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

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Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 220
Fresh: 189 | Rotten: 31

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.

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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 46
Fresh: 40 | Rotten: 6

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.

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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

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Apr 1, 2008

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All Critics (220) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (189) | Rotten (31) | DVD (32)

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

November 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A considerable achievement even if, on balance, it's more of a Tim Burton phantasmagoria than a Sondheim fantasia.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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As unsettling as it is riveting. Even Sondheim aficionados will see the story with fresh eyes, unless those eyes are covered.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: NPR.org
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It's as if Burton was born to direct it.

May 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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A thoughtful, sincere and moving film, buttressed by a fine, central performance by an actor at the top of his form.

January 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
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This magnificently realized musical from Stephen Sondheim contains the right blend of emotional pathos, stunning visuals and accessible songs.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
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?

May 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

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

October 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comments (4)
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.

June 12, 2010 Full Review Source: DCist

Elevates a rollicking gorefest into a dark work of art

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

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

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: UGO

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.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly
Fayetteville Free Weekly

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

November 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Comments (3)
Slant Magazine

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

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

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

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

One of the best movies of his career.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com
Bullz-Eye.com

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

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
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.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comments (21)
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.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders
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

Depp does about as well as anyone other than Len Cariou could with his one-note character. Bonham-Carter gives Mrs. Lovett a game stab, but she suffers from all that freaky makeup and lacks the voice of an Angela Lansbury.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan | Comments (2)
San Diego Metropolitan

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

ennui - i'm done with the burton / depp show. just another vehicle for same - albeit a witty tuneful one.
February 16, 2008
brooklynspo

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Review coming soon.
August 20, 2013
spielberg00

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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.
October 12, 2012
Market Man
Eric Shankle

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    1. 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 (3 months ago)
    1. Sweeney Todd: At last my arm is complete again!
    – Submitted by Sheriea J (6 months ago)
    1. Anthony Hope: Mr. Todd you have to help me! Mr. Todd, please!
    2. Sweeney Todd: Out.
    3. Anthony Hope: Mr. Todd!
    4. Sweeney Todd: OUT!!
    5. 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
    6. Mrs. Nellie Lovett: Easy now, hush love hush I keep telling you - Whats your rush?
    7. 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 (15 months ago)
    1. 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 (18 months ago)
    1. Sweeney Todd: I'll come again when you have judge on the menu.
    – Submitted by Rejean G (19 months ago)
    1. Sweeney Todd: There was a barber and his wife, and she was beautiful. A foolish barber and his wife. She was his reason and his life, and she was beautiful. And she was virtuous. And he was...
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (20 months ago)
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