Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Reviews

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Mark Asch
Stop Smiling
September 30, 2014

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

James Berardinelli
Top Critic
December 19, 2007

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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
David D'Arcy
Screen International
December 11, 2007

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.

Dan Callahan
Slant Magazine
November 25, 2008

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

Prairie Miller
March 30, 2008

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.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
October 5, 2010

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

Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle
December 21, 2007

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 | Original Score: 2/5
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
December 18, 2007

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
Erik Childress
December 24, 2007

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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 12, 2008

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

Full Review | Original Score: C+
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
October 16, 2008

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

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Tom Long
Detroit News
Top Critic
December 20, 2007

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 | Original Score: D+
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic
December 21, 2007

[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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone
December 29, 2007

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 18, 2008

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

Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
February 2, 2008

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
February 13, 2008

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
December 21, 2007

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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 18, 2008

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.

Boo Allen
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
December 29, 2007

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

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