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Corpse Bride

7/10
Musical . Music . Animation . Fantasy . Romance
 

Set in a 19th-century european village, this stop-motion animation feature follows the story of Victor, a young man whisked away to the underworld and wed to a mysterious corpse bride, while his real bride Victoria waits bereft in the land of the living.

 
Actors: Joanna Lumley , Paul Whitehouse , Richard E. Grant , Albert Finney , Danny Elfman , Christopher Lee , Tracey Ullman , Emily Watson , Helena Bonham Carter , Johnny Depp
Directors: Tim Burton , Mike Johnson
Country: USA , UK
Release: 2005-09-23
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  • Kirk Honeycutt

    A wondrous flight of fancy, a stop-motion-animated treat brimming with imaginative characters, evocative sets, sly humor, inspired songs and a genuine whimsy that seldom finds its way into today's movies.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    But the real marvel is that beneath the ghoulish in-jokes and horror-geek allusions, there's a core of the same bittersweet truth that makes the best fairy tales resonate from one generation to the next.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    A lush, modern valentine to old-fashioned sentiment, and to old-fashioned moviemaking, too.

    Salon.com Full Review
  • William Arnold

    One more good thing is that the movie doesn't overstay its welcome. At 76-minutes, it's wisely calculated to give us as much of its ghoulish whimsy as we can take in one sitting, and not a second more.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    Like all Burton's best work, it takes place in a distorted, vividly colored, meticulously crafted world where whimsy and gleeful ghoulishness mix freely.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Michael Atkinson

    Corpse Bride never skimps on the sass (as a good folktale shouldn't). And the variety of its cadaverous style is never less than inspired; never has the human skull's natural grin been redeployed so exhaustively for yuks.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Bill Gallo

    Not just great fun but high art.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    The movie is so Burtonesque that it verges on self-parody--but it's fun and stunningly beautiful anyway.

    Slate Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    An endearingly schizoid Frankenstein of a movie, by turns relentlessly high-spirited and darkly poignant.

    Variety Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    It's warped and wonderfully effervescent. Ditto the songs by Danny Elfman, who sings the role of Bonejangles, the frontman for a skeleton jazz band at a swinging underworld club. Best of all is the love story.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Robert K. Elder

    If "Nightmare" was a jazzy pop number, "Bride" is a waltz--an elegant, deadly funny bit of macabre matrimony.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    The story itself is a smooth little gem.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    An instant classic.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Easily the best stop-motion animated necrophiliac musical romantic comedy of all time. It is also just simply, wonderful: a morbid, merry tale of true love that dazzles the eyes and delights the soul.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Features the season's most tragic heroine along with some of the liveliest dead people ever seen on film.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    Burton, who directed the film with animator Mike Johnson, has rarely been in brisker, friskier form.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Ghoulishness and innocence walk hand-in-hand in Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, a movie that digs into Hollywood's past to resurrect the antique art of stop-motion animation and create a fabulous bauble of a movie.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    Will be hailed for its macabre imagination and inventive farce. But it also elegantly renders an archetypal teenage tale.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Corpse Bride had me at the maggot.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    Such a treat for the eyes, ears and funny bone that you feel cheated that it clocks in at less than an hour-and-a-quarter.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Pete Vonder Haar

    A visual triumph, and also a work of surprising warmth. No small accomplishment for a bunch of cadavers.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Staff (Not credited)

    A precious thing, if likely to please refined aesthetes and odd children rather than win over Pixar-sized crowds.

    Empire Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    There is something heartening about Mr. Burton's love for bones and rot here, if only because it suggests, despite some recent evidence, that he is not yet ready to abandon his own dark kingdom.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    This may be light family entertainment, but it's also a pleasingly perverse celebration of Victorian morbidity.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    The dead have more fun than the living, again, in Tim Burton’s new stop-motion animated feature, a gift to gothlings everywhere and as exquisitely crafted as one of Federico’s post-mortem still lifes on "Six Feet Under," and just as melodramatically melancholic.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Not the macabre horror story the title suggests, but a sweet and visually lovely tale of love lost.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Ruthe Stein

    Deliriously original.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    As animated films go, this is easily the best of a weak year.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Ryan Devlin

    The Poe-esque story, the wonderfully twisted physical geometry of the characters, and the director’s signature sense of humor, combine to make Corpse Bride a fun movie, and one that breathes life not only into stop motion, but into animation as a whole.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    As an achievement in macabre visual wizardry, Tim Burton's Corpse Bride has to be reckoned some sort of marvel.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Teresa Wiltz

    For all its charm, we can't quite figure out for whom the film is intended: Talking maggots and decaying bodies do not a kiddie movie make.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Populated by all kinds of grinning skeletons and decomposing zombies, but in Burton's universe, they aren't the slightest bit threatening. It's the drab, flesh-and-blood living you have to worry about.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Mark Olsen

    There is much clattering and clanking plus a couple of songs; some of the gothic-inspired, neo-Victorian visuals are quite arresting; and the corpse bride herself is, dare one say, surprisingly hot. But the whole thing just isn’t much fun.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Corpse Bride has more warmth and appeal than its title would indicate, but it is finally more grotesque than good-humored. And, even at 75 minutes, it feels longer than its content can comfortably support.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    This stop-action animated feature is downright sweet and tender, as well as all the other things we've come to expect from him -- funny, bizarre, graphically stunning and blithely necrophilic.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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  • 1. Remains of the Day Performer: Danny Elfman, Jane Horrocks, Paul Baker, Alison Jiear, and Gary Martin Stream Music Online
  • 2. Tears to Shed Performer: Helena Bonham Carter, Jane Horrocks, and Enn Reitel Stream Music Online
  • 4. The Wedding Song Performer: Danny Elfman, Jane Horrocks, Paul Baker, Alison Jiear, and Gary Martin Stream Music Online
  • 7. According to Plan Performer: Albert Finney, Joanna Lumley, Tracey Ullman, and Paul Whitehouse Stream Music Online