Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
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Tim Burton returns to the dark but fanciful animated style of The Nightmare Before Christmas with this stop-motion black comedy. Victor (voice of Johnny Depp) lives in a small European village in the 19th century, where he is pledged to marry Victoria (voice of Emily Watson), a partnership arranged by their parents. The two only meet the day before their scheduled nuptials, and Victor performs disastrously in the wedding rehearsal. Later that evening, while he is walking through the woods and hopelessly practicing his vows, he puts Victoria's wedding band on what looks like a branch.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As fun as the film occasionally is, it just plays like a compilation of greatest hits."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out New York
"Beneath the bone pile of allusions, Corpse Bride is a darkly enchanting fable in its own right."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Visually, Burton is at his most Edward Gorey-esque in the austere, storybook Victorian land of the living, whilst his contrasting comic underworld summons the spirit of Poe, the personality of Harryhausen and the ephemera of his own back catalogue."
‑ Luke Goodsell, Empire Magazine Australasia
""Better Off Dead" would have been a better title choice for Tim Burton's self-indulgently macabre attempt at creating an animated underworld of gleeful singing corpses."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Burton thinks in intuitive images, and there are sights here that I would love to have framed on my wall."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"They just keep going through the same things over and over again. The songs are forgettable."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Based on a Russian folk tale, Corpse Bride makes for breathtaking viewing."
‑ Teresa Wiltz, Washington Post
"The Corpse Bride may be a bit too melancholy to find a real family audience, but for an adult who hasn't quite given up on happily ever afters and strange goings on in the dark woods, it's just the ticket."
‑ Joshua Starnes, ComingSoon.net
"There is a BEETLEJUICE-type of manic energy %u2014 a sense of imagination run riot that makes the film always worth watching, even when the story loses traction"
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"In the hands of another director, this material could have been dead on arrival, but for Mr. Burton it's dead on."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"All too often, Tim Burton's movies feel like they're covered in flop sweat, as if he's trying too hard and worrying too much. By contrast, Corpse Bride is a cool breeze across the brow."
‑ Tasha Robinson, AV Club
"What makes Corpse Bride sing, ultimately, is the breadth of imagination that it demonstrates; creating a cluttered, textured and mysteriously beautiful world that we're loathe to leave at the end."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Another Burtonesque blur of wise-guy nudging and romantic exhilaration"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A brilliantly animated, deliciously macabre and strangely touching triumph."
‑ Jon Fortgang, Film4
"Everything from the design to Elfman's score suffers from a "been there, done that" feeling."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
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