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Alice in Wonderland also known as “Alice,” “Alice no País das Maravilhas,” “Alice au pays des merveilles,” “Alice i Underlandet,” “Alice im Wunderland,” “Alicia en el País de las Maravillas,” “Alicia en el país de las maravillas,” “Alicja W Krainie Czarów,” “Alis Harikalar Diyarinda,” “Aliza Be Eretz Ha Pla'ot,” “I Aliki sti hora ton thavmaton,” “Liisa ihmemaassa,” “Алиса в стране чудес”

MPAA Rating: PG for fantasy action/violence involving scary images and situations, and for a smoking caterpillar.

Reviewed by: Angela Bowman

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1 hr. 48 min.
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March 5, 2010 (wide—3,400+ theaters)
DVD: June 1, 2010
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Featuring: Mia Wasikowska (Alice Kingsley), Johnny Depp (The Mad Hatter), Helena Bonham Carter (The Red Queen), Crispin Glover (The Knave of Hearts), Anne Hathaway (The White Queen), Stephen Fry (The Cheshire Cat), Christopher Lee (The Jabberwock), Michael Sheen (The White Rabbit), Alan Rickman (Absolem, The Caterpillar), Matt Lucas (Tweedledee / Tweedledum), Timothy Spall (The Bloodhound), Barbara Windsor (The Dormouse), Amy Bailey (Hatteress), more »
Director: Tim Burton
Producer: Walt Disney Pictures, Roth Films, The Zanuck Company, Team Todd, Tim Burton Productions, Tim Burton, Katterli Frauenfelder, Derek Frey, Chris Lebenzon, Mark L. Rosen, Joe Roth, Peter M. Tobyansen, Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd, Linda Woolverton, Richard D. Zanuck
Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures / Buena Vista

“You’ve got a very important date.”

Those who are familiar with Tim Burton will not be surprised that the dark quality of his work carries over into “Alice In Wonderland,” along with his signature spiraling gothic landscapes, so much so that it appears too intentional. Regardless, and as expected, the richness in color and design make for a stunning view enhanced by 3D.

In this recent adaptation, Alice (played by Mia Wasikowska) returns to Wonderland thirteen years after her first adventure, which she has considered a mostly forgotten dream. She begins her journey in a similar fashion that takes her back through the rabbit hole, but this time finds that she was summoned for a particular quest, so that the suffering inflicted by the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) may come to an end.

Positive Elements

Themes of being true to yourself, embracing your uniqueness and independent thought are woven into the story. The idea of the “best people” being considered “mad” to me means simply that the best people do not think like everyone else and perhaps even each person’s “madness” is the unique quality that separates him from the rest. Considering madness in a positive light, even the Bible says that the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing (1 Cor. 1:18), and many Christians are considered “mad” as they follow God in seemingly illogical ways. However, one must be careful to remember that we are never completely independent, and we must take care that it is truly God persuading us. We must be self-controlled and alert (1 Peter 5:8).

Negative Content

This movie is not suitable for young children. There is violence, frightening creatures, some blood and other elements that are not appropriate for younger audiences.

Swords and spears are used to prick, pull out an eyeball, and while not particularly gory, a head is cut off, as well as a tongue. Purple blood is collected from the head into a vial and given to Alice, who drinks it. She also drinks a potion made from various objects, including coins from a dead man’s pocket and buttered fingers.

Alice is chased and wounded by a large creature with many sharp teeth. Her wounds bleed, although not excessively, and appear to grow worse with time. There is a “war” in which two sides are fighting, and a large sinister dragon is called to fight Alice.

It should be noted for parents that the “card” soldiers are nothing like the characters in the 1951 cartoon version. They are sharply armored, and their eyes glow, making them appear quite evil. Various items are thrown, which if seen in 3D could also be scary for a child, and the Mad Hatter grows dark, both in appearance and in voice, when he “goes mad.” The Red Queen slaps Stayne multiple times. A woman comments that rabbits are “nasty creatures” and that she will enjoy setting the dogs on the rabbit that Alice sees.

Alice is called a “stupid girl” on numerous occasions, and the word “bloody” is used multiple times as an expletive. Alice threatens to tell the mother of two girls that they swim naked in a pond. The Red Queen refers to Tweedledee and Tweedledum as “fat boys,” and, as expected, there is a smoking caterpillar and multiple references and orders to cutting off heads.

