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Alice

Alice

1988
Fantasy, Adventure
1h 26m
A memorably bizarre screen version of Lewis Carroll's novel 'Alice in Wonderland', mixing one live actor (Alice) with a huge variety of sinister animated puppets (imdb)
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Alice

1988
Fantasy, Adventure
1h 26m
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Rated 15 Jul 2009
30
13th
What started out with something that had a lot of promise, creepiness and some cool animation, the movie went downhill fast as the repeated use of "said the white rabbit" became so annoying and completely disrupted the flow of the movie. Take that out and the movie is watchable.
Rated 21 Oct 2007
65
25th
Overall, clever and unique, but I still would've rather skipped it. I don't get into this idea of the children's story with a dark, edgy twist to it. However, this isn't such a bad take on the Alice tale. It features a lot of Svankmajer's trademark decay, disorder, and death-images, but it also maintains the whimsy and anything-goes surreality of Carroll's work. However, the tea party is a tedious repetitive affair. Most egregious is the handling of dialogue: Brechtian, but annoying as hell.
Rated 12 Jan 2009
90
94th
I can watch this over and over again. The environments and sound work are fantastic. Might have been just as interesting without the narration.
Rated 23 Jan 2009
30
1st
The animation is the only part of this movie that doesn't suck, and even the animation is constantly truncated by the misused and terrible sound effects, lack of plot, bad acting, insanely bad dialog, and repeated catch phrase; Alice's "said the white rabbit".
Rated 02 Aug 2009
82
72nd
Delicious ideas! Svankmajer's morbid mind has the wonderful virtues of cleverness and visual wit. The White Rabbit is the creepiest bunny I've seen (and I've seen lots of 'em). The only bad idea in this movie is the repetitive dialogue tags, said the White Rabbit.
Rated 28 Dec 2009
68
49th
Visually intriguing and pleasingly warped, but ultimately it feels hollow. The arm's length dialogue/narration and non-existent score make this world feel emptier than it should. While this leads to some frustration during the more repetitive scenes, its creativity saves it from banality. Won't blow your mind, but should at least set a little fire on top of your head.
Rated 14 Mar 2010
30
2nd
Awful ugly and boring and every 5 minutes watching a close-up of a mouth. Bizarre indeed !!
Rated 23 Nov 2010
89
85th
BY FAR one of the best variants; and the only to capture the dark, politically charged undertones of the original writing. This is also one of the few that leaves you walking away with the book's intended 'how real was it' ideas. The ONLY Alice in Wonderland film to truly delve into the writer's no-so-overt study of where does the line between fantasy and reality end.
Rated 15 Dec 2010
64
43rd
I can appreciate the craftsmanship that went into this production, but it never really grabbed me. Alice just moves from weird set piece to weird set piece and then it ends. The drab colors and filthy locations started to wear me down after a while.
Rated 19 Jul 2007
89
78th
Frightening, fantastic take on the well-known story.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
93
96th
Wow, not only does the stop motion kick ass, but as does the interpretation of Carol's wonderful story. The true narrative is not compromised as it is in Disney's, and the true creative insanity of the book is able to come to the surface.
Rated 31 Dec 2007
70
40th
Jan Svankmajer is always interesting, but it's really hard to stretch his style out over a full-length movie. Worth seeing once, but Svankmajer's best work lies in his shorts.
Rated 28 Feb 2008
89
44th
I love Svankmajer's animation and his obsession with decay and flesh. I understand the point as a surrealist for him to keep the motif of the closeups of Alice's lips after every phrase, but that didn't make it less aggravating. Would be a great movie if not for that, I feel.
Rated 17 May 2008
75
44th
Utterly bizarre. You'd expect an adaptation of Alice to be strange but this really goes way beyond that. It's worth watching for the wondrously creative visuals and it's unique take on a classic story. That said, it somehow felt like it was missing the adventurous spirit of Alice and was rather uninvolving and distant.
Rated 31 May 2008
7
67th
Svankmajer is an amazing animator with incredible talent. I didn't like it as much as I would have hoped, but the animation alone is worth checking out.
Rated 29 Jan 2009
76
41st
Too creepy to be a children's film and too tame to be horror. It's curious, but it's too familiar to feel compelling. It's Alice in Wonderland as you always knew it, but with a slightly darker atmosphere.
Rated 15 Jun 2009
56
21st
There is some good mad moments but , man, it is boring...
Rated 14 Oct 2009
6
95th
Surreal tomfoolery of this level is rarely so engaging, especially with such familiar material. I could have stayed with Svankmajer's gleeful morbidity for at least twenty minutes more.
Rated 15 Jan 2010
100
98th
No version of Alice in Wonderland will ever reach this level of awesomeness. I'm actually already disappointed with Tim Burton's version, if only because it can't possibly be as accurate to the feel of the book as Svankmajer's version.
Rated 24 Feb 2010
90
82nd
The definitive Alice in Wonderland, although ostensibly more drab and less annoyingly pastel than other adaptations of the story, this one feels less depressingly literal and more surreal and disturbing like the book.
