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
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
June 18, 2004
A strange, semi-sweet kiddie fantasy.
July 17, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
July 16, 2005
Aspires to the whimsy and fantasy of The Wizard of Oz but doesn't really capture the magic… more a fond tribute to 'pure imagination' than a triumph of it.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 9, 2020
The film makes exceptionally shrewd use of references children can understand and appreciate.
January 1, 2011
Pure, sweet imagination for both kids and adults.
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
January 29, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
July 1, 2005
The movie bursts with creativity, deep thought and comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
January 17, 2003
If "creepy" can be an asset, then this is the best kind of creepy you'll ever find.
| Original Score: 3/5
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
August 30, 2001
Brings joy to adult and child alike.
Full Review| Original Score: 5/5
October 21, 2011
When the movie does actually reach the factory, and Gene Wilder takes the stage, the movie is saved.
August 8, 2017
The movie continues to remain timeless in spite of itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
August 14, 2008
An okay family musical fantasy.
March 19, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
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