Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Reviews

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September 8, 2012
Predictably twisted scenery, a bland story, a horrible alteration of Wonka, and an ending that's anything but pleasing...
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.
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.
July 30, 2005
Where Charlie and the Chocolate Factory really suffers is in Burton's direction. He seems to have lost the ability to make a film with any semblance of narrative flow.
July 29, 2005
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has all the warmth of A Clockwork Orange.
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.
July 25, 2005
Though the idea of a Burton / Dahl collaboration would seem a perfect aligning of sensibilities, it becomes incredibly apparent that the director's pretenses get in the way of Dahl's simpler intent.
July 24, 2005
Except for the Chocolate factory and Willie Wonka, this is an excellent film. Depp misses. Freddie Highmore scores!
July 22, 2005
You don't walk out...feeling as though you've just been treated to a glorious special event. You walk out wondering into which pocket you put your car keys.
July 22, 2005
Sweetened by everything Hollywood money can buy. Maybe the only thing it doesn't have is a reason for being.
July 21, 2005
Once again, Tim Burton 'reimagines' a property he Just Doesn't Get. (See Planet of the Apes -- but not literally.)
July 19, 2005
Charlie's disturbing Factory.Tim Burton rendition of child's tale excessive.
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.
July 18, 2005
Like too much candy this movie causes a bellyache of entertainment
July 17, 2005
It's got a gorgeous wrapper and a nut in the center, but it's not very sweet.
July 16, 2005
Depp's decision to play Wonka as a children's-show host (like Captain Kangaroo or Mr. Green Jeans) merged with the visage of Vogue editor Anna Wintour (though I'd say he looks more like Faye Dunaway by way of Michael Jackson) is one of his rare missteps.
July 16, 2005
Amused by bits here? Sure. Laughed heartily with pieces there? Of course. Enraptured with a performance or two? Definitely. But, on the whole, [Charlie] left me bizarrely cold...
July 15, 2005
Despite a few faint glimmers of fun, the movie is lost lost lost and there's no excusing it.
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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