Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Reviews

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May 12, 2006
As the star who's framed in the center of nearly every shot he's in, Depp is a constantly surprising Willy Wonka.
January 17, 2006
Finally a worthy, excellent remake.
July 28, 2005
I wonder if even children will respond to the peculiarly humorless and charmless stylistic eccentricities of Mr. Burton and his star, Johnny Depp.
July 19, 2005
An intoxicating endorphin rush.
July 18, 2005
You can't help feeling that a fantasist as accomplished as Burton can manage this kind of project with his eyes shut. The trouble is that, from film to film, his dreams are starting to look the same.
July 17, 2005
It's got a gorgeous wrapper and a nut in the center, but it's not very sweet.
July 16, 2005
The production is top shelf.
July 15, 2005
In its best sections, it's magically deranged in a way no other filmmaker could even come close to pulling off.
July 15, 2005
Throughout his fey, simpering performance, Depp seems to be straining so hard for weirdness that the entire enterprise begins to feel like those excruciating occasions when your parents tried to be hip.
July 15, 2005
The summer's most visually arresting escapist adventure.
July 15, 2005
Opulently entertaining.
July 15, 2005
In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, director Tim Burton does his best work in years.
July 15, 2005
A glorious pageant of wit and whimsy, and a new milestone in childhood moviegoing.
July 15, 2005
It's too heavy. It's too bitter. And it's definitely got too many nuts.
July 15, 2005
A movie that will delight children, annoy fans of the 1971 version that starred a slyly subversive Gene Wilder and perplex everyone else.
July 15, 2005
It's Depp's misfire that keeps the picture from becoming a genuinely sweet pleasure: As it stands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the equivalent of NutriSweet.
July 15, 2005
Burton's movie is not only more faithful, complex and better cast, it has an essential ingredient: squirrels.
July 15, 2005
Burton has included a far more satisfying ending.
July 15, 2005
Is it sweet? Sure. But Charlie is so much richer than that.
July 15, 2005
A beautifully executed, visually astounding film about love and family.
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