Rated 23 Jun 2010
98
94th
and THIS is how it's done, Tim Burton!!
Rated 03 Jan 2011
100
99th
although some people describe this as creepy or nightmarish, I can't help but feel it's fantastically cheerful. for me it speaks to the wonders of childhood imagination, which can turn everyday objects into living characters
Rated 29 May 2011
80
81st
To fully appreciate this You need to see it at least one more time - it grows on You.
Rated 27 Jun 2011
70
71st
Lewis Carroll's book was full of bizzare twists of logic. The weirdness of the book is captured well by Svankmajer's surrealistic style, but the book relied heavily on games with words. Given that Svankmajer chose to show a close up of a mouth everytime a word is uttered this naturally gets a bit grating after a while. It would have worked brilliantly as a short though!
Rated 25 Jan 2012
30
4th
It was a trial for me. I passed but I don't think I learned.
Rated 22 Feb 2012
7
54th
I like the imagination in Svankmeijer's work, but it often leaves me cold. The animation and design of the thing is fantastic, but that's all it amounts to in the end, really.
Rated 01 Mar 2013
100
99th
This is a favorite of mine. Js makes films that require (and reward) great attentiveness, as though you are in on his shared hallucination. I have greatly enjoyed watching with smart children, who take advantage of the lack of soundtrack to add more narration. This vision of Alice in wonderland is menacing and crackling with imagination. Not for everyone! Too frightening even for some adults - my own little fellow traveller is an artistic (Alice-like) 6-year-old.
Rated 08 Jun 2015
40
7th
Chapped lips reading obvious things. Worst narration idea ever. Said me.
Rated 15 Apr 2017
70
65th
In terms of technique, it's very impressive. And even though it might turn out to be too strange for you, it's so weird and different that it's definitely worth checking out.
Rated 03 Dec 2006
77
64th
Creepy
Rated 03 Jan 2007
93
92nd
Alice estreava há 35 anos em Londres. Ainda é a minha versão favorita da obra de Lewis Carroll (e olha que gosto bastante da versão do Jonathan Miller também), ninguém levou o nonsense de Alice às últimas consequências como Svankmajer, narrativa e tecnicamente. DVD OP.
Rated 24 Mar 2007
80
95th
Amazing.
Rated 06 Apr 2007
76
70th
"Said the white rabbit.." Alice in Wonderland as only Jan Svankmajer could have created. "Alice" has provided me with a lifetime appreciation for all things surrealist and junk around the house.
Rated 11 Mar 2009
65
47th
Svankmajer freebases brilliance, but it's hard to sustain this kind of thing over the length of a feature.
Rated 19 Mar 2009
80
57th
Good length. Good width.
Rated 07 Apr 2009
87
74th
Una forma de retratar u cuento de hadas, de una forma muy diferente a la del punto de vista de todas las personas, un uso magistral de la literatura de lewis visto desde un punto de vista mas artistico.
Rated 05 Sep 2009
85
25th
Macabre and freak.
Rated 06 Apr 2010
76
76th
Could have been trimmed by 15 minutes for a much better finished product. As it was I found my eyes wandering.
Rated 07 Dec 2010
65
57th
I automatically fall for those kind of imaginative odd stuff, but this film didn't blow my mind. It's decent, there are a few great parts and as I already said, I always like those kind of stuff, but it had much more potential and could be amazing.
Rated 12 Sep 2011
100
97th
Almost continuing on with his short film Jabberwocky - which combined another Lewis Carroll work with his take on childhood - Svankmajer made a pretty faithful telling of the famous story as his first feature film, his trademark 'man-made' stop motion animation and surrealist imagination matching a surrealist story perfectly like a glove on a hand. It's at times grotesque and weird, other times amusing and lively, and never feels pointless.
Rated 17 Sep 2011
92
79th
I find this to be an intriguing way of telling the story and I have a lot of appreciation for Jan Svankmajer's creativity here. It's not creepy, but I think describing it as a little darker is the most accurate way to put it. It's not the sort of movie I can watch over and over, but every once in a while I can thoroughly enjoy it.
Rated 24 Dec 2011
62
17th
An interesting film with some excellent puppetry and a fascinating look, but it's pacing issues do it in. Too much time is spent on single scenes with the same thing happening over and over again. The story rarely feels like it's moving at all and for such a short film it can feel twice as long at times. Still worth a view, it's a visually wonderful movie and something incredibly unique.
Rated 18 Mar 2012
59
29th
The quality of the animation is the big draw here. Jan Svankmajer is always one for quality stop-motion with a really bizarre art style. The whole thing flows pretty weirdly though. It feels like it's more about the sights and sounds, and less about telling a story. Of course, Alice in Wonderland didn't have a fantastic plot to begin with. It's just a little odd how there's no musical score, and the only dialogue is some occasional narration from the little girl.
