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
Brian Lowry - Variety
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.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
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.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Purists will squeal, but it's a workable and watchable liberty to take with an oft-filmed yet impossible to film novel.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
IBurton and Woolverton pursue a message of self-fulfilment, not as vigorously as they might chase a rabbit but to the same delightful end.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Alice in Wonderland is, strangely, about the movie you'd expect based on the talent involved.
Laremy Legel - Film.com
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.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
I found myself trying so hard to like Alice in Wonderland that the process of watching it exhausted me.
Thomas Rogers - Salon.com
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?
Dana Stevens - Slate
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.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
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.
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
Though Burton's film boasts some excellent performances, as the caterpillar says to our heroine, it's merely "almost Alice."
Jake Coyle - Associated Press
So how's the movie? Mostly frabjous. The visual palette is more artfully riotous than that of other Alice films, the performances more zestful.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
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.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
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.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
The movie is seeped in distinctive visuals, lavish photography and set design that recalls the wondrous texture of "Harry Potter." What, then, held them back on taking further creative opportunities with the story?
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
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.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Time to take some of Lewis Carroll's advice, Tim: eat me.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
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.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
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.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
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.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Wobbles along as average entertainment garnered from a great book.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Keith Uhlich - Time Out
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.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Burton's imagination never lets up ... and while those 3-D effects do seem to fade into the background, you can feed your head on his Wonderland for the entire trip.
Matt Kelemen - Las Vegas CityLife
...an endeavor that's big on spectacle yet small on plot...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
More Disney than Tim Burton.
Clay Cane - BET.com
An endless series of tedious set pieces, flat characterization, lethargic visual effects, a waste of raw talent...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Even though Burton is unable to channel much suspense or awe, the film is a sumptuous visual delight. It all adds up to a mildly enjoyable adventure, sadly lacking in ambition.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
A bland adventure fantasy, Alice in Wonderland may be pretty to look at, yet offers nothing more than Tim Burton's now generic and uninspired brand of filmmaking.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
The imposition of a fairytale quest structure turns the surrealist wanderings (and wonderings) of a free-associating dreamer into a brusque crash-zoom, as Alice hurtles towards her appointment on the good-versus-evil battlefield.
Lisa Mullen - Sight and Sound
The Alice books gained fame for being totally unconventional, and you decide to make a totally conventional movie out of them?
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Could have been called Alice in Blunderland, Burton's latest is inferior to the childish Disney feature in nearly every way.
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
A fun film with awesome visual design. I think that over time detractors will mellow and Burton's Alice will become a classic. Bandersnatches and Futterwackens not withstanding.
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
For all its noise and distractions and CG decal, this Wonderland is a zone void of imagination; it proves how relatively mind-blowing Avatar's Pandora actually was.
Rob Humanick - Suite101.com
Johnny Depp, basicamente dependendo apenas da maquiagem e de proteses, investe numa composicao caricata como o personagem exige ao mesmo tempo em que se apresenta em cena como uma especie de filhote assustado de Madonna, Gene Wilder e Elijah Wood.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Anne Hathaway is ridiculously miscast as a deliberately weird White Queen, although the character is supposed to represent Good against the Red Queen's evil.
Janos Gereben - Entertainment Insiders
Kids will enjoy the characters and the 3D. But grownups? Well, not this grownup, who is a Tim Burton/Johnny Depp fan, and who expected more.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
...[Burton] made an Alice in Wonderland film that wasn't Alice in Wonderland. Kinda.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
A head trip into blunderland.
Michael Smith - Tulsa World
Burton's personal stamp is missing. On Alice he is a director for hire, helping the Disney empire repurpose one of its animated properties and reinforce its 3-D bulkhead.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Vizualno atraktivan film prepun grotesknih likova i CGI-efekata o kojima se donedavno nije moglo sanjati
Dragan Antulov - Draxblog Movie Reviews
For better or for worse, it's Burton's imagination that keeps the proceedings lively, even if its' not as blatantly humorous as we'd like.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Logic and proportion have seldom fallen so shruggingly dead
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
Alice in Wonderland is normally not my cup of tea, but I was happy I joined the tea party this time.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
It's a weak structure, thinly tied to the picture's tired and antiquated theme about Alice reclaiming her "muchness" and defying societal expectations.
