Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
October 4, 2014
With a single gleam of his eye, Wilder pulls off more hints at a devious personality than all Johnny Depp's white make up, and bad wigs combined.
Sean Axmaker
GreenCine
May 4, 2012
It's Gene Wilder, at the top of his form, who makes this uneasy amalgam work, but [Mel] Stuart must surely deserve some of the credit...
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD
January 29, 2012
A polarizing, but classic piece of children's entertainment filled with whimsy, horror, comedy and imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 21, 2011
When the movie does actually reach the factory, and Gene Wilder takes the stage, the movie is saved.
Sean Axmaker
MSN.com
October 19, 2011
... that rare breed: an imaginative live-action kid's film that engages and delights adults.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 25, 2011
Starring Gene Wilder, this offbeat comedy-fantasy for children has achieved a status in pop culture
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
June 26, 2011
This is Gene Wilder's legacy. He was perfect for the role, and it was his mixture of childlike wonder and bitter, deserved vengeance that made the character so compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Ed Grant
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Pure, sweet imagination for both kids and adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
December 22, 2009
The passages in the mysterious factory, which should be Charlie's and our release from the oppression of the earlier scenes, are just as ugly as everything that's come before, so there's no contrast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steve Biodrowski
ESplatter
July 22, 2008
It's all wonderfully colorful and imaginative, and filled with a multitude of references and jokes that will be understood only by adults.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
October 14, 2006
...filled with good humor, good acting, and good songs...and it's just off kilter enough to keep everyone's attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Top Critic

Time Out
January 26, 2006
Great fun, with Wilder for once giving an impeccably controlled performance as the factory's bizarre owner.
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
July 20, 2005
Ainda que um ou outro número musical comprometa o ritmo, o clima de fantasia e a atuação calorosa de Wilder conquistam o espectador.
| Original Score: 5/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
July 16, 2005
Aspires to the whimsy and fantasy of The Wizard of Oz but doesn't really capture the magic… more a fond tribute to 'pure imagination' than a triumph of it.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 1, 2005
The movie bursts with creativity, deep thought and comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com
February 4, 2005
Probably Gene Wilder's finest, most manic hour.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
July 23, 2004
Weird and wonderful
| Original Score: 5/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
June 18, 2004
A strange, semi-sweet kiddie fantasy.
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
September 22, 2003
Just a frolicking Wonka visionary schnozberry flavored delight!
| Original Score: 5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 21, 2003
It has a huge following, though I've never understood why.
| Original Score: 3/5
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