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Alice in Wonderland

Adventure . Fantasy . Family

Alice, an unpretentious and individual 19-year-old, is betrothed to a dunce of an English nobleman. At her engagement party, she escapes the crowd to consider whether to go through with the marriage and falls down a hole in the garden after spotting an unusual rabbit. Arriving in a strange and surreal place called 'Underland,' she finds herself in a world that resembles the nightmares she had as a child, filled with talking animals, villainous queens and knights, and frumious bandersnatches. Alice realizes that she is there for a reason--to conquer the horrific Jabberwocky and restore the rightful queen to her throne.

Actors: Frances de la Tour , Tim Pigott-Smith , Lindsay Duncan , Matt Lucas , Marton Csokas , Mia Wasikowska , Crispin Glover , Helena Bonham Carter , Anne Hathaway , Johnny Depp
Directors: Tim Burton
Country: USA
Release: 2010-03-05
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  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    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.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Pete Hammond

    Tim Burton, plus Alice, plus 3D equals an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind movie experience. It will clean up.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

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

    USA Today Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    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.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    If you can get past the craven concessions to formula, though, it’s rather underful--I mean, wonderful. Taking his cues from John Tenniel’s famous illustrations, Burton indulges his delight in disproportion.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

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

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The movie won't be for everyone -- it's a little rough for preteens, and it doesn't throw many laughs the audience's way -- but along with "Sweeney Todd," this is Burton's most interesting project in a decade

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    If there were truth-in-titling, Burton's movie rightly would be called "Alice in Narnia: With Stops at Disneyland, the Shire, Rohan, Naboo, and Oz."

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Burton finely balances excess and restraint to create an absorbing, visually rich world of his very own.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The movie carries a mild PG rating but may be too intense for younger children.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    This is still her (Wasikowska’s) picture. She’s its 10-foot tower, mysterious and brave and excited and withdrawn. Alice is the true magic in a Wonderland that’s mere movie magic – the happy surprise amidst everything we’ve come to expect.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Wonderland is equal parts Lewis Carroll and Grace Slick. It’s inspired by Carroll’s "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass," but also, apparently, by Slick’s psychedelic ‘60s anthem, “White Rabbit.” It’s a trip, man.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Burton's most imaginative film in some time.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    A strangely passive film, dutifully ladling out its bits of filmic wizardry and expanding Lewis Carroll’s fantastical mythos in a promising new direction without any palpable sense of glee or verve.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Still, 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.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Alice in Wonderland is curiously devoid of metaphors and allegories about a young woman on the cusp of adulthood, about to be engaged by arrangement to a loathsome toad of a man she can barely stomach. The lack of psychological subtext is hugely disappointing.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Depp's nonsense-spouting Mad Hatter, decked out in a red fright wig and possibly more makeup than Michael Jackson, is an unlikely resistance leader.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    The film is always fun, but as Carroll might have observed, it’s not much of a muchness.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    It tends to get lost in its own delirium, which will enchant some and drive others bonkers.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Angie Errigo

    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.

    Empire Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    The best adaptations have found ways to put a personal stamp on the familiar stories. Others have simply reproduced an Alice facsimile in the image of their own era. Surprisingly, Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland belongs to the latter camp. That doesn’t necessarily make it a bad movie, just another frustratingly impersonal one from a director who once had trouble compacting his personality down to movie size.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    The movie is a decidedly mixed bag, in part, because of the equally pronounced disparities between Burton and Carroll – and between Burton and Disney, for that matter.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Where Burton and his screenwriter, Linda Woolverton, go astray is turning this new 3-D version - a sequel, really, about a grown Alice returning to the psychic dreamworld of her childhood - into a fantasy adventure that looks like every other CGI epic out there.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Here's a riddle: What's Alice in Wonderland without wonder? It's a beloved character landing in the rubble of wrong-headed revisionism.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    In the film's rather humdrum 3-D, the place doesn't dazzle — it droops.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    In the end, Alice in Wonderland comes off as manufactured instead of dreamy. Burton delivers all the wonder money can buy; what's missing is the wonder it can't. Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    For all its clever design, beguiling creatures and witty actors, the picture feels far more conventional than it should; it's a Disney film illustrated by Burton, rather than a Burton film that happens to be released by Disney.

    Variety Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    As usual with Burton, the visuals are much better than the story, and Carroll’s characters are richly realized--especially Tweedledum and Tweedledee, poster children for juvenile obesity, and the raving Red Queen, played with razor-sharp timing by Helena Bonham Carter.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    Unlike Carroll’s perversely idealized protagonist, Burton’s Alice is just another anachronistic feminist tearing down Victorian patriarchal norms. Even her—[shudder]—Avril Lavigne–blared theme song is a skin-deep grrrl-power accessory.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    The first act is very nearly unbearable, leaden and doomy and generically plotted.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • J. Hoberman

    Like more than one recent movie, Alice seems a trailer for a Wonderland computer game--and it is. The final battle is clearly designed for gaming. So, it would seem, is the character of actualized as well as action Alice.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    It has its successful moments but it's surprisingly inert overall, more like a Burton derivative than something he actually did himself.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Busy, garish and periodically amusing.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    The most surprising thing about Alice in Wonderland is its general lack of surprise.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    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?

    Slate Full Review
  • Amy Biancolli

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

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • John DeVore

    A charmless, vandalized version of a classic.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Christopher Rosen

    It might be time for Johnny Depp and Tim Burton to start thinking about seeing other people. Alice in Wonderland, their seventh film together, is so thoroughly soul-deadening and laborious that the prospect of an eighth collaboration feels like the sword of Damocles.

    New York Observer Full Review
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