Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
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Promoted as a family musical by Paramount Pictures, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is more of a black comedy, perversely faithful to the spirit of Roald Dahl's original book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket (Peter… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

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"Great fun, with Wilder for once giving an impeccably controlled performance as the factory's bizarre owner."
‑ , Time Out
"When the movie does actually reach the factory, and Gene Wilder takes the stage, the movie is saved."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"This is Gene Wilder's legacy. He was perfect for the role, and it was his mixture of childlike wonder and bitter, deserved vengeance that made the character so compelling."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"It's all wonderfully colorful and imaginative, and filled with a multitude of references and jokes that will be understood only by adults."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"Aspires to the whimsy and fantasy of The Wizard of Oz but doesn't really capture the magic… more a fond tribute to 'pure imagination' than a triumph of it."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"It's Gene Wilder, at the top of his form, who makes this uneasy amalgam work, but [Mel] Stuart must surely deserve some of the credit..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, GreenCine
"... that rare breed: an imaginative live-action kid's film that engages and delights adults."
‑ Sean Axmaker, MSN.com
"Pure, sweet imagination for both kids and adults."
‑ Ed Grant, Common Sense Media
"...filled with good humor, good acting, and good songs...and it's just off kilter enough to keep everyone's attention."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"The movie bursts with creativity, deep thought and comedy."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"A polarizing, but classic piece of children's entertainment filled with whimsy, horror, comedy and imagination."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"Starring Gene Wilder, this offbeat comedy-fantasy for children has achieved a status in pop culture"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The passages in the mysterious factory, which should be Charlie's and our release from the oppression of the earlier scenes, are just as ugly as everything that's come before, so there's no contrast."
‑ Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
"Ainda que um ou outro número musical comprometa o ritmo, o clima de fantasia e a atuação calorosa de Wilder conquistam o espectador."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Probably Gene Wilder's finest, most manic hour."
‑ Widgett Walls, Needcoffee.com
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