Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
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Director Tim Burton brings his unique vision and sensibility to Roald Dahl's classic children's story in this lavish screen interpretation. Willy Wonka (Johnny Depp) is the secretive and wildly imaginative man behind the world's most celebrated candy company, and while the Wonka factory is famously closed to visitors, the reclusive candy man decides to give five lucky children a chance to see the inside of his operation by placing "golden tickets" in five randomly selected chocolate bars. Charlie Bucket (Freddie Highmore), whose poor but loving family lives literally in… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

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"It's nearly impossible to fathom the grand act of sabotage that Johnny Depp has committed upon the source material as its reclusive chocolatier."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"I wonder if even children will respond to the peculiarly humorless and charmless stylistic eccentricities of Mr. Burton and his star, Johnny Depp."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"[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."
‑ Luke Goodsell, Empire Magazine Australasia
"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is quite simply, wonderful; a brilliantly imagined story that will win old fans and new fans alike."
‑ Julian Roman, MovieWeb
"Poised to become a new cult classic to replace the old one."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"As the star who's framed in the center of nearly every shot he's in, Depp is a constantly surprising Willy Wonka."
‑ Ken Tucker, New York Magazine
"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."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"Predictably twisted scenery, a bland story, a horrible alteration of Wonka, and an ending that's anything but pleasing..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The Nut Room scene, complete with squirrels, is unreservedly brilliant, a tour de force of electronic wizardry."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"The material plays to [Burton's] strengths ... he's more interesting as a stylist than a storyteller."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"It's nearly impossible to fathom the grand act of sabotage that Johnny Depp has committed upon the source material as its reclusive chocolatier."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out
"It's got a gorgeous wrapper and a nut in the center, but it's not very sweet."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"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."
‑ , Film4
"One of the best family films in a while and one of the year's stronger films to date."
‑ Garth Franklin, Dark Horizons
"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."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
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