100

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A mischievously inventive, surreal entertainment, one that celebrates not only Whipple Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight and Nutty Crunch Surprise but Busby Berkeley, Stanley Kubrick, the Beatles, and the outer-space acting choices of one Johnny Depp - not to mention those bushy-tailed rodents in all their bustling splendor.
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
A peach of a story delightfully imagined by Dahl and lushly realized by Burton. It's full of witty or awesome scenes, flights of fancy and characters either totally, lovably sweet or outrageously, humorously rotten.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Those Oompa-Loompas are the beat, and soul, of Burton's finest movie since "Ed Wood": a madhouse kiddie musical with a sweet-and-sour heart.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Depp deserves kudos for fashioning an original and outlandish if occasionally menacing character.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Here's a film about kids and for kids that has not lost touch with what it is like to actually be a kid.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
If all the laughs come from Depp, who gives Willy the mannerisms of a classic Hollywood diva, the film's heart comes from Highmore, a gifted young performer who had a leading role in "Finding Neverland." His performance is sincere, deep and unforced in a way that's rare in a child actor.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Depp and Burton fly too high on the vapors of pure imagination. But it's hard to not get hooked on something this tasty.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The movie's overlong and there are lumps in the batter, but this is a ''Charlie" that the author would recognize as upholding his playfully dyspeptic tradition.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
The eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka (Johnny Depp) can't feel pleasure, even though he's surrounded by it, so it's weirdly appropriate that the movie isn't "fun," even if it's amazing to look at.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Inside the mysterious factory, a psychedelic realm where Johnny Depp's Willy Wonka holds sway, pleasure gradually gives way to a peculiar state that I can only describe as engagement without enjoyment.
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72 out of 100
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