One of the women in the Red Queen’s court is appropriately titled “Woman with Large Poitrine” (French for “bosom”), and it was apparently necessary to show cleavage to fit. Stayne accuses Alice of “unlawful seduction,” telling the Red Queen that she forced herself on him. As Alice’s size changes, her clothes do not, so in one scene she is apparently naked, however completely covered by garden shrubbery.

While there was an apparent occult-like feel to some of the elements, what I found most disturbing was something a bit more subtle, and I am curious how many others notice (or will notice) it as well. It appears that Alice is repressed, as most women were of her time, and so she rebels in small ways, such as not wearing a corset or stockings, which by itself seems minor enough, but there seems to be an overall lack of respect and courtesy, such as when Alice finally decides to stand up for herself. She turns down a very public marriage proposal, which in itself again is not a bad thing, but it is the way in which she goes about it, the way in which she asserts herself that is lacking.

There are other incidents, such as when Alice catches her brother-in-law kissing another woman at the beginning of the film, and, at the end, she chooses not to tell her sister, instead letting him know that she will be watching him closely and that he is lucky to have her sister as a wife.

Absolem (voiced by Alan Rickman), the Blue Caterpillar tells Alice, “Perhaps I will see you in another life.” The Cheshire Cat asks Alice if she wants him to “purify” her wound. And when the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), who has made a vow not to kill any living thing, sentences her sister, the Red Queen, to exile, she adds to that, that no one is to show her kindness or to speak to her. It seems to me it might be more merciful to order death. And regardless of the fact she is the “good” Queen, she is the one who concocts and gives Alice the potion and blood to consume.

Over and again, below the surface is found a want of emotion where it is needed most—that connection to (and for) the characters, the warm or satisfied feeling we are supposed to be left with at an apparently “positive” ending to any particular event, the closure one should feel when a task has been completed or a lesson learned. The only character that seems to display true and constant emotion is the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), but the extravagance of his appearance is negatively distracting, and he simply isn’t enough to fill the space beyond his particular role. While Tim Burton admits to his lack of emotional grasp of the story, it is difficult not to imagine that there is more to the absence of connectivity. Galatians 5:22-23 says the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control—and these seem to be missing.

Despite the shortcomings, my first reaction was that this film was quite enjoyable. As the story has always been one of my favorites, perhaps it was bias or possibly it was due to the fact that with this type of movie one doesn’t have time to dwell on a particular offense or shortage before something new and different appears to distract and divert your attention. Externally, it has so much to offer that it is easy not to look in the kitchen or under the table until after you’ve had time to digest the meal and find that the meat was missing. So upon further reflection, the pleasure of the experience disappeared, and I couldn’t help but feel that I had eaten something very wrong. As Christians, we are to filter what enters our hearts and minds in accordance with God’s Word (Prov. 4:23 and 2 Cor. 10:5). Romans 12:2 says,

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

I found, in my folly, I had not taken the time to consider what was laid before me, and I would urge others to carefully examine—and then chew slowly—what is offered you, so that you may find out what is inside, before it is already in your stomach.

Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Mild / Sex/Nudity: Mild

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Positive—I have to be honest, I only went to go see this movie for one reason—Anne Hathaway was in it, and she’s my favorite actress. I’ve never been a big fan of the “Alice in Wonderland” story/stories, but I just loved this movie! It was so much better than I thought it was! The story line, animation, humor, script, casting… everything was crafted together so perfectly! I just enjoyed the whole movie, even though I’m not too crazy about the Alice in Wonderland fairy tale.

It’s a movie I would definitely go see again in theaters! Even if Anne Hathaway hadn’t been in it, I STILL would have really liked this movie, and I’m sooo glad I gave it a try! more »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Sarah, age 19 (USA)
Positive—There are very few films I have seen in my life that I have given a ten out of ten pair of thumbs but Tim Burton's adaptation (or should I say transformation) takes Alice’s journey to Wonderland into a new rabbit hole, one of which I am happy to say was worth traveling down. It is a retelling, and a reshaping, as only Tim Burton did it the best. It is a beautiful world Underland (not Wonderland as is mispronounced by Alice and corrected by Absolem the Caterpillar) yet a perilous one to live in, made more so by the Red Queen’s cruelty and malice to dominate the free peoples of Underland.

The inhabitants, such as the Mad Hatter, March Hare, Mallymkun the Dormouse, Absolem the Caterpillar, Chessur, and the White Queen, are thrilled Alice has returned, seeing in her that she will someday soon be champion and slay the Red Queen’s Jabberwocky. more »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—The Writer, age 20 (USA)
PositiveTim Burton has triumphantly welded the medium of film in “Alice in Wonderland” by stepping out of the way and letting the story stand on its own legs. In other words, he did not make it a “Tim Burton film.”

