Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Reviews

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June 30, 2020
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, like many childhood favorites, is better left in the past and allowed to reside in memories. As an adaptation of Dahl's story, it's inferior to the Burton remake.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 9, 2020
The film makes exceptionally shrewd use of references children can understand and appreciate.
September 20, 2018
he casting of Gene Wilder in the title role is the key: there is a crazed, yet knowing, glint in his eye that suggests the world of corporate confectionery is more sillier and sinister than we will ever know.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
July 9, 2018
Probably the best film of its sort since The Wizard of Oz. It is everything that family movies usually claim to be, but aren't: Delightful, funny, scary, exciting, and, most of all, a genuine work of imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 3, 2018
It is a rare breed: an imaginative live-action kid's film that engages and delights adults.
August 8, 2017
Creates a marvelous world as close to heaven as any kid can imagine and never talks down to its young audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 8, 2017
The movie continues to remain timeless in spite of itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 8, 2017
Vibrant, imaginative fantasy reveals a layer of grimness beneath the confection.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 5, 2016
The film has a rosier reputation than it earns, but its strengths are awfully good, and [Gene] Wilder is one for the history books.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
October 4, 2014
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.
May 4, 2012
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...
January 29, 2012
A polarizing, but classic piece of children's entertainment filled with whimsy, horror, comedy and imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
October 21, 2011
When the movie does actually reach the factory, and Gene Wilder takes the stage, the movie is saved.
October 19, 2011
... that rare breed: an imaginative live-action kid's film that engages and delights adults.
July 25, 2011
Starring Gene Wilder, this offbeat comedy-fantasy for children has achieved a status in pop culture
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 26, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 1, 2011
Pure, sweet imagination for both kids and adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 22, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 14, 2008
An okay family musical fantasy.
July 22, 2008
It's all wonderfully colorful and imaginative, and filled with a multitude of references and jokes that will be understood only by adults.
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