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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Reviews

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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In the end, the real problem with the Demon Barber of Fleet Street is that he's not as bloody fun as he should be.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 19, 2007
David D'Arcy
Screen International

Since Sweeney Todd premiered in 1979, screen serial killers have multiplied like so many disposable razors. Making the audience feel something more than the thrill of watching movie stars is the challenge here, and Sweeney Todd somehow cuts itself short.

Full Review Source: Screen International

December 11, 2007
Dan Callahan
Slant Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine

November 25, 2008
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze

Depp as the malevolent, pasty faced serenading barber chopping away at assorted customer throats while in razor rage meltdown, can't seem to carry a tune quite as impressively as a deadly weapon. Could bring beards back into fashion in a jiffy.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

March 30, 2008
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

October 5, 2010
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle

Poor Depp isn't up to the challenge of a musical. He may look menacing with his ivory skin and flashing eyes, but he sings like he's three drinks into a night at the local karaoke bar.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

December 21, 2007
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly

Revenge is a dish best served cold, exactly how I was left after watching Helena Bonham Carter butcher a cheeky star turn in Tim Burton's cutthroat musical.

| Original Score: 2/4

December 18, 2007
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com

Should have been a standing triple for Burton to hit off the wall instead of hitting it head-on until the guignol nature became less than grand.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 24, 2007
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Isn't cannibalism and the slitting of throats a hoot!

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

January 12, 2008
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

There is much to like in Burton's Sweeney Todd and much not to like, a rather hit-and-miss affair.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 6/10

October 16, 2008
Tom Long
Detroit News
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A cheeky, good-looking splatter fest that humorlessly shoves the grimness of Stephen Sondheim's stage musical in the viewer's face. The result: ugh.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: D+

December 20, 2007
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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[Sweeney Todd] is a wonder to behold, but only those with Burton's acquired tastes would want to sample a pie overstuffed with such joylessness.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 21, 2007

Love the play, but this film adaptation left a bad taste in my mouth.

Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 29, 2007
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

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 Source: Reel Film Reviews

October 18, 2008
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

Tim Burton takes his trademarks and destroys one of theater's great musicals.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 2/4

February 2, 2008
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

Un musical soporífero y sangriento que parecía ideal para la macabra imaginación de Tim Burton, pero que resulta una verdadera decepción.

Full Review Source: Uruguay Total | Original Score: 2/5

February 13, 2008
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

A movie musical for people who don't like musicals, in the way that -- for example -- Kenneth Branagh's 'Frankenstein' was a horror movie for people who don't like horror movies.

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 21, 2007
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

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.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

October 18, 2008
Boo Allen
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

Great idea--a musical with actors who can't sing.

Full Review

December 29, 2007
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies

The material, a Gothic yarn of bloody revenge, seems specially suited for the macabre hand of Tim Burton, but alas, such is not the case.

Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies | Original Score: 2/4

December 20, 2007
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