“Alice in Wonderland” is the greatest gift of Lewis Carroll, whom Wikipedia describes as an English author, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer. In this movie, the viewer can appreciate all that is laudable about fine literature, be comforted by the surety of consequences, be admirable at the complexity of the endeavor, be charmed by the worthiness of high values while being grateful that the technology at hand, in this case computer generated special effects, was employed not only with great skill but with the utmost care because the bedazzlement never overpowers the story. more »
—Jason Goldtrap, age 41 (USA)
Positive—…This movie is NOT offensive. Perhaps you don’t like the story or the scary parts. But, it was NOT offensive. It’s fiction. Surely, all fiction doesn’t have to be about real people. I know cards don’t really walk around with spears, cats don’t really talk, people don’t really look like the Mad Hatter. I’m not taken into the occult by such things and neither will anybody else, unless they have much greater problems. It’s simply over the top to call this movie offensive. We took our 8 year old. We all enjoyed it. …it’s far from “Halloween” or “Nightmare on Elm Street.” Those surely are offensive. This movie was a cute story of an evil queen being dethroned by a good queen. There’s a lot of fictional characters.

The moviemaking quality was outstanding. The 3D was awesome. I’ve left movies in the middle before. I’ve turned off movies that we have rented. I’ve felt guilty after watching certain movies. But, this is not one of them. It’s a good family film.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Todd, age 37 (USA)
Positive—After seeing the original “Alice in Wonderland” film from the 50s, I totally enjoyed seeing this version by Tim Burton. While it didn’t mirror the 50s version word for word, it is still a great movie. I found maybe a few things offensive but not much. I wouldn’t recommend it to younger kids, though.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Shannon H., age 28 (USA)
Positive—Alice is a girl who isn’t quite sure what she wants to do or who she is as many of us feel at times. She embarks on an adventure that helps her discover herself and return back to the brave person she was. This movie is also a story of good against evil. Where the evil side forces you to be what the leader wants you to be, and the good side allows you to be as you wish while at the same time encouraging you to do good loving and protecting each other.

Alice does not want to do what everyone else expects or wants. She is very scared. The white (good) queen tells her that she must choose for herself and no one can decide for her. Alice does, in the end, choose to risk her own life to help her friends and save the kingdom. I especially loved the part where the Mad Hatter, who is fighting with the main bad henchman, is about to kill him when he sees the Jabberwocky is killed. Immediately, realizing that his death would serve no purpose because the beast is gone, he tosses the sword down in disgust. War may be needed as it was in the bible, but as soon as it isn’t, Christians should shun it. more »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Chris Ransom, age 43 (USA)
Positive—This movie is one and a million. It is actually written more as a sequel to the story “Alice and Wonderland” than as a retelling to the story. It seems Alice is thinking that her time in Wonderland is just a dream, until she starts seeing the White Rabbit again. She follows him back down the hole and arrives in the magical land. With her memory blanked out from he previous trip, she encounters the Mad Hatter (played brilliantly by Johnny Depp) who tells her she is suppose to free Wonderland from the grip of the Red Queen, who frequently yells, “Off with his head!”

I enjoyed this movie immensely! All the actors performed top notch and I was very impressed with each one. Johnny Depp, of course, performed his part to perfection. The film is directed by Tim Burton, who is, well, weird. He has a bizarre way of telling stories, (“The Nightmare Before Christmas”) or retelling them (“Batman”), but the story is told most impressively. more »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
Jacob Airey, age 21 (USA)
Positive—Okay, I admit I didn’t like the film when I saw the pictures from the movie. But when I saw short clips of it, I was growing to like it.

This isn’t like the first, it should be called “Alice returns to Wonderland”. Although there some warnings for young kids: Lots of violence (eye plucking, eye poking, poking with a sword, almost beheading, and serious cuts), there is some adultery when Alice’s brother-in-law makes out with a different woman and “Stayne” (the Red Queen’s loyal assistant) hits on the White Queen.

There are also creepy expressions of the Mad Hatter, but you get used to them. I didn’t like the idea of the younger Alice being caked with make-up and the older Alice pale. Although I still like this creepy, dark, and magical film. My favorite characters are The March Hare and the Mad Hatter. This film is caution for kids under 12. I’d give this film 2 thumbs up.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Anna, age 18 (USA)
Positive—I think it’s important to remember that just because a movie is rated PG doesn’t mean it is made for children. People seem to make this mistake. Just because a movie doesn’t contain enough objectionable material to warrant a higher rating doesn’t mean it was made for children.

