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Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)



Critic Consensus: Alice Through the Looking Glass is just as visually impressive as its predecessor, but that isn't enough to cover for an underwhelming story that fails to live up to its classic characters.

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In Disney's "Alice Through the Looking Glass," an all-new spectacular adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll's beloved stories, Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter. Directed by James Bobin, who brings his own unique vision to the spectacular world Tim Burton created on screen in 2010 with "Alice in Wonderland," the film is written by Linda Woolverton based on characters created by Lewis Carroll and produced by Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd and Jennifer Todd and Tim Burton with John G. Scotti serving as executive producer. "Alice Through the Looking Glass" reunites the all-star cast from the worldwide blockbuster phenomenon, including: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter along with the voices of Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall. We are also introduced to several new characters: Zanik Hightopp (Rhys Ifans), the Mad Hatter's father and Time himself (Sacha Baron Cohen), a peculiar creature who is part human, part clock. Alice Kingsleigh (Wasikowska) has spent the past few years following in her father's footsteps and sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a magical looking glass and returns to the fantastical realm of Underland and her friends the White Rabbit (Sheen), Absolem (Rickman), the Cheshire Cat (Fry) and the Mad Hatter (Depp), who is not himself. The Hatter has lost his Muchness, so Mirana (Hathaway) sends Alice on a quest to borrow the Chronosphere, a metallic globe inside the chamber of the Grand Clock which powers all time. Returning to the past, she comes across friends - and enemies - at different points in their lives, and embarks on a perilous race to save the Hatter before time runs out. Presented in Digital 3D(TM), Real D 3D and IMAX (R) 3D, Disney's "Alice Through the Looking Glass" opens in U.S. theaters on May 27, 2016.

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Mia Wasikowska
as Alice Kingsleigh
Johnny Depp
as Mad Hatter
Anne Hathaway
as The White Queen
Helena Bonham Carter
as The Red Queen
Rhys Ifans
as Zanik Hightopp
Matt Lucas
as Tweedeldee/Tweedledum, Tweedledee/Tweedledum
Ed Speleers
as James Harcourt
Alan Rickman
as Blue Caterpillar
Frances de la Tour
as Aunt Imogene
Lindsay Duncan
as Helen Kingsleigh
Stephen Fry
as Cheshire Cat
Matt Vogel
as Wilkins
Leo Bill
as Lord Hamish Ascot
Geraldine James
as Lady Ascot
Andrew Scott
as Dr. Addison Bennet
Michael Sheen
as White Rabbit
Richard Armitage
as King Oleron
Paul Hunter
as Chess King
Wally Wingert
as Humpty Dumpty
Meera Syal
as Nobody
Hattie Morahan
as Queen Elsewhere
Joanna Bobin
as Alexandra
Louis Serkis
as Young Hatter
Amelia Crouch
as Young Mirana
Leilah de Meza
as Young Iracebeth
Simone Kirby
as Tyva Hightopp
Joe Hurst
as Bim Hightopp
Siobhan Redmond
as Bumalig Hightopp
Oliver Hawkes
as Young Bim Hightopp
Frederick Warder
as Poomally Hightopp
Oliver Hawkes
as Young Bim Hightopp
Eve Hedderwick Turner
as Paloo Hightopp
Tom Godwin
as Pimlick Hightopp
Jamie Baughan
as First Mate
Matt Wilman
as Helmsman
Owain Rhys Davies
as Delivery Frog
Edward Petherbridge
as Gentleman Fish
Richard Syms
as Board Member
Neil Edmond
as Footman
Edd Osmond
as Blue Suit Performer
Christian Wolf-La'Moy
as European gent in rickshaw
Sarah Crowden
as Stern Lady
Alexander Bracq
as Witzender / Vendor
Karol Steele
as Patient
Craig Mather
as Tweedles Acting Stand -in
Mark Jury
as Stevedore
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Critic Reviews for Alice Through the Looking Glass

All Critics (260) | Top Critics (63)

The film misses Burton's odd charm, is largely devoid of humour and, in spite of Hathaway, Depp and Bonham Carter, is mostly a waste of time.

August 14, 2019 | Full Review…

[A] bland, overblown, characterless spectacle.

December 31, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

While little touches here and there can't help but excite the senses, the lack of a nuanced story or intriguing characterizations makes maintaining interest for all two hours utterly ridiculous.

August 9, 2016 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

A movie could not have less to do with its source material than Alice Through the Looking Glass, a listless sequel that is a dizzying array of mediocrity.

August 1, 2016 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

As expected, 'Alice' is a visual extravaganza-at times eye-popping. So much to take in, it borders on exhausting. Still James Bobin and his team have created an environment which is a pleasure to behold...

June 17, 2016 | Full Review…

Screenwriter Linda Woolverton shows considerable ingenuity in the way she creates backstories for Lewis Carroll's characters.

June 3, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Alice Through the Looking Glass


Through the Looking Glass has more going for it that exceeds the shallow action exhibition of its predecessor, however I think all the excessive visuals deter much from the human aspect of the film. The sequel is a winding lesson about accepting the past, moving forward and family. In all of it's visual spender it feels as though these core themes simply don't resonate the way they could at any point. The wooden relationships between the characters are likely to blame, they often feel superficial without any context. If only Burton spent as much time on giving them the heart that they deserved instead of making a CGI fiesta.

Drake Tsui
Drake Tsui

Super Reviewer


James Bobin tones down Underland in Alice Through the Looking Glass. Traveling a 110 minutes, the film has an interesting story to tell. Time travel has the habit of peeking interest and it does so here. With that said, the quirkiness and overall fun fantasy piece that is the Underland universe is light and overpowered with a more serious tone. As expected the CG is on overload, leaving a colorful and pleasing look to the eyes. With as much CG as there is, it definitely has its ups and downs, but it works in this picture's favor more than it hurts. The likes of Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter, and Anne Hathaway reprise roles successfully. No award winning performances here; just good clean fun characters. Not as over the top as expecting, Sacha Baron Cohen is a pleasant surprise. Alice Through the Looking Glass never busts through the glass, but merely crosses through it.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer


Alice Through the Looking Glass is a wackadoodle free-for-all with a CGI budget that's roughly the GDP of an island nation. Every scene of this haphazardly plotted film bursts with more computer generated imagery than the human eye can even absorb. Each display vies for the viewer's attention as effect is heaped upon effect. One exhibition competes with the next for space within the frame. There is little relief from the uninterrupted excess. The crowded extravaganza is so staggeringly overindulgent, it's vulgar. I've played with kaleidoscopes that had a more coherent narrative. Meanwhile Johnny Depp minces with abandon as the Mad Hatter, lisping all the while in another fey performance so cloying it inspired me to brush my teeth afterward for fear I might get cavities. Helena Bonham Carter, so wonderful as the Red Queen in the last film, bickers with her sister to the point of annoyance. Her decades old hate for her sibling, the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), revealed as having originated as a lie to the question "Who ate these tarts?" There is little story. Just effects. Alice Through The Looking Glass is stridently obscene in its desire to distract and confuse. The production is focused on satiating the basest component of visual desire and nothing more. It's offensive.

Mark Hobin
Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

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