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The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera (2005)



Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 166
Fresh: 54 | Rotten: 112

The music of the night has hit something of a sour note: Critics are calling the screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's popular musical histrionic, boring, and lacking in both romance and danger. Still, some have praised the film for its sheer spectacle.


Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 28

The music of the night has hit something of a sour note: Critics are calling the screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's popular musical histrionic, boring, and lacking in both romance and danger. Still, some have praised the film for its sheer spectacle.



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One of the most popular stage musicals in the history of Broadway and London's West End makes its long-awaited arrival on the motion-picture screen in this lavish adaptation directed by Joel Schumacher. Christine (Emmy Rossum) is a beautiful and gifted young woman who longs to join the company of the Paris Opera House. During rehearsals for one of the opera's grand productions, a backdrop falls and crashes to the floor, nearly crushing leading lady Carlotta (Minnie Driver). When several members

May 3, 2005


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All Critics (174) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (54) | Rotten (112) | DVD (33)

My own reaction to the current version fashioned by Mr. Schumacher is one of pure stupefaction.

January 27, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Observer | Comment (1)
New York Observer
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The plot is impressively free of anything that does not smell of unpasteurized melodrama.

January 15, 2005 | Comment (1)
New Yorker
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Takes everything that's wrong with Broadway and puts it on the big screen in a gaudy splat.

December 27, 2004 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)
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This guy's not the Phantom of the Opera, he's the Fashionably Scarred Stud of the Opera and that just doesn't work.

December 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper | Comments (4)
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Joel Schumacher's film adaptation of Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera combines fingernails-on- blackboard audio agony with bamboo- under- fingernails physical torture.

December 23, 2004 | Comments (3)
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The movie version of Lloyd Webber's swooning 1986 horror operetta has been directed, by Joel Schumacher, as if Schumacher were the world's hardest-working upholstery salesman.

December 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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cinematically translated Webber's musical adaptation as well as humanly possible,

February 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews

The whole production feels cut and pasted, and it doesn't translate well to the big screen...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comment (1)
Cinema Crazed

Fans of musical theater will work themselves into a lather over Joel Schumacher's by-the-book film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's monotonous play, but most audiences will either fall asleep or hit the cinema doors running.

April 18, 2009 Full Review Source: | Comments (3)

Fantastic sets, costumes, great art direction and imaginative camera work make this a visually stunning film. The musical score, not so much.

April 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Comments (5)
Laramie Movie Scope

Without a proper Phantom, the entire enterprise sags monumentally, and, unfortunately, Butler is a disaster here.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International | Comments (14)
Film Journal International

Most fans are bound to be disappointed to some degree, and non-aficionados of musical theater will find it tedious and silly. Do yourself a favor and see this on stage

September 1, 2006 | Comments (3)
Christianity Today

Deserves to be locked up in a dank, water-filled dungeon and left to molder.

May 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Comments (7)
Lessons of Darkness

Tecnicamente impecável; no entanto, a adaptação medíocre de Weber não justifica mais de duas horas de projeção para apenas três canções aceitáveis (e Butler não sabe cantar).

April 19, 2005
Cinema em Cena

The movie is so overblown, so much is meant to dazzle the eye, that it overwhelms the characters and the music.

April 19, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Fans of the musical "The Phantom of the Opera", however, will find plenty to like in this filmic adaptation but its faults could have easily sunk the entire production.

April 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

'Pésele a quien le pese, es una de las mejores películas del 2004. Injustamente ignorada en Estados Unidos pero que el tiempo seguramente la convertirá en un clásico'

April 4, 2005

Andrew Lloyd Webber is... a shallow, giftless dilettante whose hackneyed McOperas are an embarrassment to the art form.

March 23, 2005 Full Review | Comments (6)

If you can get on its dank and heavy wavelength, the whole project is so aesthetically rich that it manages to transcend that it's, at heart, a lot of dressed-up goofiness.

March 1, 2005 Full Review

(Joel Schumacher) tenía ganas de hacer un musical y se sacó las ganas; sólo que no bastaba con poner gente cantando envuelta en trajes brillantes.

February 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

Phantom is as bloated as Monty Python's Mr. Creosote, and is so stagebound that it's just about as agile as that character.

February 8, 2005 Full Review Source: CHUD

The big-screen rendition of The Phantom of the Opera resembles a ridiculously expensive installment of Masterpiece Theatre.

January 27, 2005
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

An awkward, overstuffed and occasionally painful delusion of grandeur ...

January 25, 2005
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Could have used some 'star power,' but overall should make Webber followers happy

January 24, 2005 Full Review

Even the most die-hard "Phantom" aficionados might be struck dumb by the sheer level of the crescendo and camp Schumacher achieves here.

January 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Audience Reviews for The Phantom of the Opera

The sets, costumes, staging, and camera work are pretty good, but I think that Schumacher was the wrong choice as far as directing goes. I'm not one who thinks everything he does sucks, but still, this doesn't fit in with the rest of his filmography. There's nothing inherently wrong with trying to branch out though; it helps to do it well though, so let me just be kind, give this a "Gentleman's C" (or slight C+), and call it a noble failure.

