Wonka

critic Reviews

, 82% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • With director Paul King at the helm and some solid new songs at the ready, the warmly old-fashioned Wonka puts a suitably sweet spin on the classic character while still leaving some room for the source material's darker undertones.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Jake WilsonThe Age (Australia)
    Wonka, like the Paddington films is something special in its own right, a labour of love from a team who have spared no expense or effort to give us all a Christmas treat. So come along one and all, bring the grandparents or the grandkids.
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    Rafer GuzmanNewsday
    At its best, “Wonka” can be melt-in-your-mouth fun, but what it lacks is weirdness — the very thing that made Dahl’s stories, and the earlier “Wonka” movies, so memorable.
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    Wenlei MaPerthNow
    It may have hijinks, tomfoolery and musical extravagance, but at its core, it’s as gooey as a marshmallow dipped in a chocolate fountain.


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    Olly RichardsTime Out
    This has the warm, cosy sense of a film that, even with its few flaws, could very easily become regarded as a festive classic.
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    Stephanie ZacharekTIME Magazine
    Wonka is carefully calibrated to bring joy. But do we want our joy to be something capable of being manipulated with buttons and knobs, with grand but somehow flat-looking sets?
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    David SimsThe Atlantic
    Wonka is saccharine, yes, but if you’re going to indulge, it’s better to be in the hands of a master confectioner.
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    Dolores QuintanaDolores Quintana
    WONKA is a delicious and delightful confection from start to finish. Full of music, wonder, and questioning of the social order, it doesn’t preach so much that it forgets to entertain.
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    Cris Parker3C Films (Youtube)
    Paul King delivers yet another whimsical and innocent family fun tale. Chalamet is also quite funny as the wacky chocolate maker.
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    Nicholas BellFish Jelly Films (YouTube)
    A sappy, unkempt and woefully incongruous origin story of Roald Dahl's villainous chocolatier, Wonka's strained sentimentality is fueled by empty calories.
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    Víctor López G.Espinof
    It had all the ingredients to be a truly eccentric and cloying disaster... and yet, it ended up becoming one of the most magical and wonderful films of 2023.
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