Critic Review - Chicago Sun-Times

Schumacher has bravely taken aboard this dreck and made of it a movie I am pleased to have seen.

December 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (7)
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Brandon Beckelheimer

I'm truly glad you feel that way, I was nervous that you wouldn't like this film as everyone else.

May 4 - 09:28 PM


Lee Holloway

Oct 18 - 04:20 PM

Rene D.

Rene De La Cruz

Holy Crap! We agree!

May 26 - 12:26 PM

Anna T.

Anna Tole

I strongly agree!!

Nov 15 - 08:48 PM

Lowell Renold

Lowell Renold

The musical, The Phantom of the Opera, is awesome! I still love ya Roger, and you'll always be my favorite movie critic. But this is one of the few times I disagree with you.

Nov 30 - 07:39 PM

Mei Chigusa Mizukage

Mei Chigusa Mizukage

I loved it too!!! screw the other critics, your only major errors were rating, "splash" and "howls moving castle" rotten. :( otherwise U ROCK!

Feb 3 - 05:25 AM

Greg C.

Greg Corbo


You are certainly one of my all time favorite and respected movie critics. Plain and simple, I often view or do not view movies - based on what you write.

But your self-stated "nutty review" for Phantom of the Opera is that, a sort of "all over the place" conglomeration of simultaneous like and loath.

Being a fan of the play and it's nuance and change to the original picture - true horror film and a good one at that - I long ago realize something that many of the professional critics at Rotten Tomatoes fail to - that the highly romanticized version of this story is what truly engages people.

The industry did this same thing to the vaunted Dracula - and I despised it. But for the Phantom, the romance, loss, isolation, etc. - these work on so many levels (psychological, fantasy, truth, etc.) that it certainly transcends plain old stodgy horror.

This comment/feedback is more of a "flame" against the vapid reviews of the other professional reviewers on this site; your review, though multi-directional, was still insightful.

The point is, some of the reviews (favorable or not) primarily concerned with the production of the movie have valid criticisms, some of which I even agree with (despite lavishness, the movie overall was insipid and I did not care for many of the performances).

But negative comments against the story as it has evolved from Lloyd Weber - I have never been able to figure and believe they are from fools who either cannot or refuse to see the multiple dimensions that this story and its music evokes.

By the way, I studied music in HS and college, and would glady hear the same notes a thousand times repeated - provided they present a beautiful melody that can inspire EMOTION, not some drivel ridden cacophony such as "rap music".

Finally, lyrics such as "let your mind start a journey through a strange new world/Leave all thoughts of the world you knew before/Let your soul take you where you long to be/Only then can you belong to me". have wonderful meaning to those who have a open mind, imagination, and even a smidgen of that thing called romanticism.

Jun 10 - 05:49 PM

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