Annlee Ellingson - Moving Pictures Magazine
The Tim Burton-Johnny Depp combo comes in colors and whimsy, but lacks tension
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Alice in Wonderland lands in a comfortable zone that should accommodate both kids and adults.
Alison Gang - San Diego Union-Tribune
La imaginacion visual de Tim Burton encuentra terreno fertil en los personajes de Lewis Carroll, pero el resultado luce poco original y sorpresivo. Quien se destaca es Helena Bonham Carter como la irritable Reina Roja.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
What should have been an eye-popping and jaw-dropping dream combination of two celebrated fabulists is instead a dour and unpleasant disaster that reduces one of the great modern mythical tales into a ugly mess
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
Tim Burton is the kind of director who probably does come up with six impossible things before breakfast. So it was a surprise to see him produce a film so lacking in joy, innovation and curiosity.
Gina Carbone - Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
Re-emphasizes the nagging impression that the director is stuck in a creative rut, making pictures that are a tad too well-suited for his idiosyncratic style.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
Alice In Wonderland may look fantastic, but there's little else going for it. It's emotionally cold, utterly predictable and there's never any sense of peril.
Richard Edwards - SFX Magazine
This may be the most fantastic, wondrous, and sinister realization of Alice's wonderland to date.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
Not to say that Tim Burton's made a bad film, more that this is a missed opportunity.
Alex Fitch - Electric Sheep
Burton treats the eyes and tickles the funny bone, no doubt, but the heart and mind are left wanting.
Paul Gallagher - Future Movies UK
The look of the film is electric with amazing creatures and incredibly varied landscapes from lush to bleak.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Burton manages to put his unique visual spin on the familiar elements of the story, although he never quite reaches the heights of Jefferson Airplane's immortal anthem "White Rabbit"
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Dulled down by a leaden epic formula, the plot becomes jerkily predictable on its Lord of the Rings route. Comedy and charming daffiness are sorely lacking--it's mostly ashen doom and gloom. 'Tediouser and tediouser!' cried Alice.
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Quite tiresome in the end.
Bob Grimm - Reno News and Review
I found Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland to be a treasure trove full of delight and near-amazement. The imagery is bold and ravishing. Alice in Wonderland is surreal and smashing.
Tony Macklin - tonymacklin.net
Carroll's whimsical fantasy is transformed... into a bombastic action movie with traces of J.R.R. Tolkien.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
There is mold all over this "Alice," and while some of it features the brightest of greens, a lot of it is predictably grim, but not in the way that Burton fans have come to savor.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
First-rate fantasy....made even better with digital 3D technology. Tim Burton can be hit or miss. This one's a hit. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Paul Chambers - CNNRadio
The fact remains -- Alice doesn't live here anymore.
Margot Harrison - Seven Days
It's something like a post-modern tale of self-discovery, although it works better as a nutty fantasy than as anything with a point.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Pese al flojo argumento, visualmente el filme es una fiesta, rescatando el oscuro estilo Burtoniano pero asaltado ahora por la rebeldia del color en una direccion de arte realmente preciosista. En este contexto, la realizacion brillantemente hace justicia
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
(Burton)is the perfect person to put in charge of translating the magical world that Carroll created to the big screen.
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Alice, a wonder to behold, but cold.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
- Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Tim Burton's latest assault on the senses is partially redeemed by Johnny Depp's brilliant acting.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
...enormously entertaining...Depp gives a performance that must be seen to be appreciated. He shows here that he is something special.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
I didn't find it to be the masterpiece I'd hoped for. It's good. It's very good -- and there are flashes of greatness within it.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Great visuals, but lacking in story.
Diana Saenger - ReviewExpress.com
If there was one adjective I could pick to describe this new adaptation, it would be "dispirited"
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
This creation is nice to look at but lacks energy, curiosity, or any kind of emotional draw.
Danny Minton - Fort Bend Sun
This isn't so much a movie but the coffeetable book about the movie's production design...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
21st Century Alice matures and enters The Matrix!
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
The visual splendor is more than enough to feast your eyes on, so it's too bad that the dialogue in the film couldn't live up to its look.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
Alice in Wonderland reminds me most of Sleepy Hollow: empty, faux-atmospheric, and without soul.
