I think I can sum up my feelings about Corpse Bride in one word: disappointing.
Yes, the visuals are stunning, and it is a technological marvel. You could easily mistake it for computer animation, rather than old-fashioned stop-motion. But the story is predictable to the point of being boring, and the music has got to be the least interesting thing Danny Elfman has ever written. Ever.
The acting is fine and all, but it suffers from the Sinbad syndrome. Other than Christopher Lee and Albert Finney, there was no reason to waste money on getting names like Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Tracey Ullman for it. Lee and Finney have unique voices and bring their distinct style to their characters. The rest could have been played by any good, no-name voice actor. (I didn’t even realize Ullman was in it until I looked on IMDb.)
I can’t bring myself to call it a bad movie. It was cute. Really. But, fair comparison or not, it was certainly no Nightmare Before Christmas. Disappointing.