Alice Through the Looking Glass Reviews: A Wonder or a Blunder?

Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter in Alice Through the Looking Glass
Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter in Alice Through the Looking Glass

Alice Through the Looking Glass Reviews: What the Critics Say

After watching “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” the only thing most critics were left to wonder about was why the film ever got made.

Crawling into theaters Friday with a 28 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, this follow-up to 2010’s “Alice in Wonderland,” with Mia Wasikowska returning as Alice and Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, got a thorough bashing by reviewers.

“‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ … should have been called ‘Alice in Blunder Land.’ From a complete disregard of Lewis Carroll’s book to a convoluted tale of time travel, the sequel falls apart faster than Humpty Dumpty on a trampoline”Rick Bentley, The Fresno Bee

Johnny Depp Is More Morose Than Mad as Mad Hatter, Say Alice Through the Looking Glass Reviews

Not even Depp could save this one, many critics say.

“’Alice Through the Looking Glass’ is rarely more tiresome than when it’s probing the Hatter’s deep-seated daddy issues. … Depp, again sporting multihued makeup and a Carrot Top wig, isn’t playing Mad so much as Morose as he tries — with simpering, sometimes nauseating results — to unlock the tragic clown within”Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times 

Nor, they say, could the comedic talents of Sacha Baron Cohen as Time.

“Though his character oversees life and death, Cohen has the gravity of a flea. He’s supposed to be menacing, profound, comic or pathetic by turns, but Time remains a dull chap with curled mustaches, curdled wit and the accent of a B-grade actor playing a Nazi in a World War II movie”Lawrence Toppman, The Charlotte Observer

And nor, they say, could Anne Hathaway as Mirana.

“Almost everyone involved looks so bummed out to be there. Three years ago, Anne Hathaway won an Academy Award. She’s one of the most famous actors in the world. But here she is, playing second fiddle to an animated cat, with literally nothing to do in this movie. She sits a lot”Mike Ryan, Uproxx

The Positive Alice Through the Looking Glass Reviews Note Film’s Look, Low Bar to Rise Above

The few critics who warmed to the film at least admired it for its look.

“You certainly get your 20 bucks worth of spectacle out of ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass.’ So breathtaking are the landscapes, so whimsical are the creatures, so marvelous are the marvels that I wanted to give a standing ovation to whoever signed the check to pay for all this. Expensiver and expensiver!”Kyle Smith, New York Post

And other positive offered compliments of the backhanded variety.

“Wasikowska gives it her all, and Cohen shines, but while this is a better film than the first, that was a low bar to reach” — Andrew Lowry, Empire