Rated 22 Feb 2013
80
68th
Not as good as I was expecting, but that's probably my fault for letting my expectations get too high. It's very leisurely paced; I found a big section in the middle very boring, with several stretches where Alice is just stuck in a room, one after the other. The sound design is so bad it put my teeth on edge (crinkle crackle crunching), and apparently the only version available is this god-awful English dub, so that didn't help. It's pretty fun though, despite all that. No masterpiece, but fun.
Rated 21 May 2013
67
75th
Upon first impression, this film looks like a wonderful, dark interpretation of Alice in Wonderland, but soon the plot gets repetitive (Alenka just goes from one hole to another, from one drawer to the next that looks exactly like the first; she gets big, then she gets small and big again, and so forth). Towards the end, I was bored and this film feels longer than it really is. However, stop-motion animation is wonderful. Once you've seen one Svankmajer's film you'll recognize him every time.
Rated 19 Jul 2013
93
98th
An imagining of "Alice in Wonderland" that's guaranteed to give any child nightmares - and I love it just for that - but it's a stop-motion masterpiece on the whole. The creativity, especially during the first half of the film, seems absolutely relentless.
Rated 13 Aug 2013
88
95th
87.500
Rated 23 Aug 2013
25
5th
Alice harikalar diyarinda uyarlamasi, çekmece, stop motion, tavsan, iskambil kagidi, kurabiye, büyükmek ve kücülmek (Teknik olarak stop motion tekniginin çok fazla kullanildigi bir filmdir. Teknik olarak ilgi çekici olabilir ama seyir keyfi olarak oldukça keyifsiz bir film oldugunu belirtmem lazim. Üstelik tavsanin konusmayip, Alice'in yakin plan yapilmis dudaklarinin gösterilmesi ve Alice'in tavsan bunu dedi demesi filmi daha da çekilmez kildi.)
Rated 03 Oct 2013
85
81st
Less of a film for kids and more of a film for introverted, misanthropic nihilists. This film gave me feelings of despair, worry, intense bemusement, claustrophobia, and slight nausea. This all may be due to the confined, industrial, and unapologetically creepy vibe this film gives off via its unique cinematography, sets, sound design, and mix of film-making styles.
Rated 02 May 2014
90
72nd
Manages to extract the usual kiddy flair of the Lewis Carroll novel without taking away from the overall charm.
Rated 22 Aug 2014
99
87th
Lovely gothic interpretation of Alice in Wonderland. I've seen pretty much all of the films created by this greatest gothic story for big and small children ever written, and I must admit this one is the closest to the feeling conveyed in the novel itself. The gloomy, the crooked, the weird, the undead, zombified universe of the underground, a wild nightmare if you will.
Rated 27 Oct 2014
98
99th
i want to live in this world
Rated 12 Nov 2014
81
83rd
More dreamlike or nightmarish than any other incarnation of Alice and very knowingly omits the fairy tale aspect of the story, namely the innocence of its protagonist. The design and animation of wonderland is wickedly creative and the atmosphere is properly creepy and surreal. The pacing is all over the place and it may seem like a collection of lovely surreal shorts rather than a coherent feature film. It's still a fascinating, entertaining and well crafted interpretation of a classic story.
Rated 10 Dec 2017
73
54th
the animation is technically extremely impressive but the whole thing feels cold and leaves me bored
Rated 09 Sep 2019
30
5th
this girl can't catch a break...
Rated 25 Jun 2020
80
78th
A different and slightly darker take on Alice in Wonderland. I loved the stop-motion parts, as they often seemed to evolve directly from Alice's own possessions (which is likely truer to the original story). A little repetitive in parts; I also disliked Alice's blank expression throughout, although I understand that helped "merge" her with her doll persona.
Rated 26 May 2021
85
50th
Really bizarre adventure
Rated 30 Aug 2021
86
61st
No room! No room! No room!
Rated 27 Apr 2022
90
79th
A nightmarish adaptation of Alice in Wonderland that is full of amazing visuals the whole way through the integration with the stop motion is awesome, captures the most bizarre elements of Wonderland and somehow makes them even more strange.
Rated 13 Mar 2023
70
67th
Alice in Wonderland in a surreal world of Svankmajer.
Rated 17 Jun 2023
84
82nd
One of the more bizarre films I've seen, this version of Alice in Wonderland seems more interested in having the viewer experience the surrealist and bizarreness of Wonderland than watch Alice experience it. Creepy, unsettling, weird, and completely one of a kind. I didn't always absolutely love it--it feels a bit detached to say the least, but it's totally fascinatingly done, and I'll always highly value something that's completely unlike anything I've seen before.
Rated 10 Oct 2023
81
86th
Švankmajer strips out almost all of the dialogue and yet somehow retains the feel of Alice; that feel being how completely amorally deranged childhood imagination can be, piecing together nightmares from bits and bobs and anthromorphicized objects. The choice to have Alice - or more precisely, a close-up of Alice's mouth, because body parts have agency in Švankmajer's world - narrate the whole thing; the constant look of shock on the rabbit's face; this is a spell.

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