Review: ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, from the Lewis Carroll classic, is a major disappointment. Superior stylistic settings and often terrific process effects are largely wasted by the limp, lifeless pacing of adapter-director William Sterling.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, from the Lewis Carroll classic, is a major disappointment. Superior stylistic settings and often terrific process effects are largely wasted by the limp, lifeless pacing of adapter-director William Sterling.

The secret of family-film conception is providing interest to all age groups. Some such films forget teenagers and adults in favor of catering strictly to moppets. This film largely forgets all audience segments in favor of static tableaux and one-two-three-kick direction, and even the John Barry-Don Black score of 16 tunes is confined to key largo.

Fiona Fullerton is a pleasantly bland Alice as are all other players. The film just lies there, and dies there, for 96 minutes.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

UK

Production

Fox-Rank. Director William Sterling; Producer Derek Horne; Writer William Sterling; Camera Geoffrey Unsworth Editor Peter Weatherley; Music John Barry Art Michael Stringer

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1972. Running time: 96 MIN.

With

Fiona Fullerton Michael Crawford Ralph Richardson Flora Robson Peter Sellers Robert Helpmann
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  1. allanwils says:

    I keep seeing this review quoted, all over the Net. trouble is as member of quite a few Alice groups, this review is totally at odds with most Fans thoughts on this version. It is always near the top of peoples ‘Best lists’

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