Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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Released 2005

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Director:
Tim Burton (I)
Released:
2005
Rating:
PG
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is Tim Burton’s bold remake of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s story of a boy and a golden ticket. Willy Wonka (Johnny Depp) closed his chocolate factory’s doors years ago, but they are about to be opened once again. The aging Wonka wants to find an heir, so he announces a contest: Find one of the five golden tickets hidden in Wonka Bars around the world, and receive a tour of the company and a lifetime supply of chocolate. One of the five lucky children to find the tickets is Charlie Bucket (Freddie Highmore), a poor boy with heart of gold, who’s always dreamed of something more. Tim Burton’s film isn’t so much a remake of the original 1971 film, but I faithful recreation of Dahl’s book. Of course, Burton brings his intense and vibrant visual style to the table. He makes the story his own while being true to the original.

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  • 80

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    I call it wondrous because, in spite of lapses and imperfections, a few of them serious, Mr. Burton's movie succeeds in doing what far too few films aimed primarily at children eve...

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Burton's gifts ensure you won't be able to take your eyes off the screen, but that doesn't necessarily mean you'll be happy with what you're seeing.

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Entertaining and fabulously imaginative in many ways, this second bigscreen rendition of the late author's modest morality tale on the wages of unbridled excess sports excesses of ...

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