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Rated PG · 109 minutes · 2010

Adventure, Fantasy
Tim Burton messes up with his latest film, a confused adaptation (or “extension”) of Alice in Wonderland. It plays like a sequel to the infamous story, and sadly, the film has more in common with Steven Spielberg’s lousy Peter Pan sequel, Hook, than Burton’s best films. That’s not to say Alice is completely lousy. There are some pleasures to be had, especially if you catch a 3-D screening. Johnny Depp’s bright-orange Mad Hatter eyebrows look like they will end up tickling your nose. But as for a coherent story, one never jumps off the screen, even with the funny glasses. The film features a 19-year-old Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returning to Underland after falling through a rabbit hole during her engagement party. Wasikowska looks sleepy, and Depp overdoes it. This is destined to be one of the year’s bigger disappointments.


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Tim Burton is heavy on visuals but light on story with 'Alice in Wonderland' »

Official Site: disney.go.com/disneypictures/aliceinwonderland
Director: Tim Burton
Producer: Richard Zanuck, Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd, Jennifer Todd, Chris Lebenzon and Peter Tobyansen
Cast: Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Crispin Glover, Matt Lucas, Michael Sheen, Stephen Fry, Alan Rickman, Barbara Windsor, Paul Whitehouse, Timothy Spall, Marton Csokas, Tim Pigott-Smith, Lindsay Duncan, Geraldine James, Leo Bill, Jemma Powell and Christopher Lee

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Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week Alice in Wonderland, Brooklyn's Finest, Creation and more. 03/04/2010
Colorado Springs Independent No wonder "It seems that Tim Burton has turned Alice in Wonderland into a story about a 3D gay clown." by Jonathan Kiefer 03/04/2010
Boise Weekly First Quarter Film Stinkers A closer look at the numbers indicates that neither history nor logic can justify a box office model that packs 25 percent of its calendar with high-priced trash by George Prentice 03/23/2011
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Indy Week Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland has flair to burn, but its heroine is a cipher Alice is a phantasmagorical fever dream that is both absorbing and banal, a looking glass that reflects Narnia, Middle-earth and assorted other child-escapist imaginaria in addition to its source text. by Neil Morris 03/04/2010
The Coast Halifax Alice in Wonderland a disappointing trip down the rabbit hole Tim Burton's latest is visually stunning, but missing emotional weight. by Mark Palermo 03/11/2010
Memphis Flyer Alice Doesn't Live There Anymore Director Tim Burton forges a sequel to a kid-lit classic. by Hannah Sayle 03/05/2010
Portland Mercury Lost Down The Rabbit Hole Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland looks good, but lacks greatness. by Marjorie Skinner 03/04/2010
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