Alice in Wonderland Reviews

  • Tim Burton's creative juices run dry in a decidedly boring and bland interpretation of Alice in Wonderland.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • It looks like a CGI head trip gone postapocalyptic. In the film's rather humdrum 3-D, the place doesn't dazzle -- it droops.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • It's just hard to know why Mr. Burton, who doesn't seem much interested in Alice, bothered.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • When it comes to 3-D visual splendors, give me Wonderland over Pandora any day.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • 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.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • In its big-budget extraordinariness, Alice is awfully...ordinary.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • 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.

    J. Hoberman — Village Voice

  • "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.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • 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.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Its single biggest failing -- an affront to Lewis Carroll and the charms of nonsense literature -- is the fact that it makes sense.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • [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.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • Burton and Disney have found a glorious way to interpret fairy tales and fantasies.

    Claire Martin — Denver Post

  • 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.

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • Alice plays better as an adult hallucination, which is how Burton rather brilliantly interprets it until a pointless third act flies off the rails.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Its best and strangest interludes assert Burton's skills as a fantasist, as well as Depp's as a squirrely, inventive character actor.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • 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?

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • 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.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • A visually imaginative fairy tale that suffers slightly from its predictable course but still manages to wow at all the crucial moments.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • 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.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • It might be time for Johnny Depp and Tim Burton to start thinking about seeing other people.

    Christopher Rosen — New York Observer

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