“"Solid Film With No Real Flaws, But Not Exceedingly Entertaining."”
If you are not too particular about the images of Carroll and Tenniel, if you are high on Disney whimsey and if you'll take a somewhat slow, uneven pace, you should find this picture entertaining.
Bosley Crowther - New York Times
What's really disappointing is the undistinguished animation: the film looks and plays more like the Disney shorts than the Disney features.
Dave Kehr - Chicago Reader
Walt Disney has gone a long way towards tightening the leisurely, haphazard adventure of Alice in the wonderland of her imagination.
Variety Staff - Variety
...a watchable yet thoroughly forgettable piece of work...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Despite nice elements in this Oscar-nominated Disney feature, the movie was at the time a commercial flop, but deserves to be seen.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
I'm not sure there's anyone alive that believes the 1951 film lives up to Lewis Carroll's deathless 1865 novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, but the animated feature remains a perfectly decent slice of kid-friendly surrealism...[Blu-ray]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
plays as a series of colorful, but uneven setpieces that lack an interesting or emotionally engaging heroine to tie them together
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Charm and relative simplicity play like a time capsule of animated movies past, which remind us of the Disney products that captivated our grandparents.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Surreal Disney classic with wild-card characters.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
An emotionally chilly exercise... At the same time it is gorgeous indeed, one of the most singular movies in the Disney canon visually.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
The film is dazzling in its use of color and odd shapes and is enhanced by the distinctive voices of Ed Wynn as the Mad Hatter, Sterling Holloway as the Cheshire Cat, Jerry Colonna as the March Hare, and Verna Felton as the Queen of Hearts.
- TV Guide's Movie Guide
Fifty years on the movie is clearly due a reappraisal. It's colourful, fun and as surreal as Disney is ever likely to get, this isn't as good as the books, but works as a cute introduction to them.
Jo Berry - Empire Magazine
An enjoyable if rather pallid rendering of Carroll's classic tale.
Jon Fortgang - Film4
Disney's animated musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic is enjoyable and contains a few twisted touches and slanted visuals.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Lovely animation and trippy story ruined by never-ending, excruciating songs.
Staci Layne Wilson - StaciWilson.com
Even as straightforward eye candy, the film is a near miss
Bill Chambers - Film Freak Central
Disney was and is a studio with an impenetrably inflated sense of quality control.
Eric Henderson - Slant Magazine
a whirlwind ride... Disney's trippiest film
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
...talented actors lend the film its greatest energy, and without them I might have fallen asleep rather than just feeling a bit listless.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Josh Gilchrist - Billings Outpost (Montana)
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
It might not come close to a 5-star Disney Classic, but the breezy animation and colorful characters salvage an annoyingly fractured narrative.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com