Top 5000
Down 149 this week

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 243,205 users   Metascore: 72/100
Reviews: 1,333 user | 276 critic | 40 from

A young boy wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world's most unusual candy maker.



(book), (screenplay)
Watch Trailer
0Check in

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 35 titles
created 31 May 2011
a list of 30 titles
created 27 Jun 2011
a list of 30 titles
created 06 Aug 2012
a list of 40 titles
created 19 Sep 2012
a list of 45 titles
created 7 months ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 35 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When a massive fire kills their parents, three children are delivered to the custody of cousin and stage actor Count Olaf, who is secretly plotting to steal their parents' vast fortune.

Director: Brad Silberling
Stars: Jim Carrey, Jude Law, Meryl Streep
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Stuart and Snowbell set out across town to rescue a friend.

Director: Rob Minkoff
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie
Stuart Little (1999)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The Little family adopt a charming young mouse named Stuart, but the family cat wants rid of him.

Director: Rob Minkoff
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Astérix and Obélix go to Egypt to help architect Numérobis who is building a palace for Cleopatra.

Director: Alain Chabat
Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Christian Clavier, Jamel Debbouze
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The well-known little village from the Asterix and Obelix-comic books is in trouble: It is the last place not controlled by Rome. When Tax collector Claudius Incorruptus does not get his ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Zidi
Stars: Christian Clavier, Gérard Depardieu, Roberto Benigni
Nim's Island (2008)
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A young girl inhabits an isolated island with her scientist father and communicates with a reclusive author of the novel she's reading.

Directors: Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin
Stars: Jodie Foster, Gerard Butler, Abigail Breslin
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Astérix and Obélix compete at the Olympics in order to help their friend Lovesix marry Princess Irina. Brutus also tries to win the game with his own team and get rid of his father Julius Caesar.

Directors: Frédéric Forestier, Thomas Langmann
Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Clovis Cornillac, Benoît Poelvoorde
Animation | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed.

Directors: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders
Stars: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Shrek (2001)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

An ogre, in order to regain his swamp, travels along with an annoying donkey in order to bring a princess to a scheming lord, wishing himself King.

Directors: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson
Stars: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz
Shrek 2 (2004)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Princess Fiona's parents invite her and Shrek to dinner to celebrate her marriage. If only they knew the newlyweds were both ogres.

Directors: Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Follows the misadventures of young grade schooler Ramona Quimby from Beverly Cleary's popular children's book series.

Director: Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum
Stars: Joey King, Selena Gomez, Bridget Moynahan
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Monsters generate their city's power by scaring children, but they are terribly afraid themselves of being contaminated by children, so when one enters Monstropolis, top scarer Sulley finds his world disrupted.

Directors: Pete Docter, David Silverman, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Mary Gibbs


Cast overview, first billed only:
Franziska Troegner ...
Violet Beauregarde (as Annasophia Robb)


When Willy Wonka decides to let five children into his chocolate factory, he decides to release five golden tickets in five separate chocolate bars, causing complete mayhem. The tickets start to be found, with the fifth going to a very special boy, called Charlie Bucket. With his Grandpa, Charlie joins the rest of the children to experience the most amazing factory ever. But not everything goes to plan within the factory. Written by FilmFanUK

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Veruca Is a very bad nut See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for quirky situations, action and mild language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:






Release Date:

15 July 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The IMAX Experience  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,126,226 (Italy) (23 September 2005)


$206,456,431 (USA) (2 December 2005)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

| | | (IMAX version)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Screenwriter John August had never even seen Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) when asked by Tim Burton to write the script. After finishing the screenplay, he finally watched the 1971 version, only to be surprised at how much darker the "family" film was compared to his own. See more »


After Mike Teavee gets shrunk by the TV ray, Willy Wonka orders him and his father to the taffy puller room. Immediately afterward, Wonka has a very short conversation with Charlie and Grandpa Joe, they get into the elevator, and blast through the roof. They then fly down over the factory entrance, where Mike Teavee is already stretched and leaving the building, just 2-3 minutes after Wonka had given the taffy-pulling order. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: This is a story of an ordinary little boy named Charlie Bucket. He was not faster, or stronger, or more clever than other children. His family was not rich or powerful or well-connected; in fact, they barely had enough to eat. Charlie Bucket was the luckiest boy in the entire world. He just didn't know it yet.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures logos appear to be made of gold and come out from behind white fog. See more »


References Edward Scissorhands (1990) See more »


End Credit Suite
Written by Danny Elfman
Performed by Danny Elfman
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

I can't shake longings for Wilder and tangerine faces...
17 July 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Director Tim Burton has come a long way since his first job as an animator for Disney in the early 1980's. He made several animated shorts, none of which were deemed suitable for children - an early indication of Burton's dark outlook. However, his hard work and talent did not go unnoticed. His subsequent directorial work on Beetlejuice (1988), Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992) cemented his role as an experimental and visionary director/producer. Nobody else, therefore, was surely more suitable to adapt Dahl's much-loved novel, and nobody else was surely daring enough to attempt a re-make of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971, directed by Mel Stuart), that enduring classic starring Gene Wilder as Wonka.

