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Tim Burton's Corpse Bride Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 5.0

    out of 100

    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    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.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    As an achievement in macabre visual wizardry, Tim Burton's Corpse Bride has to be reckoned some sort of marvel.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Features the season's most tragic heroine along with some of the liveliest dead people ever seen on film.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    This stop-action animated feature is downright sweet and tender, as well as all the other things we've come to expect from him -- funny, bizarre, graphically stunning and blithely necrophilic.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 10+

Magical, with scares most 10-year-olds can handle.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie includes multiple references to dead bodies, skeletons, decay, and death, though all in good fun. The corpse bride's eye pops out occasionally, to show the talking maggot who lives inside and offers romantic advice. The story concerns a young man and woman who meet for a marriage arranged by their parents, both families in need of money. The young man's betrothal to the corpse bride leads him to contemplate his own death, in order to fit in with her friends. Song and dance numbers feature skeletons, corpses, and ghosts. Both sets of parents are using their children to achieve money and status. And when the live bride-to-be asks the local pastor for help, the film raises questions concerning the effectiveness of organized religion.

  • Families can talk about the dilemma facing Victor, who comes to love both the corpse bride and his arranged bride and so must choose between them.
  • How do Victor's and Victoria's parents pressure them to marry?
  • How might Victor have handled the confusion he felt differently to avoid hurting Victoria's or the Corpse Bride's feelings?

The good stuff
  • message true4

    Messages: Love and selflessness are presented neatly in this quirky fairy tale.

  • rolemodels true4

    Role models: The central characters are intensely well-meaning; the evil villain never stood a chance agaisnt them. They are thoughtful, caring and, for the most part, unselfish. The main character, Emily, ascends to heaven after she has released Victor to his true love, Victoria, and protects him from a dastardly villain.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Some scariness (crows in trees, talking skeletons, and dead bodies with rotting flesh and maggots).

  • sex false0

    Sex: Not an issue

  • language false0

    Language: Some spicy sayings but nothing too out of line.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The skeletons drink, but it's clearly fantasy.