool stuff on display here, but it lacks the consistent creative vision--or, if you like, the pure imagination--of the original film.
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
October 3, 2006
full review in Greek
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ryan Gilbey
Sight and Sound
September 28, 2006
If anything cramps Depp, and the film's sense of fun, it is the weight that is placed on reconciliation between Wonka and his father.
Todd Hertz
Christianity Today
September 11, 2006
A funny and sweet adventure for kids and parents, thanks to Burton's ability to stir the imagination and tell a sweepingly charming story.
| Original Score: 3/4
Bob Grimm
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
Soft-spoken, eccentric and just a little sadistic at times, Depp makes for an all-original Wonka, and not a rehash of Wilder's infamous work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 12, 2006
As the star who's framed in the center of nearly every shot he's in, Depp is a constantly surprising Willy Wonka.
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
January 17, 2006
Finally a worthy, excellent remake.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
December 31, 2005
[Tim Burton] commands his environments with such exacting precision that one can't help but lose oneself in the intricate layers of sets and costumes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert Hanks
Independent (UK)
December 6, 2005
In its combination of fidelity to its source and wacky visual ideas, Burton's take is a triumph of common sense and imagination -- exactly the qualities for which we admire children.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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