Gabe Leibowitz - Film and Felt
I appreciate Burton's love for the characters as he expresses it through such creative wizardry. But, then, I also have a wistful feeling over the lightness of its total affect. A delicious snack but not quite a full meal.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
The movie feels wrong. I liked the individual pieces but it never works as a whole. It's too much like Burton's other work and the 3D was awful.
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
Alice in Wonderland is a lovely display of Tim Burton's amazing offbeat aesthetics which win me over every time, but sadly doesn't make for very much of a film.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
With its busy world teeming with sights but somehow as hollow at its core as say, a rabbit hole, the movie is a little like a splendid feast for the eyes, and not intended for devouring. Or rather, a tantalizing travelogue a little heavy on tunnel vision.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
The off-kiltered Tim Burton version of Alice in Wonderland might frightened younger children, confuse older ones and bore the adults.
Kit Bowen - The Movie Kit
These aren't actors working in front of blue screens with obvious effects dubbed in later. You really are in Wonderland. Real life and CGI are seamless.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
Visually, which is where this 'Alice' really radiates, there are many riches. Ken Ralston's visual effects are stunning and surreal; Colleen Atwood's costumes are dazzling; and Dariusz Wolski's photography is spot on.
Steve Crum - Video-Reviewmaster.com
Hooray! Tim Burton's amazingly bizarre 'Alice in Wonderland' helped snap me out of my 2010 movie doldrums.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Lower your expectations, because Tim Burton has created a great canvas, just not a great film.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
...a feast for the mind, if not necessarily the intellect
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
This Alice is more Ripley, or Lara Croft, than timeless story heroine.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
If you're taking pulls from the Blue Caterpillar's hookah atop his magic mushroom, you care more about Hot Pockets than narrative integrity.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
There is very little to praise in what amounts to Burton's most mercenary movie.
John DeVore - Premiere Magazine
Such a delightfully giddy, silly, delirious movie. Tim Burton isn't being "Tim Burton" but is just having fun again, scrambling up the expected pieces
Steven Snyder - Techland
This magical world looks fantastic, especially in 3D.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
It highlights Burton's usual strengths, along with no small number of his weaknesses.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
Disney family fun with the odd carefully calculated dark patch. Fine on its own terms, but a let-down given the talent involved. Disappointinger and disappointinger.
The visuals are stunning, as you would expect, but characterisation is weak, and Depp's turn is one bout of lunacy too far.
Catherine Jones - Liverpool Echo
Whatever your personal feelings are about Tim Burton and his body of work, the man is a genius.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
I can't rid myself of the feeling that for all the funkily crepuscular mood that Burton creates, this is a pretty conventional work.
Alice... even when made needlessly dark for this adaptation, is fuelled by one of the most outlandish imagination in Victorian fiction and it's terrific to see this rendered by the latest technology on the highest resolution.
- Electric Sheep
This is easily Burton's finest work, and while he takes some liberties with Lewis Carroll's classic, there are plenty of traditional "Alice" traits to satisfy everyone.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Rated PG, according to the MPAA, for fantasy violence and 'a smoking caterpillar.' The Jefferson Airplane would be proud; Lewis Carroll devotees, however, may be less than enthusiastic...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
A generic, joyless adventure story.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
He [director Tim Burton] beat the odds and made this Alice a real wonder.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
Impressive eye-candy, elaborate and gorgeously detailed in wall-to-wall CGI (the 3-D seems rather half-hearted though; this is one that won't suffer much in regular old 2-D).
Matt Soergel - Florida Times-Union
You would think that a director like Burton would be at home in the Lewis Carroll universe, and maybe that is part of the problem.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
Every bit of havoc and nonesuch is put in service of the story of Alice's feminist awakening, and it's about as exciting as it sounds.
Michelle Orange - Movieline
The episodic nature of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland doesn't really lend itself to traditional three-act plotting, but screenwriter Linda Woolverton puts Alice through her Joseph Campbell reluctant-hero paces, and none of it ever sparks.
Alonso Duralde - Queer Sighted
It's become a common argument against Burton, this lack of dramatic drive, but it's true in this instance.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
If it could be bottled up, the label would read "watch me."
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
The beguiling Wasikowska tethers the arcane anarchy with weight and emotional clarity, anchoring us as moviegoers to Alice's plight in both universes, up and under.
