Box art for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

children & family, comedy

A poor little boy wins a ticket to visit the inside of a chocolate factory. When he experiences the wonders inside the factory, the boy discovers that the visit is a test of his character.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
  • Audience Score

common sense

ON for kids age 8
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Educational value
2 out of 5
0 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
0 out of 5
Violence & scariness
3 out of 5

Pure, sweet imagination for both kids and adults.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that overall this is an excellent, imaginative family film. While it doesn't have any content that would be considered inappropriate for kids, author Roald Dahl's signature dark humor is evident. There are a few scary/tense scenes that may disturb younger or more sensitive children. Slugworth is a creepy character (who turns out OK in the end). When Wonka takes the kids on a wild boat ride through a tunnel, some icky images appear and the kids on the boat are terrified. All of the ticket-winning kids end up in some kind of peril (some wind up in more dangerous situations than others), but they all turn out safe and sound in the end.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the different kids' choices as they go along on the tour. What would you do if you were one of the kids? When has being honest been rewarded for you?
  • Compare this version to the more recent Johnny Depp version. Which do you prefer, and why?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews


- Howard Thompson, New York Times, Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Audience Reviews

5 stars

A true classic. With highly iconic songs such as 'Oompa Loompa' and iconic events like the nighmare tunnel that are still remembered today. Because of these, there is almost no reason to forget this film. Like Peter Sellers with 'Dr Strangelove', like Anthony Hopkins for 'Silence of the Lambs', Gene Wilder was destined for the role of Willy Wonka. As a result, Wilder gave something truely special for all viewers. The 2005 remake has nothing that tops this classic. Its a shame that some prefer the 2005 remake and instantly say this is poor, without even seeing it. I guess it's those who are missing out on a real treat.

- samoriley, Tuesday, August 7, 2012

5 stars

An eccentric chocolatier lures children into his hallucinogenic candy factory, where he arranges for them to meet gruesome, ironic deaths. Early torture porn, in a crunchy candy shell, with great tunes sung by the orange-faced dwarf refugee race Wonka has enslaved.

- 366weirdmovies, Monday, January 30, 2012

4 stars

Classic, watching this makes me feel nostalgic because it reminds me of being a kid.

- fb729949618, Sunday, October 2, 2011