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  • Starring: , ,
  • Summary: Set in a 19th century European village, this stop-motion, animated features follows the story of Victor (Depp), a young man who is whisked away to the underworld and wed to a mysterious Corpse Bride (Bonham-Carter), while his real bride waits bereft in the land of the living. (Warner Bros.)
  • Director: Mike Johnson and Tim Burton
  • Genre(s): Fantasy, Romance, Music, Animation
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 77 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. A wondrous flight of fancy, a stop-motion-animated treat brimming with imaginative characters, evocative sets, sly humor, inspired songs and a genuine whimsy that seldom finds its way into today's movies.
  2. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    90
    An endearingly schizoid Frankenstein of a movie, by turns relentlessly high-spirited and darkly poignant.
  3. 90
    Like all Burton's best work, it takes place in a distorted, vividly colored, meticulously crafted world where whimsy and gleeful ghoulishness mix freely.
  4. Ghoulishness and innocence walk hand-in-hand in Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, a movie that digs into Hollywood's past to resurrect the antique art of stop-motion animation and create a fabulous bauble of a movie.
  5. 80
    A visual triumph, and also a work of surprising warmth. No small accomplishment for a bunch of cadavers.
  6. 78
    The dead have more fun than the living, again, in Tim Burton’s new stop-motion animated feature, a gift to gothlings everywhere and as exquisitely crafted as one of Federico’s post-mortem still lifes on "Six Feet Under," and just as melodramatically melancholic.
  7. Corpse Bride has more warmth and appeal than its title would indicate, but it is finally more grotesque than good-humored. And, even at 75 minutes, it feels longer than its content can comfortably support.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 107
  2. Negative: 18 out of 107
  1. JoshB.
    Sep 18, 2005
    10
    I was naturally skeptical because Tim Burton's movies sometimes can be really disappointing. This is not the case.
  2. DonnaS.
    Nov 11, 2005
    10
    A wonderful, well-thought out, almost dreamlike piece of animation. Tim Burton never fails to produce stunning stop-go motion pieces that are A wonderful, well-thought out, almost dreamlike piece of animation. Tim Burton never fails to produce stunning stop-go motion pieces that are a delight to the eyes! The musical score was a fantastic compliment to a stunning achievement of cinema. See if for the characters tales and for the general feel good factor that accompanys all of Tim Burtons masterpieces!! Expand
  3. AmyC.
    Nov 28, 2007
    10
    This is the best movie that i have even seen, in my option it is MUCH better than the nightmare before Christmas. i do not understand why This is the best movie that i have even seen, in my option it is MUCH better than the nightmare before Christmas. i do not understand why people are judging the two movies they are totally different. sure they are Tim Burton's movies but still you don't see a skeleton trying to kidnap Christmas in the corpse bride and you don't see a man marrying a corpse in the nightmare before Christmas. overall I LOVE THIS MOVIE Expand
  4. JeremyM.
    Oct 11, 2005
    8
    Great movie overall!!
  5. EthanM.
    Mar 5, 2006
    6
    This movie, while looking like a movie that would leave a mark for many years, sadly fell quite short of what I had been expecting. It was a This movie, while looking like a movie that would leave a mark for many years, sadly fell quite short of what I had been expecting. It was a bland, heapless mess with good animation. Expand
  6. SangheeJ.
    Nov 9, 2005
    5
    A good film, but none of the genius of 'Nightmare Before Christmas'. it was entertaining, but not too memorable, but a good movie A good film, but none of the genius of 'Nightmare Before Christmas'. it was entertaining, but not too memorable, but a good movie nonetheless, but I guess I expected more. Expand
  7. JoshuaEliasL.
    Sep 28, 2005
    0
    This was absolute dreck. The uninspired, awkwardly inserted musical interludes masked the absence of a plot, or any real depths to the This was absolute dreck. The uninspired, awkwardly inserted musical interludes masked the absence of a plot, or any real depths to the depressingly boring and empty characters. I predicted half of the plot developments, and when they predictably shuffled by on the screen i was wholly unimpressed with Burton's inablility to evoke any sort of fantasy. The sets are dull and lackluster; the only warmth in the movie comes from the all-too-brief scenes of Victor and Victoria together. The titacular Corpse Bride was so poorly defined as a character that her prescence was seemingly unnessecary and defintely forced. the script itself was so lacking and the dialouge so infantile and embarrassingly UNFUNNY that the weak gags Burton has his characters run through are poor respite for his failure to put a smile on the viewer's face. The insultingly inexplicable and cliche ending is good for some incredulous comments. Unwatchable. Expand

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