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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Reviews

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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.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
July 28, 2005
I wonder if even children will respond to the peculiarly humorless and charmless stylistic eccentricities of Mr. Burton and his star, Johnny Depp.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
July 18, 2005
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.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 17, 2005
It's got a gorgeous wrapper and a nut in the center, but it's not very sweet.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew Guy
Houston Chronicle
July 16, 2005
The production is top shelf.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
July 15, 2005
In its best sections, it's magically deranged in a way no other filmmaker could even come close to pulling off.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 15, 2005
Throughout his fey, simpering performance, Depp seems to be straining so hard for weirdness that the entire enterprise begins to feel like those excruciating occasions when your parents tried to be hip.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 15, 2005
The summer's most visually arresting escapist adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 15, 2005
Opulently entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 15, 2005
In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, director Tim Burton does his best work in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 15, 2005
A glorious pageant of wit and whimsy, and a new milestone in childhood moviegoing.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 15, 2005
It's too heavy. It's too bitter. And it's definitely got too many nuts.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
July 15, 2005
A movie that will delight children, annoy fans of the 1971 version that starred a slyly subversive Gene Wilder and perplex everyone else.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 15, 2005
It's Depp's misfire that keeps the picture from becoming a genuinely sweet pleasure: As it stands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the equivalent of NutriSweet.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 15, 2005
Burton's movie is not only more faithful, complex and better cast, it has an essential ingredient: squirrels.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 15, 2005
Burton has included a far more satisfying ending.
| Original Score: B-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 15, 2005
Is it sweet? Sure. But Charlie is so much richer than that.
| Original Score: 4/4
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July 15, 2005
A beautifully executed, visually astounding film about love and family.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 15, 2005
The movie weighs a ton, as expensive Hollywood kitsch usually does, and it's to Burton and Depp's credit that it doesn't completely buckle under its own mass.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 15, 2005
Much more faithful [to the source material].
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 15, 2005
While the first Chocolate Factory was a color-mad eye-popper, this is something better: a carefully conceived and imaginatively created eye-opener.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 15, 2005
Energy lags aside, I recommend the movie for the weird and wonderful display of imagination that Burton brings to the task -- not to mention the occasional mordant touch.
| Original Score: B
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 14, 2005
Wondrous and flawed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 14, 2005
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a spectacle to be enjoyed, but only as such.
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July 14, 2005
This movie is a riot of fiendish invention.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 14, 2005
Burton has pulled off the near-impossible: a fresh look at a classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
July 14, 2005
In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Tim Burton has taken the 1971 cinematic bonbon Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, based on Roald Dahl's classic book, added nuts, and created something weirdly wonderful.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 14, 2005
A mischievously inventive, surreal entertainment, one that celebrates not only Whipple Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight and Nutty Crunch Surprise but Busby Berkeley, Stanley Kubrick, the Beatles, and the outer-space acting choices of one Johnny Depp.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 14, 2005
There's not a lot of substance to the kid-flick fantasy, but it does an exquisite job of transporting the viewers -- along with the protagonists -- to a gloriously magical setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
July 14, 2005
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is not a total triumph. But it's successful enough to linger in your memory, for the most part pleasantly.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 14, 2005
Neither the director nor the star can be accused of slacking off; Charlie is brimming with energy, cleverness and craft. But it remains more an abstract exercise than an all-engulfing experience.
| Original Score: B-
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
July 14, 2005
A great piece of entertainment.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 14, 2005
The kids, their adventures and the song and dance numbers are so entertaining that Depp's strange Willy Wonka is not fatal to the movie, although it's at right angles to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
July 14, 2005
Entertaining and fabulously imaginative in many ways, this second bigscreen rendition of the late author's modest morality tale on the wages of unbridled excess sports excesses of its own.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
July 14, 2005
It's all right without being particularly riveting.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 14, 2005
A treat for twisted children of all ages.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
July 14, 2005
This is Burton in the winking mode and full-tilt visual extravagance of his three best movies: Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, Edward Scissorhands and Ed Wood.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 14, 2005
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is an inspired and hugely satisfying meeting of director and material.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 14, 2005
Burton's gifts ensure you won't be able to take your eyes off the screen, but that doesn't necessarily mean you'll be happy with what you're seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 14, 2005
An exhilarating and fanciful movie that never drowns in money or technology.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
July 14, 2005
There's little wrong with Charlie, but it needs the Burton of old to animate its candy-colored universe with mischief and awe. Instead, he remains trapped like Wonka in a hermetic house of wonders, and the movie suffocates along with him.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 13, 2005
A madhouse kiddie musical with a sweet-and-sour heart.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 13, 2005
Lovers of Dahl's book will almost certainly appreciate what Burton has wrought.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ed Park
Village Voice
July 12, 2005
Fun and nourishing, Charlie's the topsy-turvy equivalent of a three-course dinner in a single stick of gum.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 12, 2005
A winning, charming, very droll children's film for the whole family.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 11, 2005
It does look great.