I love “Alice in Wonderland,” and I thought this movie was amazing. The PG rating does distinguish that there is violence, and it’s something parents should consider before taking a young child. That is why it is mentioned. There is a war going on in the movie, and a war without violence isn’t really a war, is it?

As far as the nude scene, you see nothing. It’s not portrayed in a sexual way. at all. and if outgrowing your clothes is a sin, we all need to repent. I thought the movie was beautifully done. It is a Tim Burton film, after all, and one should keep that in mind. He’s known for dark films. I think this film was created more for older children and up.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Alyson, age 23 (USA)
Positive—It was cute and funny.
My Ratings: Moviemaking quality: 2
—Ricardo Guzman, age 45 (USA)
Positive—I agree with the review of this film on this site, but I do want to say that what you get out of the film depends on the eyes in which you view it. I would not bring kids to see this movie because of content but as a 58-year-old female this movie was very inspiring to me. It reminded me to step out from the crowd and stand up for what I believe in even if others don’t understand. It also made me realize that in Christ we don’t really know what we are capable of.

Alice didn’t think she could slay the beast until the end of the movie. It took time for her to mature into a person who could do what she was meant to do. In Christ, I may not see how I can do what Christ has asked me, but I know that in the end I can. The movie may have humanistic/occultish overtones, but like the movie “The Matrix” I believe adults can take away from it what they want. Depending on how the objections effect you personally, I think it may be very worth seeing.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Sherri, age 58 (USA)
Neutral—If there was a “Semi-Positive” rating, that’s what I would give this film. The problem areas in “Alice” mostly involve dark themes and fantasy violence. If you do not want some mild spoilers, don’t read on…

Dark themes: The Red Queen calls for beheadings whenever she is slightly displeased, a cute-looking character begs that he has a wife and children as he is dragged off to be executed. Alice crosses a moat by jumping on bloated decapitated heads that are enormous (because she is currently shrunk down). The “good” Queen is a witch that makes a potion of out human fingers and claims that she made a vow “never to harm a living thing” (if that’s true, why the potion made of fingers?). The “good” Queen also gives Alice blood to drink, and Alice drinks it without any revulsion (no revulsion is shown when Alice drinks the potion either). Alice beheads a creature (granted, the creature is evil) and a character plucks the eyeball out of an animal with a tiny sword. Those are just some of the examples of the darker themes in this movie. Also the caterpillar makes a reference that could be a nod towards the Hindu idea of reincarnation. more »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Syrena, age 33 (USA)
Neutral—After watching a preview and reading through many commentaries on this site, I was fully prepared to hate this film. I intended to give it just ten minutes of my time and then move on. While at no time did the film fully captivate my imagination and demand that I watch it to completion, I did find that it far surpassed my expectations and that it really didn’t seem to match the above commentary.

CONS: • There are indeed several minutely sexual references. • Every single character in “Underland” is creepy, minus Alice herself. • There are several instances of violence that, while not graphic, are certainly inappropriate for children.

