The infamous movie critic site, RottenTomatoes, have a combined Alice in Wonderland ratings of 54%! The consensus? Critics believe Tim Burton’s Alice sacrifices the book’s minimal narrative coherence — and much of its heart — but it’s an undeniable visual treat. Despite the not so favorable feedback, the movie managed to set a new record for March openings in North America as it earned around $41 million just on opening day.
Here are some reviews from different sites:
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. – from Screen International
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. – Entertainment Spectrum
…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. – New England Movies Weekly
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. – Aisle Seat
Then again, critics criticize because that’s their job. The best way to find out if these Alice in Wonderland ratings are true is to see it for yourself.