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
A sumptuous, bar-raising cinematic portmanteau that both honors and complements the source material.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
It's very cool to look at, Depp is entertaining, Helena Bonham Carter is memorably crazy, and the too-conventional you-go-girl plotline is just an add-on to the visual cake.
Dave White - Movies.com
The film is like eating an amazing peanut butter and jelly sandwich except that Tim Burton forgot to cut off the crust. The beginning and the end could have been cut out.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
Despite its flaws, Wonderland is stuffed with more minute to minute amusement than you're likely to get in anything else drifting through theaters, in or out of the third dimension.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
On paper, Tim Burton and Johnny Depp loose among the Wonderland weirdoes, in 3-D no less, sounded sensational. But it's a rather bland, forgettable flick.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
A stream of consciousness collection of magical encounters and whimsical characters.
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
- National Post
Burton's turned Alice in Wonderland into a silver screen suicide note, once again mistaking an extended stay in hostility as a directorial statement of integrity.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
The picture is oddly flat -- a disjointed pageant of virtuoso effects. It's a triumph of design that falls short of wonderment.
Kurt Loder - MTV
The wavering tone is as uncertain as Alice's decision-making, while the added-on 3-D is a distraction and as unconvincing as the entire misconceived venture.
Alan Jones - Radio Times
Visually stunning and sporadically amusing, but lacks thrills, heart and cleverness. It's ultimately too scary for little kids and too unimaginative, pedestrian and bland for grown-ups.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
Tim Burton seems to have completely misinterpreted his source material, but that's hardly a surprise at this point. It's more like his trademark.
Scott Von Doviak - Nerve.com
Despite its sluggish start, "Alice" is an enchanting, witty and funny adventure filled with marvelous sights and set pieces.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
What's shocking about Alice in Wonderland is just how woefully conventional it all is.
Chris Barsanti - PopMatters
All new 3-D Alice story is trippy and intense.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
Is Alice In Wonderland worth seeing? Yes, because it's a feast for the eyes. But the story needed to be more imaginative and involving for this to become a massive hit, and it's far from obvious whether it's aimed at children or adults.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
The movie's strengths are the costumes, the makeup, the production design, the special effects, the vocal work and a terrific musical score by Danny Elfman that has a quality of magic and wonderment missing from the screenplay.
Keith Cohen - Entertainment Spectrum
You leave the theater with a pleasant grin on your face, but by no means is it as wide as the Cheshire Cat's, and that's a shame.
Randy Myers - Contra Costa Times
Burton doesn't just hit the bottom of the barrel but drills through the wood and starts tunnelling. Its only saving grace are the arresting, if familiar, visuals.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
The images rival anything Burton has created for 'Big Fish' and 'Edward Scissorhands,' but the storytelling isn't quite as engagingly odd.
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
No knockouts here. No tkos, either.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
It's nowhere near his best work but a superb voice cast, Helena Bonham Carter and a few moments of brilliance see it through.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
No background whatsoever is given, from initial intentions to their invariably sympathetic turns, to understand the motivation driving most of the character arcs...
Rubin Safaya - Cinemalogue.com
Purists will be perplexed and the average moviegoer ultimately disinterested by director Tim Burton's pedestrian spin of Lewis Carroll's 1865 classic.
Kent Turner - School Library Journal
It is time for Tim Burton to get his nose out of his own sketchbook.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Curiouser and curiouser," says Alice in Tim Burton's latest, and for the first time I don't believe her.
Amy Nicholson - I.E. Weekly
It jumbles together a half-dozen or so other overproduced fantasies and wraps them up with typical, tiresome Disney bromides and just enough snippets from the originals to remind you of what you're missing.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
You cannot believe the dreadfulness of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland - gifted director takes on gaga script - until you see it. Enchantment has gone thataway.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Alice is a really good time, as well as a great example of how 3-D can be effectively used as a tool to immerse us in imaginary worlds.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Tim Burton's muddled take on the classic Lewis Carroll tale has moments of lucidity but mostly seems as confused as its titular heroine.
Ethan Alter - Film Journal International
Randy Myers - San Jose Mercury News
a new story out of Carroll's mythmaking that fails to inspire interest, perhaps except as a rote exercise in mainstream weirdness.
Todd Gilchrist - H Magazine
Burton brings his distinctive touch and Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter do their stuff but a hodgepodge of Hollywood conventionality lessens the wonder.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Depp and Burton's take on the Wonderland franchise is frivolous and feckless, a charming little pleasure to welcome the warmer weather.
