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Detroit Free Press:
While the first Chocolate Factory was a color-mad eye-popper, this is something better: a carefully conceived and imaginatively created eye-opener.
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.
Burton has pulled off the near-impossible: a fresh look at a classic.
An exhilarating and fanciful movie that never drowns in money or technology.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie,
Neither the director nor the star can be accused of slacking off; Charlie is brimming with energy, cleverness and craft. But it remains more an abstract exercise than an all-engulfing experience.
There's little wrong with Charlie, but it needs the Burton of old to animate its candy-colored universe with mischief and awe. Instead, he remains trapped like Wonka in a hermetic house of wonders, and the movie suffocates along with him.
The movie weighs a ton, as expensive Hollywood kitsch usually does, and it's to Burton and Depp's credit that it doesn't completely buckle under its own mass.
Los Angeles Times:
Burton's gifts ensure you won't be able to take your eyes off the screen, but that doesn't necessarily mean you'll be happy with what you're seeing.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com),
A beautifully executed, visually astounding film about love and family.
Dallas Morning News:
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is not a total triumph. But it's successful enough to linger in your memory, for the most part pleasantly.
This is Burton in the winking mode and full-tilt visual extravagance of his three best movies: Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, Edward Scissorhands and Ed Wood.
New York Daily News:
A movie that will delight children, annoy fans of the 1971 version that starred a slyly subversive Gene Wilder and perplex everyone else.
New York Observer:
I wonder if even children will respond to the peculiarly humorless and charmless stylistic eccentricities of Mr. Burton and his star, Johnny Depp.
Lovers of Dahl's book will almost certainly appreciate what Burton has wrought.
The kids, their adventures and the song and dance numbers are so entertaining that Depp's strange Willy Wonka is not fatal to the movie, although it's at right angles to it.
In its best sections, it's magically deranged in a way no other filmmaker could even come close to pulling off.
This movie is a riot of fiendish invention.
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
There's not a lot of substance to the kid-flick fantasy, but it does an exquisite job of transporting the viewers -- along with the protagonists -- to a gloriously magical setting.
Globe and Mail:
Burton's movie is not only more faithful, complex and better cast, it has an essential ingredient: squirrels.
The summer's most visually arresting escapist adventure.
Entertaining and fabulously imaginative in many ways, this second bigscreen rendition of the late author's modest morality tale on the wages of unbridled excess sports excesses of its own.
Fun and nourishing, Charlie's the topsy-turvy equivalent of a three-course dinner in a single stick of gum.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a spectacle to be enjoyed, but only as such.
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.