'Alice in Wonderland' Critic Reviews

59%
MovieWeb:   46 reviews
51%
Rotten Tomatoes:   267 reviews
  • Julian Roman MovieWeb (Top Critic)
    60
    Tim Burton's creative juices run dry in a decidedly boring and bland interpretation of Alice in Wonderland.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    42
    It looks like a CGI head trip gone postapocalyptic. In the film's rather humdrum 3-D, the place doesn't dazzle -- it droops.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    It's just hard to know why Mr. Burton, who doesn't seem much interested in Alice, bothered.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    I can't rid myself of the feeling that for all the funkily crepuscular mood that Burton creates, this is a pretty conventional work.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    When it comes to 3-D visual splendors, give me Wonderland over Pandora any day.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Even considering the liberties Burton has taken with the original text, it's tempting to think that Carroll himself would consider him an altogether frabjous match.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    In its big-budget extraordinariness, Alice is awfully...ordinary.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • J. Hoberman Village Voice (Top Critic)
    The new Alice is casually absurd, off-handed in its violence, and doggedly on message. The movie is not just three-dimensional but blatantly programmatic.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    "Frabjous" may be a word Carroll invented, but Burton knows just what it means, at least in his own mind. He's clearly excited to invite us inside, and as long as you're open to so much muchness, you'll be very glad he did.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    A succession of chases and fanciful combats, more akin to Dungeons & Dragons than to Carroll, leads to a peculiarly truncated climax. The 3-D effects are enjoyable, but the added depth can't make up for deficits in the concept or the plot.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    38
    Its single biggest failing -- an affront to Lewis Carroll and the charms of nonsense literature -- is the fact that it makes sense.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Chris Vognar Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    80
    [Depp's] wide eyes and high whimsy feel a bit derivative of his Willy Wonka (another collaboration with Burton), but he invests so much of his ample energy and instinct in these roles that it's hard to complain.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Claire Martin Denver Post (Top Critic)
    100
    Burton and Disney have found a glorious way to interpret fairy tales and fantasies.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • James Rocchi MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    0
    Combines the heavy-handed clamminess of unneeded brand remarketing with the hateful hollowness of overdone and empty computer-generated imagery. ... With Burton's uninspired, underdone and underwritten version, you only feel like you're watching money.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    Burton, bless him, knows you can't CG a soul.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    Alice plays better as an adult hallucination, which is how Burton rather brilliantly interprets it until a pointless third act flies off the rails.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    Its best and strangest interludes assert Burton's skills as a fantasist, as well as Depp's as a squirrely, inventive character actor.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    Carroll purists are likely to dismiss this Alice as spuriouser and spuriouser. But who expects a faithful adaptation of a literary classic from Timothy Beetlejuice?
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    Indecision haunts every frame. The result is a clattering, hectic spectacle that by the end has run out of inspiration. It's a home for abandoned ideas.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    67
    A visually imaginative fairy tale that suffers slightly from its predictable course but still manages to wow at all the crucial moments.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    80
    Carroll purists and freshman English majors may be aghast at the change in story, but for those who watched Avatar and marveled at the images but were left wanting by the wooden acting and tired story, Alice is a treat.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Christopher Rosen New York Observer (Top Critic)
    25
    It might be time for Johnny Depp and Tim Burton to start thinking about seeing other people.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Brian Lowry Variety (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Dennis Harvey Variety (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    Alice in Wonderland has its moments of delight, humor and bedazzlement. But it also becomes more ordinary as it goes along, building to a generic battle climax similar to any number of others in CGI-heavy movies of the past few years.
    Full Review » 4 years ago