Tepid Reception for Alice

Critics are not buying the hype on Tim Burton's dark take on Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. It’s sitting at a 58 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The Telegraph writes "What a letdown." The Los Angeles Times agrees, noting that the film feels "more like a Burton derivative than something he actually did himself." Also problematic is the film's timing—as the first 3-D release since Avatar, Alice suffers because Burton filmed in 2-D and converted the footage into 3-D. The result? The movie feels too mired in the old school of 3-D, and comes across as a bit visually strained. All in all, however, a tedious narrative and an overplayed, epic, good vs. evil ending left the L.A. Times critic wishing that the film "felt less like corporate moves and more like situations that came from the heart."