PROS: • Every instance of immorality is significantly downplayed, adding more to the “creepy factor” rather than outright gratuitousness found in many films. • I don’t believe that there was any swearing or anything more than hinted nudity, and not a single instance of the Lord’s name being taken in vain (that I can recall—which I am sensitive to). • The film is very imaginative and the story takes you right along as it should. While this film is not by any means fantastic, I wouldn’t knock it on account of morality. This film is better than average in that respect. more »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Ender Wiggin, age 25 (USA)
Negative—It continues to amaze me that films made by big names, such as Tim Burton or Martin Scorsese, the list could go one, continue to receive high marks when they are plain and simple tripe. “Alice in Wonderland” is Tim Burton's “Chronicles of Narnia,” and, in his version, there is virtually no character development, and practically no point. The only redeemable ingredient in this debacle is the visual aspect of the film. The 3D, computer generated world is, to be certain, astounding, and enjoyable to look at. But how long does that new, sparkling sheen on a new car really dazzle you before you realize it’s still just a car? In “Alice in Wonderland”'s case, it is definitely a car. As a matter of fact, it’s a junker that can barely roar to a start who’s rust and deficiencies is simply masked by this beautiful facade that Burton has created. Truthfully, just because the mad hatter is nonsensical, doesn’t mean the rest of the film need be. The story is painfully inane, and there’s little that is morally redeemable.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 2
—Mark BC, age 22 (USA)
Negative—This movie is for the foolish. This movie was so bad, its laughable at the end. You will get up from the theater and ask yourself; why did I watch that? The ending is so bad, it makes the movie a (F-), seriously. The cartoon was so much better, all they had to do was just copy the cartoon, and remake that, it would of been way better. …the movies morals are way off. The movie is about being bad, and when you do the opposite of what is good, it works out in the end, what kind of message is that to send to people? Skip It.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: ½
—Jacob, age 23 (USA)
Negative—I love to be entertained, surprised, and amused at the movies. Instead, I was bored and annoyed… but I found joy when it ended. It was bad for all the reasons given by the other viewers. I’m mostly disappointed in myself for giving Tim Burton yet another chance. When will I learn that his art is just dark dark dark!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Diana O, age 41 (USA)
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Positive—…a lot of things mentioned in the review are not at all offensive, and in some cases, taken out of context. I refer specifically to this paragraph—Absolem (voiced by Alan Rickman), the Blue Caterpillar tells Alice, “Perhaps I will see you in another life.” The Cheshire Cat asks Alice if she wants him to “purify” her wound. And when the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), who has made a vow not to kill any living thing, sentences her sister, the Red Queen, to exile, she adds to that, that no one is to show her kindness or to speak to her. It seems to me it might be more merciful to order death. And regardless of the fact she is the “good” Queen, she is the one who concocts and gives Alice the potion and blood to consume.

First off, Absolem’s line is taken out of context here. In that scene, he’s building a cocoon to turn into a butterfly, which he refers to as the end of his current life. So, when he tells Alice “perhaps I will see you in another life,” what he means is “perhaps I will see you when I’m a butterfly.” It’s not reincarnation, just nature. more »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Matt T., age 18 (USA)
Neutral—I would have rated this movie PG-13, but alas the people who do that now seem to be blind as to what is good for children to watch. There are three scary elements in this movie, which I feel should be mentioned.
1st: Alice is chased by a beast with many sharp teeth and is saved by the dormouse who uses it’s sword to pluck one of the creatures eyes out, which I find disturbing.
2nd: To get into the Red Queen’s castle Alice must cross the moat, which is filled with the heads of the victims thatched fallen to the Queens wrath. Alice having no other choice, uses the heads as stepping stones to cross.
3rd: In the final battle Alice fights a fearsome beast. As she fights she cuts off the tongue and at the top of some stairs of a ruin, she beheads the beast, and its head goes plopping down the stairs. There is no gore and very, very little blood, but I don’t think these scenes are the greatest material for the imagination to play with.

There is, also, a scene where the Queen’s henchman makes an advance on Alice, cornering her against a wall, he tells her that he likes her largeness (Alice is larger from drinking a potion), Alice then pushes him and runs away. more »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Bethany Stibbe, age 18 (Canada)
Positive—This gorgeous film is not Alice in Wonderland as you remember it. Wonderland—or “Underland” as it is also called, is darker, meaner, and crueler, and the Alice is haughtier and less kind. It is a film with such completely perfect visual effects that one is genuinely transported to another world—but the world is not welcoming. I would rate this movie PG-11 or PG+.

If you hesitate at the mention of Alice walking across large, dead faces that serve as stepping stones across a moat, or a monster’s eye being pricked with a sword and pulled out, do not take your young children. There are positive elements: “Believe in the Impossible” is a running theme—one that can be admirable.

However, all in all, this film was candy—pleasant while it lasted, but leaving no satisfaction. If you want a lavishly directed, mostly inoffensive film—by all means, I would recommend this film. But don’t expect it to change the way you look at anything—and leave your younger friends at home.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Katie, age 16 (USA)
Positive—I saw this film opening night in 3-D (which, in my opinion is the only way to see this movie …and it was truly amazing. As far as movies that Tim Burton makes, which tend to be frightening and dark, this movie was surprisingly not. I was very impressed with the moviemaking quality and how funny and overall enjoyable it was. Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter were absolutely hilarious and wonderful in their rolls …I don’t remember any profanity or inappropriate comments. It is morally very acceptable. Some children may be frightened just because of the overall nature of the Alice in Wonderland story. Tim Burton's interpretation of this classic story was flawless. It’s a must see!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Rachel, age 14 (USA)
Positive—I loved this movie. I thought it was very well made, and it was great. But I don’t think Anne Hathaway was good as the white queen. I don’t think she was elegant enough, and the part didn’t quite fit her. Also, the part when Alice was walking to the red queen’s castle, the dead people’s heads in the water were pretty scary. Overall, I think this movie was great, and I’d recommend it for anyone over the age of 9.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Mikayla Notaes, age 13 (Canada)
Positive—I went and saw this movie on opening night. It was a wonderful experience, although it did not follow the books extremely well. Then again not many do.

