Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 2005

Critics score:
83 / 100

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Terry Lawson, 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. Read more

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: 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. Read more

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: Burton has pulled off the near-impossible: a fresh look at a classic. Read more

Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune: An exhilarating and fanciful movie that never drowns in money or technology. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, director Tim Burton does his best work in years. Read more

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper: It does look great. Read more

Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: 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. Read more

Scott Tobias, AV Club: 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. Read more

Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic: A great piece of entertainment. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: 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. Read more

Kenneth Turan, 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. Read more

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader: Much more faithful [to the source material]. Read more

Andrew Guy, Houston Chronicle: The production is top shelf. Read more

Paul Clinton (, A beautifully executed, visually astounding film about love and family. Read more

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post: Is it sweet? Sure. But Charlie is so much richer than that. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: A madhouse kiddie musical with a sweet-and-sour heart. Read more

Philip Wuntch, 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. Read more

Jan Stuart, Newsday: 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. Read more

Ken Tucker, New York Magazine/Vulture: As the star who's framed in the center of nearly every shot he's in, Depp is a constantly surprising Willy Wonka. Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger: It's too heavy. It's too bitter. And it's definitely got too many nuts. Read more

Jami Bernard, 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. Read more

A.O. Scott, New York Times: Wondrous and flawed. Read more

Andrew Sarris, 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. Read more

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: A glorious pageant of wit and whimsy, and a new milestone in childhood moviegoing. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Lovers of Dahl's book will almost certainly appreciate what Burton has wrought. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: 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. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, In its best sections, it's magically deranged in a way no other filmmaker could even come close to pulling off. Read more

David Edelstein, Slate: This movie is a riot of fiendish invention. Read more

Jeff Strickler, 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. Read more

Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: It's got a gorgeous wrapper and a nut in the center, but it's not very sweet. Read more

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail: Burton's movie is not only more faithful, complex and better cast, it has an essential ingredient: squirrels. Read more

Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star: Opulently entertaining. Read more

Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine: It's all right without being particularly riveting. Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: The summer's most visually arresting escapist adventure. Read more

Todd McCarthy, Variety: 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. Read more

Ed Park, Village Voice: Fun and nourishing, Charlie's the topsy-turvy equivalent of a three-course dinner in a single stick of gum. Read more

Desson Thomson, Washington Post: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a spectacle to be enjoyed, but only as such. Read more

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: 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. Read more