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

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Reviews

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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
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
June 18, 2004
A strange, semi-sweet kiddie fantasy.
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 17, 2005
| Original Score: 1/5
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+
Ed Grant
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Pure, sweet imagination for both kids and adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 1, 2005
The movie bursts with creativity, deep thought and comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 17, 2003
If "creepy" can be an asset, then this is the best kind of creepy you'll ever find.
| Original Score: 3/5
Joshua Tyler
Filmcritic.com
August 30, 2001
Brings joy to adult and child alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
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.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
March 19, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
September 22, 2003
Just a frolicking Wonka visionary schnozberry flavored delight!
| Original Score: 5/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 4, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 8, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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
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
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
Sean Axmaker
MSN.com
October 19, 2011
... that rare breed: an imaginative live-action kid's film that engages and delights adults.
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...
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Howard Thompson
New York Times
May 10, 2005
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
July 15, 2005
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
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August 14, 2008
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