David Foucher - EDGE Boston
...the visuals are overwhelming, the direction to most of the cast seems to be to chew the scenery, and we're back to a movie being released in 3D for no discernible reason.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
There are certain cine-marriages that generate an indelible spark all their own. Tracy & Hepburn, Bogie & Bacall -- and now we get Tim Burton & 3D, creating the world we hoped for, and so much more.
Kimberly Gadette - Indie Movies Online
Burton, once a master of CGI, has gradually become its servant, or at least has allowed the studio to. The madcap ringmaster of Gothic phantasmagoria does not exert his individual stamp on a book one might have thought he was born to film.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
Gorgeously mounted but fundamentally humdrum, Tim Burton's movie achieves sumptuous beauty with ease but fails to connect on a full-bodied emotional level, making for a pleasant but somewhat empty ride.
Brent Simon - Screen International
The trippy tale may divide audiences -- Burton's version remains a children's story, though some may find it too over-the-top and idiosyncratic -- but to Us, it's a visual feast
Thelma Adams - Us Weekly
CGI has not been good to Tim Burton. The ability to see every unrestrained nuance of his vision fulfilled has robbed his films of the creative zest and inventive verve which marked his earlier classics.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
Rather than a Wonderland full of terrifying adventures and deliciously absurd whimsy, Burton has created the Underland, a place of terrifyingly, yet lugubrious, bad filmmaking. He dispensed with the whimsy altogether.
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
a decent movie, but not the amazing, mindblowing, set the world on fire, change your life and curl your toes film people expect and want.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Burton's Alice In Wonderland joins the ranks of Return To Oz and Hook in confirming that it's rarely a good idea to return to the scene of a classic novel unless you have something new and exciting to bring.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
A visually stimulating rendition that nevertheless comes off as lamentably timid.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
This Alice is a dud. If you want to experience a strange, unworldly story%u2014something like Tim Burton films used to provide%u2014stay home and read the book.
Frederica Mathewes-Green - Christianity Today
The film, overall, seems familiar, and one didn't used to feel that about Burton, which probably means he needs to dig deeper next time in search of true oddity.
Andrew O'Hagan - This is London
Visually splendiferous but wrongheaded, the movie is far more Burton than Carroll--and not very good Burton at that--and far less than enchanting.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Much of Carroll's magical nonsense remains, even if Burton's film wobbles at the gates of anarchy and ends up being a more average affair than many might expect.
Dave Calhoun - Time Out
After the first 45 minutes, the film becomes as tedious as Johnny Depp's accent.
Visually fascinating yet perturbing and scary, it's not a very young children's movie, despite the PG rating.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Repetitive, lacking narrative momentum
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
A disappointment that's still worth seeing, Alice in Wonderland lands near the higher end of Burton's lesser work.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
Burton treats his material with abandon, but not contempt, and he has brought his Mad Hatter's imagination to a new generation who have not yet read the books.
Kate Muir - Times [UK]
This Wonderland is just listless, bland and derivative -- a mere technical undertaking from a disinterested filmmaker.
Jim Vejvoda - IGN Movies
Sadly Lewis lite and not without flaws but this is as Burtonesque as one could wish for, a real treat for fans of his twisted imagination and great British character actors.
Angie Errigo - Empire Magazine
Faithful to Lewis Carroll's vision or not, I liked the ride Tim Burton took me on here.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Parental Content Review
Jim Judy - Screen It!
The film is always fun, but as Carroll might have observed, it's not much of a muchness.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
A regretful dud, a fantasy without magic and very little heart and soul.
Gone: the liquid reality of dreams and a sense that anything can happen. In its place: another story of quests, destinies, and chosen ones.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
Did Burton get bored in Wonderland? The end result is a movie that is decently enjoyable escapism, but entirely forgettable in the long run.
Jeff Otto - cinemaobsession.com
What a letdown.
David Gritten - Daily Telegraph
Aggrieved feminist didacticism … What I don't think my daughters need is yet another case of Squelched Girl Syndrome, a la Monsters vs. Aliens.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
The most wondrous thing about director Tim Burton's take on the Lewis Carroll classic is how lacking in wonder it all is.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Less a sequel to the original book than a sequel to the Disney animated version of the book, this movie is a wonder to look at, but a chore to sit through.
