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

4 stars

Classic Tim Burton with great acting. Everyone in this movie looked like they were having so much fun doing it and it showed. We saw this in Digital 3d and to be honest the 3d may not even have been needed. It looks like digital screening of this would suffice. It would be a wonderful visual feast.

- jmanard52, Friday, March 5, 2010

1 star

This movie sucked. It was crap. I didn't care at all about what was happening or any of the characters. I hated it. Tim Burton should have done better and people who rate this 5 stars is insane, I know it's your own opinion but this really isn't a great movie. Grade: D

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Sunday, November 7, 2010

3 stars

I thought this was a fun movie. Although watching it I was more interested in how Tim Burton was going to reinvent Alice in Wonderland as opposed to finding out the actual story. Whenever I am faced with a remake or adaptation, I always wonder to myself how it compares to the original, what parts from the original were used and what was not. I'm a big fan of keeping continuity as close to the original story as much as possible, but this was an interesting take on the story in its own right. It was fun to watch, the acting was well done and the effects were used well. Although Johnny Depp is one of the most diverse actors out there today; I sort of felt this character to be annoying. He was as good an actor as ever, but I found the Mat Hatter character just was written in a poor manner. It's worth seeing for sure, but I'm sure you already have.

- FireStormStudios, Wednesday, October 13, 2010