Emmy Rossum is quite attractive, and has some actual singing talent, so that helps the movie, and, even though I applaud Butler for trying his best to do his own singing, I must say that it doesn't work. He can't really pull it off. I mean, it is difficult part anyway, so even though he's so-so with the acting, his faults with the music kinda bring the rest of it down too.

Perhaps this may find success as a camp classic? It certainly has all the trappings for it, no doubts about that. If you want a great movie musical adaptation from the 2000s though, stick with Sweeney Todd.
July 1, 2012
Chris Weber

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To be perfectly honest, I've never been a big fan of musicals or musical-inspired movies. This, however, was a magical and spellbinding exception. The songs are absolutely wonderful and so is the cinematography and acting. Not many films of its kind have had the ability to impress me, but this one did in more ways than one. It's actually completely changed my view on musicals in general. And that is certainly no small compliment coming from me.
May 23, 2012
Mike S

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The sets and costumes are a visual treat, but the romance elements lack flare and the plot lacks any sense of danger or emotional intrigue. The acting is okay but nobody particularly stand-outs, and the phantom never comes off as scary. The music is fine but the near-constant singing gets annoying as the film goes along. I know it is a musical but can people in this movie just say their dialogue and not sing it out loud all the time.
May 7, 2012
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

Andrew Lloyd Webber. What can be said about him? He has created some of the most memorable musicals in modern day, helped make Sarah Brightman the singer she is, and recreated the complete enjoyment of musicals. But he has also been someone you will either love or hate. Love due to his investment in musical theater. Hated due to how overrated he is. My opinion is that he is talented and he does create rather good musicals. I have never, as I am writing this review, seen any of his musicals in person, but from what I have seen via internet and read, I know he is fantastic. The only main problem is with how people transition his work to the screen. Just, something is lost. In some respects, this is the case with The Phantom of the Opera.
Now, my introduction to this adaptation came from the legions of fans that go to my school who adore this film to no end. And by adore, I mean they know every line, every movement, and fall in love every time Gerard Butler is on screen (oh, don't worry. I will get to him). When I first saw the film, I was not impressed with anything. Yes, I like the musical arrangements, but nothing Schumacher done impressed me with the transaction with the story unto the screen.
The exception would be the set designs. Watching this film, I had the same feeling I did when I saw Interview With The Vampire: complete aw. The sets in this film are stunningly beautiful and well crafted. But, while I adore the sets and musical arrangements, what saddens me is that you can tell that the budget went to the look of this film and nothing more or less. And, well, that is what lead me to give this film the rating I will.
I will be open: I can't sing, and I know people who sing: the people in this film can not sing at all. EVEN more Butler. I mean, other then the obvious auto-tuning, he just is not impressive. Actually, I have no idea why they cast him in the role. I have asked people about their opinion on him, and the main reaction I get is that they love him for the sex appeal in this film. Okay, let me make this clear: The Phantom is NOT suppose to be a sex symbol! He is suppose to be a creature of horror whose face makes women faint and men angry to the point they want to put him out of his misogyny. Not to satisfy the sexual desires of people. Plus, he is not that much of a Phantom with how the mask is worn. The mask is meant to cover the face due to what is underneath. Not worn as a fashion item. Basically, the Phantom in this film is terrible. I hate this Phantom.
The rest of the cast is okay, but not all that good. To me, it seemed like they knew that this film was going to make money no matter what and they are all: to hell with good acting. We are all going to be getting our paychecks regardless. Well, for me, with no believable acting, I just got bored.
I know that this review looks like I hate this film. I don't. I just don't like the cast. What I do like is the glamour of the film and how beautiful the sets are and the instrumental aspects of the soundtrack. If you want to see beauty, watch this film. If you want to see a true Phantom, watch the original with Lon Chaney. If you want to see a true Phantom with the beauty, watch the stage play (original footage with Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman).
October 23, 2011
Zach Brehany

Super Reviewer

    1. The Phantom: Anywhere you go let me go too!
    – Submitted by Lane S (9 months ago)
    1. Gilles Andre: Senorita, these things do happen.
    2. La Carlotta: For the past 3 years, 'these things do happen' and did you stop them from happening? No! And you two! You are as bad as him! 'These things do happen.' *grunts with anger* Until you stop these things from happening, this thing does not happen.
    – Submitted by Ceara R (21 months ago)
    1. Madame Giry: Those who speak of what they know learn too late that prudent silence is wise. Joseph Buquet hold your tongue. Keep your hand at the level of your eyes.
    – Submitted by Ceara R (21 months ago)
    1. The Phantom: Sing for me!
    – Submitted by Ashley N (21 months ago)
    1. Meg Giry: Oh Christine he's so handsome.
    2. Meg Giry: Where in the world have you been hiding, really you were perfect. I only wish I knew your secret, who is your new tutor?
    3. The Phantom: I am your Angel of Music, come to me Angel of Music
    – Submitted by Isabella H (22 months ago)
    1. Madame Giry: He's a genius, monsieur. He's an architect and designer; he's a composer and magician. He's a genius!
    2. Vicomte Raoul de Chagny: Yes, but it seems genius has turned to madness.
    – Submitted by Timea S (2 years ago)
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