Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Reviews

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November 19, 2019
A delightful treat filled with stunning visuals and a lot of fun performances, headlined by Johnny Depp.
June 5, 2019
A movie giddily drunk on its own sheer different-ness.
April 25, 2019
Somehow everything comes up smelling of rose-scented chocolate... Burton outdoes himself and it's the inside of the chocolate factory and its community of singing Oompa-Loompas that scintillate.
February 6, 2018
By fleshing out the backgrounds of the factory's most peculiar characters and allowing Dahl's unique mixture of charm and menace to guide him, Burton has created a film that is sharp, scary, and, surprisingly, quite heartwarming.
November 12, 2017
It was once a place for pure imagination. Now, under Tim Burton's care, it's a madhouse again.
March 4, 2015
Depp, whose Wonka seems to be a cross between Michael Jackson and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari's somnambulist Cesare, delivers an engaging surface performance, though I far prefer the more measured madness of Gene Wilder's interpretation.
November 7, 2012
[Depp is] ever the most watchable of freaks, even if he is slipping in and out of accents, looking perplexed at his slight lines and, most frustratingly, hinting at the mad -- okay, madder -- memorable turn that might have been.
September 8, 2012
Predictably twisted scenery, a bland story, a horrible alteration of Wonka, and an ending that's anything but pleasing...
May 27, 2011
Adults and kids alike will take macabre delight in the punishment of naughty children. Burton and co make smart and funny additions to this classic tale.
April 26, 2011
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is quite simply, wonderful; a brilliantly imagined story that will win old fans and new fans alike.
June 13, 2008
The Nut Room scene, complete with squirrels, is unreservedly brilliant, a tour de force of electronic wizardry.
January 15, 2008
One of the best family films in a while and one of the year's stronger films to date.
September 24, 2007
Poised to become a new cult classic to replace the old one.
September 20, 2007
The material plays to [Burton's] strengths ... he's more interesting as a stylist than a storyteller.
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.
April 19, 2007
Possibly the first Hollywood movie to design a fairy tale of sorts around globalization, the film conjures a mythic Brit multinational instead of the usual imperial realm, asa basically high caloric magical kingdom.
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.
October 3, 2006
full review in Greek
September 28, 2006
If anything cramps Depp, and the film's sense of fun, it is the weight that is placed on reconciliation between Wonka and his father.
September 11, 2006
A funny and sweet adventure for kids and parents, thanks to Burton's ability to stir the imagination and tell a sweepingly charming story.
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