The Phantom of the Opera Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 22, 2004
It was the '80s. You really had to be there. Preferably with low expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 8, 2005
Phantom is as bloated as Monty Python's Mr. Creosote, and is so stagebound that it's just about as agile as that character.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
January 15, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 17, 2005
Good God.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 21, 2004
It's questionable whether fans of the musical will be enamored with this adaptation. The energy that characterizes a live performance is absent, resulting in a production that often feels sluggish and slow-moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
December 18, 2004
The word 'adequate' should never be the main adjective used to describe someone playing the lead in The Phantom of the Opera.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
December 22, 2004
You walk away from the film in a vaguely contented daze, glad that you saw it but even gladder that it's over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
December 22, 2004
This Phantom's menace is the Phantom himself.
| Original Score: C
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
December 15, 2004
Damn you! Curse you! Lloyd Webber's caustically commercialized but well-directed musical comes to the screen in a colorful, expensive, thoughtless and overacted translation.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
James Rocchi
Netflix
December 30, 2004
Broadway bore comes to the big screen in a movie-musical adaptation that's too little, too late and too terrible for words.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
December 22, 2004
...feels like little more than a 2+ hour promotional video for perfume, jewelry, corsets and curtains.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 10, 2004
A pale -- dare we say ghostly? -- copy of the original coup de theatre directed by Harold Prince.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 27, 2004
This guy's not the Phantom of the Opera, he's the Fashionably Scarred Stud of the Opera and that just doesn't work.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
Deserves to be locked up in a dank, water-filled dungeon and left to molder.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
January 2, 2005
What passion and excitement there is in the work has been sucked out; it has become boring.... It is shallow, yes, but even shallow works need competent directors.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
December 14, 2004
Should kill the behemoth all-time money-making musical.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
December 22, 2004
It compounds what to some of us are already fatal errors, while bringing nothing new to those who love the stage version so dearly.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
December 21, 2004
On paper, the teaming looks solid gold, yet the film is an experience that results in more yawns than goosebumps.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Kit Bowen
Hollywood.com
November 20, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 15, 2005
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 30, 2005
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October 18, 2008
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Newsweek
November 1, 2007

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December 27, 2004

Boston Phoenix
December 27, 2004
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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June 24, 2006
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