Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: July 15, 2005
DVD Release Date: November 7, 2005
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Closer to the source material than 1971's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is for people who like their Chocolate visually appealing and dark.

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.

Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

It's got a gorgeous wrapper and a nut in the center, but it's not very sweet.

Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Depp, whose Wonka seems to be a cross between Michael Jackson and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari's somnambulist Cesare, delivers an engaging surface performance, though I far prefer the more measured madness of Gene Wilder's interpretation.

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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.

Andrew Guy
Houston Chronicle

The production is top shelf.

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

[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.

Anthony Lane
New Yorker

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.

Stephanie Zacharek

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

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Predictably twisted scenery, a bland story, a horrible alteration of Wonka, and an ending that's anything but pleasing...

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Mumby
Because so much in Tim Burton's films stems from his vivid imagination, his films are highly personal, love-hate affairs. If you love one first time round,… More
Louis Rogers
The visions of Dahl and Burton perfectly complement each other (please see Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr Fox as a point of direct contrast here) and the film… More
Alex roy
Tim Burton's version of Roald Dahl's classic work is pretty a copy of the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder, and it just doesn't deliver. In fact, I… More
Samuel Riley
There are very few films that are so recognised that they cannot be remade. This remake is full of flaws and doesn't even hit the standards of the orignal… More
Candy Rose
Good re-make of the movie about children who win golden tickets to visit the chocolate factory. The special effects are great and Johnny puts on an excellent… More
Eugene Bernabe
Johnny Depp and Tim Burton are at it again. "Charlie" was a darker and more eerie take on Roald Dahl's famous novel. Though it takes a different… More