The one negative thing I have to say is that the White Queen (Anne Hathaway) lacked character and emotion. All she ever did was carry around a HUGE smile. Also, I would not recommend it to anyone under the age of 8 (with parental discretion) based upon some scary images of vultures and one, non-gory, beheading.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Bryan Stahlberg, age 16 (USA)
Positive—Just saw “Alice in Wonderland.” It’s not as offensive as the reviewer said it was. If you let your kids see “Narnia” then this movie is fine! It was NOT dark at all, the Red Queen doesn’t even compare to the White Witch from Narnia on the scary scale. And, yes, there’s a smoking caterpillar, but… the Professor in Narnia smoked a pipe, so I see no difference in this and that. If you let your kids see Narnia, then this one is fine! See it 3D! It’s best then! …Alice will not disappoint!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Henry, age 17 (USA)
Positive—This was a funny movie. I would recommend it for 11 and up.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Joseph, age 12 (USA)
Positive—I enjoyed this movie. I thought it was much better than the cartoon “Alice in Wonderland” (which I thought was pointless and stupid). Although on the terms of Tim Burton movies, I would have to say that I liked “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” better (except for the fact that the Mad Hatter wasn’t near as strange as Willy Wonka).

DO NOT BRING YOUNG CHILDREN TO THIS MOVIE! It was the closest to a PG-13 that I’ve ever seen a PG movie get. Alice beheads a monster after chopping off its tongue, there are floating heads in a moat, and a mouse plucks out another monster’s eyeball.

I would say if you like fantasy/action movies, then you would like this movie.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Kadie, age 17 (USA)
Negative—This movie was very pointless. The whole movie, I was saying to myself… “when will this end?!” it was odd and boring. most people don’t know, this but the whole point of Alice in Wonderland is based off of doing drugs. The author of the original book intended on alice getting high and going to wonderland on a “trip.” The whole way through the movie, this caterpillar was smoking a hookah. Alice was also seen partially naked in a few scenes, while eating and drinking to make her size differ, but not her clothes. …
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Jacob Atkinson, age 14 (USA)
Response from reader—I am an English Major posting to clear up the rumor regarding Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) that always seem to rise when people talk about Alice in Wonderland. There is this nasty little rumor that Carroll was on drugs when he wrote Alice in Wonderland. Carroll did not use drugs while writing the story. The larger part of the story was invented when he was on a boat trip with a friend, the real Alice and her sisters. He invented it while they rowed.

The drug rumor was first spread in the 1960s by supporters of the then new LSD subculture. The rumor is believed to have originated from the psychiatrists who introduced LSD into our society. Some people insist that one has to be on drugs to write such a creative story. But why shouldn’t someone have a creative mind of his own? If Carroll was on drugs, the Alice books would probably be a series of rambling, disconnected, surrealist scenarios. But the Alice books are far from random. They contain some very intricate logic problems and very clever puns (not to mention Alice’s journey in “Through the Looking-Glass,” which follows the moves of a chess game), that could only be the work of a sharp mind in full control of its abilities. more »
—Thursday Connell, age 18 (USA)

Response from reader—I am also responding to the viewer who said Lewis was on drugs. I was saddened to read that this rumor is still alive and well. Here is some more truth.

Pastor Charles Dodgson, or more famously known as Lewis Carroll, was a Godly man who was a friend of George MacDonald. Anyone who knows anything about children’s fantasy novels knows George MacDonald. MacDonald is well known to have been the mentor of C.S. Lewis. Here’s a short story of how the MacDonald family encouraged Lewis Carroll in his publishing of Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland.

“In the early 1860s, as MacDonald began to discover his talent for fairy stories, he made friends with another minister, Charles Dodgson. Undecided whether or not to publish a story he had written about a friend’s daughter, Dodgson asked MacDonald to read the story aloud to his children to see if they liked it. MacDonald’s eleven children delighted in this new tale, his son Grenville declaring that he “wished there were 60,000 volumes of it.”