Luke Y. Thompson - Geekweek
Considering what a to-do this massively budgeted entertainment is, that doesn't add up to much. "Curiouser and curiouser," indeed.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
Burton and his team have put style over substance here, resulting in an uneven and frustrating experience.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
A stiff movie ... finds a way to make a lot of really weird stuff surprisingly boring.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
Clearly Burton's visual aplomb and ease with special effects mesh with Carroll's imagination.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Here's a riddle: What's Alice in Wonderland without wonder? It's a beloved character landing in the rubble of wrong-headed revisionism.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
this parable of how Alice must find the balls to chart her own path through the patriarchy of her Victorian wood to become a real, bona fide, 1960s-era bra-burner.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Did no one bother to mention to Burton that Lewis Carroll's 1865 story was not a Lord of the Rings primer but, in fact, a comedy?
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Curiouser and curiouser -- how does a film based on such fantastical source material end up, well, not so Wonder-ful?
Matt Stevens - E! Online
It's extraordinarily beautiful, extraordinarily bizarre, and - although purists will pooh-pooh the new storyline - absolutely entertaining.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
A sharply detailed, wondrously three-dimensional fantasy in which its maker intuitively grasps so much of what's good about the tale while simultaneously blind to what makes it great.
Justin Strout - Orlando Weekly
It's more of a blunder than a wonder.
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
Wonderful visuals, bravura performances and crazy conceits mostly pave over some potted characterisation.
Anton Bitel - Little White Lies
An exotic adventure tale about a young woman's trip to an alternate reality and the testing of her will power, resourcefulness, and courage in the face of weirdness and danger.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Alice in Wonderland isn't quite the natural fit of director and material that it seemed to be on paper, but most of Burton's recent movies have been far more disappointing.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
While Burton's production is often sumptuous to look at, it is surprising how boring stretches of the film can be.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Alice in Wonderland is something of a mixed bag -- it's worth seeing for the effects and performances but it's badly let down by a very disappointing script.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
A, my name is Alice, and my movie is amazing.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
An entirely suitable marriage of material and filmmaker.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Though it has a few moments where you can see Burton's imagination giving way to Disney convention, along with a bit of trademark Burton darkness, the pleasures of Alice are virtually always unexpected.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
It's best to keep your expectations reasonable, so you can enjoy the highlights.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
His 3-D "Alice in Wonderland" is delightfully Burton-esque to be sure, brimming with the surreal and whimsical-macabre visual style we associate with the creator of "Beetlejuice" "Edward Scissorhands" and "Corpse Bride"...
James Verniere - Boston Herald
The sweetly surreal feeling of those original books has been lost. What always felt like an English garden party gone slightly off has been replaced by the grotesque and the Gothic and the overdone.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
In many respects, this is the most crowd-pleasing Burton film in many years.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
It's as though the script meeting was held at the Mad Hatter's tea party, with all the ideas put in teacups and thrown against the wall - all of them seem to have stuck but in no particular order.
Amber Wilkinson - Eye for Film
Kids will drool at Burton's spectacle - grown-ups too - but they might also find this isn't the nostalgia trip they hoped for. Where's the bottle marked 'Feel Me'?
Stella Papamichael - Digital Spy
A wildly inventive film straitjacketed in conventional narrative form.
Geoffrey Macnab - Independent
Although the simplistic plot has been done before and smacks of Narnia and Lord Of The Rings, Burton's Alice In Wonderland is family fantasy/adventure at its Gothic best.
- Daily Express
The visual inventiveness in this film is so impressive that it almost makes up for the ill-conceived script, which tries to turn Lewis Carroll's classic tales into a Lord of the Rings-sized post-apocalyptic adventure epic.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
The most curious thing about this magical realist fable is how charmless and ultimately forgettable it turns out to be in the hands of Tim Burton.
A bore and an affront to anyone who is even familiar with the concept of Lewis Carroll and his books.
Devin Faraci - CHUD
Much of Underland is almost as gorgeous as Pandora, but what makes Alice in Wonderland work [are] the terrific comic performances.
Andy Klein - Brand X
Amid the visual pleasures, the plot additions feel limiting.
Philippa Hawker - The Age (Australia)
Tweedlee and Tweedledum could have come up with a more compelling pseudo-sequel concept and crafted a more cohesive narrative.
