Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Reviews

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July 9, 2018
Probably the best film of its sort since The Wizard of Oz. It is everything that family movies usually claim to be, but aren't: Delightful, funny, scary, exciting, and, most of all, a genuine work of imagination.
August 14, 2008
An okay family musical fantasy.
February 27, 2007
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
Great fun, with Wilder for once giving an impeccably controlled performance as the factory's bizarre owner.
September 20, 2018
he casting of Gene Wilder in the title role is the key: there is a crazed, yet knowing, glint in his eye that suggests the world of corporate confectionery is more sillier and sinister than we will ever know.
February 4, 2018
It is a rare breed: an imaginative live-action kid's film that engages and delights adults.
August 8, 2017
Creates a marvelous world as close to heaven as any kid can imagine and never talks down to its young audience.
August 8, 2017
The movie continues to remain timeless in spite of itself.
August 8, 2017
Vibrant, imaginative fantasy reveals a layer of grimness beneath the confection.
December 5, 2016
The film has a rosier reputation than it earns, but its strengths are awfully good, and [Gene] Wilder is one for the history books.
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