'Alice in Wonderland' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   46 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   267 reviews
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    63
    Burton, one of the great visual artists in Hollywood history, is incapable of making an uninteresting movie. Still, I'm not looking forward to the sequel promised in the last scene.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    75
    Purists will squeal, but it's a workable and watchable liberty to take with an oft-filmed yet impossible to film novel.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    88
    IBurton and Woolverton pursue a message of self-fulfilment, not as vigorously as they might chase a rabbit but to the same delightful end.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Laremy Legel Film.com (Top Critic)
    67
    Alice in Wonderland is, strangely, about the movie you'd expect based on the talent involved.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    75
    The true three-dimensionality here is the old-fashioned kind -- Wasikowska's fully rounded performance. Throughout the technical razzle-dazzle, we keep returning to the pallor of that face, the gravity in those eyes.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Thomas Rogers Salon.com (Top Critic)
    I found myself trying so hard to like Alice in Wonderland that the process of watching it exhausted me.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Dana Stevens Slate (Top Critic)
    A film adaptation should, of course, treat its source material as inspiration rather than dogma. But did Burton have to get the books so entirely wrong?
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    75
    It's a workmanlike effort that will enchant all but the youngest children while holding the interest of parents. That, by definition, makes for a worthwhile family outing.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Michael Rechtshaffen Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    A fantastical romp that proves every bit as transporting as that movie about the blue people of Pandora, his Alice is more than just a gorgeous 3D sight to behold.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Jake Coyle Associated Press (Top Critic)
    Though Burton's film boasts some excellent performances, as the caterpillar says to our heroine, it's merely "almost Alice."
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Richard Corliss TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    So how's the movie? Mostly frabjous. The visual palette is more artfully riotous than that of other Alice films, the performances more zestful.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    63
    Even Disney and a PG rating can't bury Burton's subversive wit. Like Carroll, he's a master at dressing up psychic wounds in fantasy.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    40
    One pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small, and the pills Tim Burton gives you don't do very much at all.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Jeff Beck Examiner.com
    75
    This latest rendition of "Alice in Wonderland" is a journey worth taking mainly to see Tim Burton's imagination at play. The story is so well-known, but you haven't seen it done quite in this way before.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ali Gray TheShiznit.co.uk
    40
    Time to take some of Lewis Carroll's advice, Tim: eat me.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Kevin Carr 7M Pictures
    70
    It's the kind of movie that should inspire you to get a Blu-ray player and hi-def television if you don't have them already.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jason Best Movie Talk
    Storytelling has never been Burton's strong suit and his weakness is here compounded by a desire to somehow squeeze Carroll's topsy-turvy, logical-illogical tales into a teen-friendly, Disney-approved, big-screen adventure.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Brent Simon Shared Darkness
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael Dequina TheMovieReport.com
    75
    That Johnny Depp's take on the Mad Hatter is comparatively one of the more subdued performances tells you just how out there Tim Burton's film is.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nell Minow Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
    75
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Dennis Schwartz Ozus' World Movie Reviews
    50
    Wobbles along as average entertainment garnered from a great book.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Keith Uhlich Time Out
    40
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Greg Maki Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
    67
    For all of the wild, 3D effects, eccentric characters and sly nods to its source material, the highlights ... are the performances of his two favorite actors--Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Mark Kermode BBC Radio Five Live
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Gareth Simms Platform
    20
    Lewis Carroll is bent over a table, tears filling beneath his eyes. Something in your heart breaks. Your childhood, perhaps?
    Full Review » 4 years ago
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