Phil Villarreal - OK! Magazine
Like Alice, Tim Burton uses his trip down the rabbit hole to reassert his "muchness". There is much to look at, as a result, but not much about which to wonder.
Joanna Langfield - The Movie Minute
Burton's film feels no different than the formulaic The Golden Compass or The Chronicles of Narnia:The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Armond White - New York Press
Curiouser and curiouser -- but then, mixing fantasy and free enterprise has always been the Disney way.
Jake Wilson - The Age (Australia)
The challenge of reinventing Alice in Wonderland sees Tim Burton reinvigorated and refreshed. Visually stunning and filled with a delightfully deranged group of inhabitants, Burton's immensely enjoyable Wonderland is well worth a visit.
David Michael Brown - Empire Magazine Australasia
Alice In Wonderland is most certainly a lot of fun, with flashes of comic spark and occasionally interesting visuals, but considering the array of talent on hand, this tea party has been seasoned with a little too much sugar, and not enough spice.
Erin Free - FILMINK (Australia)
Wasikowska is a standout in the title role. And, as to be expected, Depp thrives as the Mad Hatter.
Colin Newton - Sunday Mail (Australia)
It's a shame Burton gets his Lewis Carroll mixed up with his Tolkien and CS Lewis. Still, the film's 3D visuals are fun to look at.
Nick Dent - Time Out Sydney
An explosion in the crazy factory, the giddy Alice in Wonderland more than justifies its hype.
Rebecca Lake - V Music
Alice in Wonderland is a well-paced, beautifully crafted visual spectacle that makes good use of 3D for a cracking cinematic experience.
Alice Tynan - Concrete Playground
...it is The Red Queen, played by Bonham Carter that shines the brightest. Her childlike villain is brilliantly played in all its giant head glory
JimmyO - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
There's a lot to look at in Burton's Alice in Wonderland, but nothing that's worth remembering.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
Tim Burton's version of Alice in Wonderland is a succession of fantastically gothic pranks--noisy, exhausting, and under-realized, but also frequently dazzling and frightening.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
It's difficult to imagine another modern filmmaker doing this degree of justice to this well-worn but deserving children's tale. Tim Burton has created a classic for generations to come.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
A bona fide, bums-in-the-air fiasco that needs to be burned and the ashes hurtled off in the direction of the nearest black hole as soon as you can, NASA.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
Suffering from a severe deficiency of wonder, this Alice is by turns loud, lifeless and lacklustre, and so what should have been the perfect marriage of moviemaker and material instead does justice to neither.
Chris Tilly - IGN Movies UK
Lord of the Rings and every woman-warrior myth you've ever heard of, with a Lewis Carroll overlay...His worst since Planet of the Apes or Batman Returns.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
A really interesting movie.
A.O. Scott - At the Movies
You're not going to lose yourself in the story or the characters but visually Alice in Wonderland is a series of moving artworks that are a joy to gaze upon despite lacking any depth, even in 3D.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
Burton, bless him, knows you can't CG a soul.
Tim Burton tosses $150 million down the rabbit hole with this gorgeously rendered -- but utterly disposable -- CGI epic.
Thomas Leupp - Hollywood.com
The colours are dynamic, Danny Elfman's score is larger than life and Johnny Depp is magical
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
The mastery of Burton is the way he marries all the elements
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
... wrong-headed in pretty much every way it can be, poorly designed, loud, and worst of all, boring. It is a catastrophe as a movie, and as a place marker in the career of Tim Burton, it is a big fat dead end.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
Director Tim Burton returns to his 'A' game with this magnificent, visually stunning movie that is not only one of his best, it is indeed a wonder.
Pete Hammond - Boxoffice Magazine
The closest you'll get to absolute madness without being locked in a room with padded walls...a wondrous piece of escapism.
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
Alice in Wonderland is simply, um, wonderful . . .
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
Tim Burton's sensibility as imagist-fabulist fits the text, and though there's much to admire visually, the film unfolds as a series of set-pieces, lacking heart, dramatic continuity, involvement, and gravity.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Alice in Wonderland is a lovingly filmed and meticulously crafted interpretation of Lewis Carroll's treasured tale, rife with fantasy, coated in gothic iconography and presented by a superb cast who nail their characters' portraits.
Patrick Kolan - IGN Movies AU