Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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
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
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
October 19, 2011
... that rare breed: an imaginative live-action kid's film that engages and delights adults.
Emanuel Levy
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
Fat Guys at the Movies
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
Steve Biodrowski
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 Villaça
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
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 1, 2005
The movie bursts with creativity, deep thought and comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Derek Smith
Apollo Guide
May 11, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Widgett Walls
February 4, 2005
Probably Gene Wilder's finest, most manic hour.
| Original Score: 4/5
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 24, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 8, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
July 23, 2004
Weird and wonderful
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
March 19, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
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