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: 89% 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.

Time Out

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

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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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Sean Axmaker

... that rare breed: an imaginative live-action kid's film that engages and delights adults.

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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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Emanuel Levy

Starring Gene Wilder, this offbeat comedy-fantasy for children has achieved a status in pop culture

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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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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

When the movie does actually reach the factory, and Gene Wilder takes the stage, the movie is saved.

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Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
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
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
Directors Cat
It's not as magical as I remember it and although it has some plot flaws that dont really work it has an unusual unique screen presence.