Tim Burton's Corpse Bride

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
  • PG
  • 1h 17m
  • 2005
Certified Fresh84%
Common Sense Media Iconage 10+
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Returning to the painstaking stop-motion animation he employed with amazing success in The Nightmare Before Christmas, Tim Burton presents a hair-raising legend based on a 19th-century Russian folktale, in which a young man mistakenly weds a corpse while on a two-day trek to the village of his real bride-to-be. It is up to the groom's flesh-and-blood fiancée, who has been pining for the arrival of her intended, to face her wraith-like rival and make peace with her by promising to live her dreams for her and by vowing to remember her always. Only then are the living bride and groom free to proceed with their own wedding ceremony in the warmhearted fable Tim Burton's Corpse Bride.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Certified Fresh84%
Critics Consensus: As can be expected from a Tim Burton movie, Corpse Bride is whimsically macabre, visually imaginative, and emotionally bittersweet.
Reviews
Time Out
Dave Calhoun
Rotten

As fun as the film occasionally is, it just plays like a compilation of greatest hits.

June 21, 2017
Entertainment Weekly
Fresh

June 21, 2017
Ebert & Roeper
Richard Roeper
Rotten

They just keep going through the same things over and over again. The songs are forgettable.

January 29, 2019
AV Club
Tasha Robinson
Fresh

All too often, Tim Burton's movies feel like they're covered in flop sweat, as if he's trying too...

January 29, 2019
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Joe Williams
Fresh

Beneath the bone pile of allusions, Corpse Bride is a darkly enchanting fable in its own right.

January 29, 2019
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Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media Iconage 10+
Common Sense Says
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.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Horror
  • Release Date:September 16, 2005
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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