Box art for Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

  • Rated PG13
  • HD and SD formats available

children & family

Tumble down the rabbit hole with Alice for a fantastical new adventure from Walt Disney Pictures and Tim Burton. Inviting and magical, Alice In Wonderland is an imaginative new twist on one of the most beloved stories of all time.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 10
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
1 out of 5
3 out of 5

All-new 3-D Alice story is trippy and intense.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland might be rated PG, but it's pretty intense and scary at times for younger kids, especially because it's in 3-D. This trippy adaptation -- in which Alice is a young adult -- includes some fantasy violence with scary monsters that attack people, a cruel Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) who frequently sentences people to death, and a climactic battle scene between sword-brandishing humans, animals, and beasts. Some parents might want to know that a caterpillar (played by Alan Rickman) smokes a hookah, but this is as Lewis Carroll depicted the character. The language includes taunting insults like "stupid," "imbecile," "idiot," "bloody," and the like, and the sexuality is limited to one kiss between a married man and another woman and some aggressive flirting.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Alice's nonconformist attitude. How does she buck cultural expecations? In what ways does her adventure in "Underland" change Alice?
  • What do you think about Mr. Kingsleigh, and later Alice's adage that "all the best people" are a bit "mad"? What do you think the Mad Hatter means that things are only impossible if you believe them to be?
  • The Red Queen is cruel but sad. What are some reasons she's so mean? Are there compelling reasons to be angry at her younger sister, the White Queen?
  • Those familiar with the Lewis Carroll books: Compare this version with the original source and other adaptations. Do you like this Alice as a much older heroine?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Burton, bless him, knows you can't CG a soul.

- David Edelstein, New York Magazine, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

1 star

I was deeply excited for this movie when it came out. I mean, who wasn't? Tim Burton and Johnny Depp team-ups never dissapoint....well, until now, at least. I love "Alice in Wonderland", but not this version, obviously. Tim Burton tried too hard, I think. And his dark themes just didn't fit this story in any way. Plus: Where is the story? There isn't one. Well, its a failed attempt at a story. Its there....just lacked in so many ways. Tim Burton goes out of his way to make something great. Fancy visuals, big action sequences, but, he doesn't seem to notice that he failed at making a good story to keep us all interested. Okay, so Alice, at 19, returns to Wonderland oh, in this movie they call it "Underland"] and there she must defeat the, uhhhhhh, I forget the name of the monster-thing, we'll call it "The Monster", well, if she defeats it then the Red Queen will fall in power. Ehhhhhhhhhhhhh. Nothing special there at all considering it takes over an hour and twenty minutes for all that to really pick up into the story. Oh, and as for Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter.....that was just wasted talent. The Mad Hatter is probably the most pointless character this film has to offer. The Hatter was of course a joy in the original story, but in this, just Tim Burton going out of his way to make a creepy version.

- TheCuckooBird, Thursday, August 5, 2010

3 stars

Not what we expect from Tim Burton.Characters are more impressive than the storyline itself.

- Alireza64ir, Friday, August 6, 2010

1 star

Sucks balls and very pointless

- stuartb1234, Thursday, August 12, 2010