Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

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… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: June 30, 1971
DVD Release Date: August 28, 2001
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is strange yet comforting, full of narrative detours that don't always work but express the film's uniqueness.

Variety Staff

An okay family musical fantasy.

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Rich Phippen
Sky Movies

The movie continues to remain timeless in spite of itself.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

With a single gleam of his eye, Wilder pulls off more hints at a devious personality than all Johnny Depp's white make up, and bad wigs combined.

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Time Out

Great fun, with Wilder for once giving an impeccably controlled performance as the factory's bizarre owner.

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Jeremy Aspinall
Radio Times

Vibrant, imaginative fantasy reveals a layer of grimness beneath the confection.

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Sean Axmaker

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...

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TV Guide

Creates a marvelous world as close to heaven as any kid can imagine and never talks down to its young audience.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

The film has a rosier reputation than it earns, but its strengths are awfully good, and [Gene] Wilder is one for the history books.

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R. L. Shaffer

A polarizing, but classic piece of children's entertainment filled with whimsy, horror, comedy and imagination.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Gene Wilder is a genius, and he makes us love this magical film that may not be as well polished as it could have been but has a lovely charm of its own and has… More
Kevin M. Williams
Roald Dahl's story about candymaker's contest ("free chocolate for the rest of your life!") and subsequent factory tour is little more than… More
Mark Hobin
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is based on the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. As is the case with the author's… More
Samuel Riley
A true classic. With highly iconic songs such as 'Oompa Loompa' and iconic events like the nighmare tunnel that are still remembered today. Because of… More
Alex roy
Classic fantasy film based on Roald Dahl's book, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a standout film with some truly engaging performances, amusing… More
Greg S
An eccentric chocolatier lures children into his hallucinogenic candy factory, where he arranges for them to meet gruesome, ironic deaths. Early torture porn,… More