In this way, the MacDonald family played an important role in encouraging Dodgson (under the pseudonym of Lewis Carroll) to publish Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland.” Taken from a short biography about George MacDonald in the book, “The Princess and The Goblin” by George MacDonald. Pg. 205
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Michelle, age 44 (USA)

Positive—I loved this movie! I went to see it with my dad, and he is really picky about movies. He thought it was a great movie, too! It has excellent morals and never lost my attention for a second. There is some fantasy violence, like when the mouse pokes out a monster’s eye with its sword, and when Alice beheads the Jabberwocky. It may be scary for kids who are easily scared. There is no profanity at all, and it has clean humor. I suggest seeing it in 3D, it’s amazing! When I left the movie theater after this movie, I felt like it was worth my time and money. …
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Abbie Billingsley, age 12 (USA)
Positive—Wow, Tim Burton did a great job directing “Alice in Wonderland”! My mom and I went to see it together, and got our money’s worth. We chose not to see it in 3D, but it was still fantastic. No bad words, just some battle scenes that were not bloody at all! I caution parents to not bring their young children to the movie. Acknowledge the PG rating. Kids 10+ should be able to enjoy and absorb the wonders of Wonderland!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Emily, age 11 (USA)
Positive—This movie is not offensive at all. And believe me, you can trust my opinion. As a Christian, I am extremely careful about what movies/TV shows I watch. I have run into some seriously awful things on television and am therefore VERY careful to avoid falling into the same trap again.

Here is my opinion about “Alice in Wonderland”. There was a lot of action—I don’t consider it violence because it wasn’t gory at all. There was almost no blood. A large beast gets his eye poked out, but there is no blood. A mouse pokes the eye, it pops out, and the mouse runs away with it, leaving the beast with its paw over the empty eye socket. Again, NO BLOOD. Very clean. I am very sensitive to gore and was very pleased by this. more »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Laura, age 12 (USA)
Positive—This movie was awesome! It was really thrilling! I would say this movie for 9 and up, there is some blood where Alice is scratched by the creature, it kind of freaked me out. Well, I’ve got to admit there was some parts that did scare me. It was also a little funny. So ya, it’s a great family movie!! But just be warned on what it does have.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Hannah Gutierrez, age 11 (USA)
Negative—Alice in Wonderland was extremly dissapionting in many ways. As I watched this movie, I was the whole way through bored. And let me tell you something. I rarely get bored in a movie. Rarely.

Another way this movie was dissapionting was that, while the special effects are great, you never really get to see them because the movie is so rushed.

Another thing I might point out to you, is that Wonderland (or Underland, as the characters call it) looks so depressing and looks almost apocalyptic. Tim Burton is one of those directors out there that I really like some of his movies (“Big Fish,” “Corpse Bride”), think some are ok (“Beetlejuice,” “Batman Returns”) and think some are just awful (Batman for instance). And to tell you the truth, I really don’t know which one to put this one in. I mean, the effects and acting are great but the character and story devolpment were some the worst I’ve seen, and I’ve seen lots of movies. more »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 2½
—Langston, age 12 (USA)
Positive—…I agree with [reviewer] Angela Bowman, on several counts which I will explain. What I most admired about the film was that Alice is quite an inspiring character, except for when she didn’t tell her sister about her husband cheating. However, I do admire her character of individuality. Her father died, and everyone expects so much from her, and she never lashes out at them, except when she snapped at her mother about wearing the things normal girls wear, and she apologized. It shows that no one is perfect, but you could always do your best to fix the wrong.

She’s considerate of how they (including animals) feel. Unlike most other girls her age, she’s not worried about what people think about her; she isn’t worried about attracting boys, and she keeps neutral thoughts about people until they do something to give evidence to being the type of character they are. more »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Spiffs, age 17 (USA)
Positive—I watched this movie because I’m a huge fan of Tim Burton. And, this movie was no disappointment. I found it was much darker then the real Alice in Wonderland was supposed to be, but I liked it much better this way. I can’t remember any objectionable content. I personally really liked the movie. It puts a new ring to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I really enjoyed it.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Alyssa, age 15 (Canada)
Negative—I watched the 2010 “Alice in Wonderland” while babysitting three neighbors of mine. While the scenery, dress, and acting was superb and breathtaking, the whole tone of the movie is dark. The “Alice in Wonderland” I remember as a young girl is nothing like this movie. The movie is violent—there are many bloody scenes, and acts of murder done. There is a bit of sexuality in this apparent “children’s movie,” which the movie reviewer already stated. Overall, I do not recommend this movie to Christians. If you have to watch it, I highly advise you do not take children under the age of 13.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Alexxus, age 13 (USA)
Comments from non-viewers
…I have never seen this film (however I’ve seen parts of the original) and don’t plan on ever seeing it. This film deals with a lot of occult messages and themes that are against God’s truth. I know a lot of people are excited by this film because of the star-studded casts and effects, but is entertainment worth compromising our faith? In the bible it says have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose it. And the whole film glorifies darkness. Therefore, I would not recommend this to anyone. As Christians we are called to be weary of the work of the devil, and I strongly believe that this film is one of them. I hope that my words will help and not offend or discourage any of you. I pray that all of you who see these reviews seek God for discernment. God Bless yall…
—Shev, age 19 (Canada )
Negative—This is mostly to clear up a few things about this movie. For starters I have not seen this for many reasons. Not because of my faith. I see R-rated movies, so obviously this movie is seeable to me. I didn’t see this movie because the story was ruined. And that is why I am writing this. almost everyone that has seen this does not like it because they think it is based on the original story. It is not. It is based on a book/game called “Return to Wonderland” by Alice Mcgee.

