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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 221
Fresh: 189
Rotten: 32

Critics Consensus: Full of pith and Grand Guignol grossness, this macabre musical is perfectly helmed and highly entertaining. Tim Burton masterfully stages the musical in a way that will make you think he has done this many times before.

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 48
Fresh: 42
Rotten: 6

Critics Consensus: Full of pith and Grand Guignol grossness, this macabre musical is perfectly helmed and highly entertaining. Tim Burton masterfully stages the musical in a way that will make you think he has done this many times before.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 1,692,843

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Movie Info

Stephen Sondheim's award-winning musical thriller comes to the big screen in this adaptation directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Timothy Spall, and Alan Rickman. Embittered at having been wrongly imprisoned and determined to seek vengeance against his accusers due to the grim fate that befell his wife and daughter while he was incarcerated, ex-convict Sweeny Todd (Depp) returns to his hometown and opens a modest barber shop. The one thing … More

Rating:
R (for graphic bloody violence)
Genre:
Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
John Logan
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Apr 1, 2008
Box Office:
$52.8M
Runtime:
DreamWorks/Paramount Studios - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

All Critics (221) | Top Critics (48) | Fresh (189) | Rotten (32) | DVD (32)

This is grand-scale studio-work at its most beguiling.

Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

A considerable achievement even if, on balance, it's more of a Tim Burton phantasmagoria than a Sondheim fantasia.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

As unsettling as it is riveting. Even Sondheim aficionados will see the story with fresh eyes, unless those eyes are covered.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

The movie may substitute Grand Guignol for laughs at times, but it's spectacularly stylized -- each throat-slashing exceptional -- persuasively sung, and imaginatively adapted for the screen.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
NPR.org
Top Critic

It's as if Burton was born to direct it.

Full Review… | May 22, 2008
Seattle Times
Top Critic

A thoughtful, sincere and moving film, buttressed by a fine, central performance by an actor at the top of his form.

Full Review… | January 24, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

Sweeney Todd is maybe a bit too Grand for its own good. It's all danse, no macabre.

Full Review… | September 30, 2014
Stop Smiling

This magnificently realized musical from Stephen Sondheim contains the right blend of emotional pathos, stunning visuals and accessible songs.

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
Digital Spy

It's gross but will it gross? Burton and Depp's cannibal musical is an especially acquired taste - Oliver! reimagined by Eli Roth. Brave, brutal... ballads?

Full Review… | May 27, 2011
Total Film

Looks incredible, like a moving painting, but it's absolutely mediocre...

Full Review… | October 5, 2010
Cinema Crazed

Sweeney Todd may just be that rare musical with broad appeal to audiences who might normally say they don't care for the genre.

Full Review… | June 12, 2010

Elevates a rollicking gorefest into a dark work of art

Full Review… | August 27, 2009
CinePassion

This is a remarkable piece of work for people who like their genres all mashed together in a meat grinder.

Full Review… | August 14, 2009

Sweeney Todd is a throat-slasher of a motion picture. It creates a new genre -- the slasher musical. Adapted from the Tony-winning Broadway musical by Stephen Sondheim, it's the tuneful tale of cutthroat's revenge.

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Filming a major Broadway musical has always been trouble for moviemakers; none of them seem to work.

Full Review… | November 25, 2008
Slant Magazine

[Burton's] vision of a dark and smoggy nineteenth century London, with muted colors, is perfect for the music and the story.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Three Movie Buffs

Depp's staggering performance perfectly merges the story's humour, horror and romance into a serious punch to the gut.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Shadows on the Wall

One of the best movies of his career.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Bullz-Eye.com

Burton was born to film this strange and spooky chamber piece.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Times [UK]

The film suffers from a relentless emphasis on bland, thoroughly forgettable musical numbers whose sameness inevitably lends the proceedings a distinctly oppressive quality.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Reel Film Reviews

It is grand guignol with music that will bewitch the uninitiated -- and probably outrage those who know and love the score, especially when it's sung decently.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Entertainment Insiders

In all honesty, neither Depp nor Carter possess stage-quality voices. Instead, both muster emotional performances that sell the parts without selling the music.

October 18, 2008
Reel.com

Audience Reviews for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

A musical slasher flick that is just beyond fun. This is Tim Burton and if you dont care for him dont watch but if you do this is a good one.

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jmanard52
John Manard

Super Reviewer

ennui - i'm done with the burton / depp show. just another vehicle for same - albeit a witty tuneful one.

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brooklynspo
Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

½

Review coming soon.

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spielberg00
Alexander Diminiano

Super Reviewer

I normally don't like musicals but "Sweeney Todd" is an exception. The story is powerful and is accompanied with some decent songs. It gets brutal at times and the meat pies are downright disgusting. But still, it's very entertaining.

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Market Man
Eric Shankle

Super Reviewer

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Quotes


Sweeney Todd:
There's a hole in the world, like a great black pit. And the vermin of the world inhabit it. And it's morals aren't worth what a pig could spit. And it goes by the name of London. On top of the hole sits the privileged few, making mock of the vermin in the lower zoo. Turning beauty into filth and greed. I too, have sailed the world and seen it's wonders. For the cruelty of men is as wondrous as Peru. But there's no place like London.
– Submitted by Woods F (4 months ago)
Sweeney Todd:
Look at me, Mrs Lovett! Look at you! No, we all deserve to die... Even you, Mrs Lovett, even I! Because the lives of the wicked should be made brief. For the rest of us death will be a relief. We all deserve to die...
– Submitted by Justine Mari M (9 months ago)
Sweeney Todd:
At last my arm is complete again!
– Submitted by Sheriea J (12 months ago)
Anthony Hope:
Mr. Todd you have to help me! Mr. Todd, please!
Sweeney Todd:
Out.
Anthony Hope:
Mr. Todd!
Sweeney Todd:
OUT!!
Sweeney Todd:
No I had him! His throat was bare beneath my hand. No I had him! His throat was there and now he'll never come again
Mrs. Nellie Lovett:
Easy now, hush love hush I keep telling you - Whats your rush?
Sweeney Todd:
When? Why do I wait? You told me to wait - Now he'll never come again. There's a hole in the world like a great black pit And it's filled with people who are filled with shit! And the vermin of the world inhabit it. But not for long... They all deserve to die. Tell you why, Mrs. Lovett, tell you why. Because in all of the whole human race Mrs. Lovett, there are two kinds of men and only two There's the one staying put in his proper place And the one with his foot in the other one's face Look at me, Mrs Lovett, look at you.
– Submitted by Sophie L (22 months ago)
Sweeney Todd:
And though I'll think of you, I guess, until the day I die, I think I miss you less and less as every day goes by.
– Submitted by Jenna L (2 years ago)
Sweeney Todd:
I'll come again when you have judge on the menu.
– Submitted by Rejean G (2 years ago)

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