Burton's repeated use of Depp in previous films (Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, and Sleepy Hollow to name just three) indicated him to be an obvious and, it could be argued, perfect choice to cast as Wonka. Depp is by far the best thing about this film. His character's whole persona

  • the costume and body language, the tone of his voice, his pithy lines

delivered in a contemptuous and yet charming manner, are all presented in such a way to add up to a well deserved challenge to Wilder's crown. But does he steal it? I'd say he doesn't. For someone that grew up with Roald Dahl's novels and film adaptations, Wilder IS Wonka. Trying to ignore my obvious bias, I believe Depp does put up a good fight, and perhaps if the parents of the four terrible children had shown more spark, or been actors of a higher calibre, his comic moments would have had much more impact.

Burton's other muse, Helena Bonham Carter, is mis-cast as Charlie's mother. Her lines are delivered distractedly and with the air of someone very aware of her status in the film industry. Thankfully her role is quite minor and doesn't impact negatively upon the film. Freddie Highmore is fairly insipid, yet not offensive in his role of Charlie. The same description can be applied to David Kelley, who plays his Grandpa Joe. With the exception of Augustus Gloop, whose role is comparatively minor, the four ticket-winning children do not live up to expectations or standards set in the '71 Mel Stuart version. They simply serve to mildly irritate and disappoint, particularly Veruca and Violet. But I doubt anyone could match Julie Dawn Cole, the original Veruca.

A certain amount of furore has surrounded Deep Roy, the 4ft 4" tall actor who plays every single one of Wonka's all-singing, all-dancing Oompa Loompas. He also plays Wonka's therapist and, in a tongue-in-cheek moment, appears briefly on the closing sequence where he is revealed to be the narrator. The effects used to re-produce Roy as every single Oompa-Loompa I believe detract from the film. When viewing scenes, surely it's preferable to be absorbed and involved than to be distracted by special effects and wondering 'how/why did they do that?' Additionally, Roy's scenes are the only ones to feature music - there is no Wonka or Grandpa Joe breaking into song and dance in this adaptation. All we get here are the Oompa-Loompa's didactic lyrics, which unfortunately are drowned out by below-par sound editing.

In an unprecedented move, Burton and screenwriter James August have given Wonka a history. Christopher Lee, who is sadly under-used in this film, plays his father, and we get to find out exactly why Wonka is such an enigma. I won't reveal the outcome, short of saying it's pretty unsatisfying and takes away Wonka's mystery - the very thing that makes him appealing. Claims have been made that this adaptation follows Dahl's novel much more closely than the 1971 version, of which it does
  • everything is followed almost to the letter. Unfortunately, the

Wonka/father storyline clearly undermines any attempt the film has made to stay true to Dahl's novel - should Dahl had wished there to be a father figure, he would have included that in his book. However, certain artistic license is always taken when adapting books and plays to the big screen, and this creativity is needed to keep images and story lines fresh and to prevent any static grounding.

As regards the imagery of the film, well, it's a Burton film and true to form we aren't disappointed. Typically, we enter and leave the film during gentle snow-fall. The poor Buckets' house leans pitifully to one side and almost makes you shiver when Charlie climbs into bed underneath a gaping whole in the roof. Colour is suitably hued down apart from certain scenes in the factory where the vibrant colours bring the songs and sets to life - the Chocolate Room and the Boat Ride come alive, and the Television Room almost blinds. The only fault I could find, and it is minor, is that at certain points of the Chocolate Room scene, the chocolate river where Augustus Gloop meets his untimely suction looks more like brown water than creamy chocolate. Apart from the afore-mentioned poor sound editing of the featured songs, audio here is of a top standard. Sound effects are clear, no dialogue is gone unheard and the musical score is in keeping with the tone of the film.

Verdict - It's easy to be over-picky when comparing a film not only to a novel, but also to an earlier, much loved and highly-established film adaptation. However, faults notwithstanding, this is watchable fare that should appeal to all ages. Is it a classic? No.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Roald Dahl hated the '71 film? clash77
The kids didn't deserve their punishments Ernest_Hero
The pink sheep butterfly24
Violet's mom blondcutie1972
The kid that played Charlie codjohn
Wonka and the Buckets Bri-Monster
Discuss Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page