I am not sure if the book or game came first. Either way, the book/game was a sequel …a very VERY dark one at that. It was for adults. Where Alice goes back and finds a grim, dark and twisted place. There is gore, swearing and things that by all means would make even the most strong stomached christian hurl. This is why I was disappointed with this movie.

I am not saying I wanted to see such things in the movie. But the made a mockery of the sequel by making it “kid friendly” and honestly it was never meant for kids by any means. So hopefully this clears up the confusion as to why this movie is not like the classic we all grew up with. And if you’re curious do not look up the sequels game/book. The cover alone might make some very uncomfortable.
—Matt, age 28 (USA)
Response from reader—This movie is actually not based on American McGee’s Alice, there is a separate film of that game being made. Yes, the game is very dark and whatnot, but it has no connection to this one. Tim Burton said in an interview that he changed the story so that this film could have a story separate from that of the previous 20+ versions of Alice in Wonderland.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Colt, age 20 (USA)
Negative—I was very disappointed with this movie. I saw it in theatres a few months ago, expecting it to be a magnificent film. Well, I was wrong. I do know that Tim Burton’s films are very dark and creepy (“Corpse Bride,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “Beetlejuice,” etc.) but I figured since it was Disney, and it was Alice in Wonderland that it would be safe. While watching the movie I was expecting happy-go-lucky Alice from the original movie. Instead, she was in a dark, creepy world. There were many scary looking “creatures” that were not in the original movie. I believe that those parts can scare kids. Most of the story line had nothing to do with the original movie. I do not recommend this movie for kids at all. Hookas, weird looking creatures, and a dark world do not mix with good Christian values.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Andrea, age 16 (USA)
Negative—Warning! This movie not for children under ten years of age! I hate to say it but “Alice in Wonderland” is not as good as I hoped. The movie is not funny, and the plot is hard to understand. I was welcomed to my friend’s house, and she had gotten the movie for her birthday (I think). Well she was mad over it, so we watched it. The film was for adults for sure, and it has horrifying creatures and cruel characters for instance… The queen of hearts commands anyone she is displeased with to be killed, and in the film she often screams, “Off with his\her head!” The white queen is shown as a very beautiful, good guy—when she is really a witch who makes potions with human eyes and fingers!

Another thing is that Alice crosses the queen of heart’s moat by scrambling across the heads of executed subjects. (They were innocent, well most of them were.) What makes it more gross is that she was small and the rotten heads were huge! After Alice battles a beast, she was given its blood as the only key to get home to her party. (I seriously think the movie gross and gruesome.)

These things are terrible to let your children see, and I regret seeing “Alice in Wonderland,” and wonder if whoever made this film ever intended to make it for adults!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Hannah, age 11 (Australia)
Positive—I think it is fair to say that Tim Burton is a genius. We could argue whether his skills are used for good or bad, but he has been gifted. I saw this movie for a few different reasons: Johnny Depp is an excellent actor, Tim Burton is a great moviemaker, and the story of Alice is captivating. As many other comments have said, it is important to remember that this is not “Alice in Wonderland.” This is about Alice returning. Therefore, it would be wrong to judge the film off of how well it relates the original.

The movie is dark, not just in some of its content, but the color scheme that Burton chose, which is typically of his movies. I think that the color pallette shows how much power the Red Queen has (somewhat like how it is all snow in Narnia when the White Witch rules). I will admit that some of the content is dark. more »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Sierra, age 17 (USA)