—— Hercules Jul 25
—— Lucy Jul 25
—— And So It Goes Jul 25
—— The Fluffy Movie Jul 25
90% A Most Wanted Man Jul 25

Top Box Office

91% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes $36.3M
55% The Purge: Anarchy $29.8M
45% Planes: Fire And Rescue $17.5M
20% Sex Tape $14.6M
17% Transformers: Age of Extinction $9.8M
23% Tammy $7.4M
85% 22 Jump Street $4.7M
92% How to Train Your Dragon 2 $3.9M
48% Earth to Echo $3.3M
49% Maleficent $3.2M

Coming Soon

—— Guardians of the Galaxy Aug 01
—— Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Aug 08
—— Step Up: All In Aug 08
—— Let's Be Cops Aug 13
—— The Expendables 3 Aug 15

New Episodes Tonight

73% Chasing Life: Season 1
—— Covert Affairs: Season 5
88% Finding Carter: Season 1
75% The Hotwives of Orlando: Season 1
67% Matador: Season 1
—— Perception: Season 3
—— Pretty Little Liars: Season 5
—— Rizzoli & Isles: Season 5
—— Royal Pains: Season 6
—— Sullivan & Son: Season 3
57% Tyrant: Season 1

Discuss Last Night's Shows

29% Backpackers: Season 1
—— The Fosters: Season 2
—— Hit the Floor: Season 2
—— Longmire: Season 3
—— Major Crimes: Season 3
—— Mistresses: Season 2
73% Murder in the First: Season 1
—— Seed: Season 2
—— Switched at Birth: Season 3
67% Teen Wolf: Season 4
62% Under the Dome: Season 2

Certified Fresh TV

85% The Bridge (FX): Season 2
83% Extant: Season 1
79% Halt and Catch Fire: Season 1
100% Masters of Sex: Season 2
73% Murder in the First: Season 1
97% Orange is the New Black: Season 2
97% Orphan Black: Season 2
82% Satisfaction: Season 1
86% The Strain: Season 1
85% Welcome to Sweden: Season 1
76% You're the Worst: Season 1

The Phantom of the Opera Reviews

David Ansen
Top Critic IconTop Critic
November 1, 2007

Time Out
Top Critic IconTop Critic
June 24, 2006

AV Club
Top Critic IconTop Critic
September 26, 2005
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
Top Critic IconTop Critic
July 30, 2005
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
Top Critic IconTop Critic

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

Full Review Source: New York Observer

January 27, 2005
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
Top Critic IconTop Critic

The plot is impressively free of anything that does not smell of unpasteurized melodrama.

January 15, 2005
Stephanie Zacharek
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Takes everything that's wrong with Broadway and puts it on the big screen in a gaudy splat.

Full Review Source:

December 27, 2004
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic IconTop Critic

This guy's not the Phantom of the Opera, he's the Fashionably Scarred Stud of the Opera and that just doesn't work.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

December 27, 2004
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic IconTop Critic

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.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

December 23, 2004
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic IconTop Critic

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.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

December 23, 2004
Philip Kennicott
Washington Post
Top Critic IconTop Critic

The movie version of Lloyd Webber's smash hit does to the music what the music did to the words and story: It distracts the mind and cajoles the eyes to the point that one doesn't really care that everything the ears are hearing is pure nonsense.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

December 22, 2004
Claudia Puig
USA Today
Top Critic IconTop Critic

For those whose primary experience with musicals is on the screen, this melodramatic tale with the familiar soundtrack should hold substantial appeal.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

December 22, 2004
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
Top Critic IconTop Critic

The film overflows with overkill, from the amped-up orchestra that constantly threatens to submerge the singers to the ornate silliness of each and every scene involving the Phantom.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1/5

December 22, 2004
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

It's a shamelessly over-the-top wallow in romantic obsession, and a thoroughly enjoyable one.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 22, 2004
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic IconTop Critic

The movie misfires as often as it connects.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 22, 2004
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic IconTop Critic

It was the '80s. You really had to be there. Preferably with low expectations.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

December 22, 2004
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic IconTop Critic

If you want something more from musicals than a single syrupy hit, though -- and have fond memories of the Phantom as our most romantic of monsters -- then seek out the old Lon Chaney silent instead, and put on your own darn music.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 22, 2004
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
Top Critic IconTop Critic

The falling chandelier, the signature moment of Phantom, has been moved from the end of the first act to the climax of the movie -- by which point non-devotees may need to be roused from their sleep by their companions.

| Original Score: 1/4

December 22, 2004
Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Andrew Lloyd Webber's kitschy theatrical spectacle is now a kitschy theatrical movie, a mix of melodrama, horror, romance, mystery and melody heaped together into a cinematic smorgasbord, one heavy in starch.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

December 22, 2004
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Where's Homeland Security when you need it?

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

December 22, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

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

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

December 22, 2004
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

It's a slow-moving orgy of lowbrow grandiosity that's as tedious as it is overblown and pretentious. Songs, scenes, dance numbers, lyrics and set pieces all blend together into an indistinct, ludicrously self-serious mush.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1/5

December 22, 2004
Leah McLaren
Globe and Mail
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Christine is a dipstick, a trait that the vapid, but pretty-voiced Emmy Rossum brings across with effortless, blank-eyed aplomb in this similarly idiotic film.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1/4

December 22, 2004
Tom Long
Detroit News
Top Critic IconTop Critic

With its stately pace and theatrical roots showing at all times, Phantom may work as a reproduction for the faithful, but it never really connects as a film.

| Original Score: C-

December 22, 2004
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic IconTop Critic

The Phantom is the furthest thing from a monster, and the movie holds no threat whatsoever, unless you have a morbid fear of gilded staircases, seductive lighting, brocade costumes and overwrought, over-orchestrated pop balladry.

| Original Score: 2/4

December 22, 2004
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Director Schumacher understands what he has in Rossum and often frames her with the sort of close-up that evokes a Golden Age movie star in her budding glory.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

December 22, 2004
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Webber's lushly romantic score (played in this instance by a 100-piece orchestra) has the ability to overpower lingering reservations.

| Original Score: B

December 22, 2004
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Schumacher's film is, at times, unintentionally entertaining, as its tone shifts from ridiculous to overwrought.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1/4

December 22, 2004
A.O. Scott
New York Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

The screen version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical lacks both authentic romance and the thrill of memorable spectacle.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

December 21, 2004
James Berardinelli
Top Critic IconTop Critic

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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

December 21, 2004
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic IconTop Critic

The story has an intrinsic appeal, part nostalgic valentine and part root-for-the-underdog thriller. For all the film's missteps, it remains watchable.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B-

December 21, 2004
Jan Stuart
Top Critic IconTop Critic

For some of us, the phenomenal popularity of Phantom remains the greatest mystery of all, one left unsolved by this interminable screen spectacle.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 21, 2004
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic IconTop Critic

On its own terms, the film is just about perfect. Viewers who accept it on those terms will be swept away.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 21, 2004
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Its close-ups of belted numbers command attention without truly commanding our hearts.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

December 21, 2004
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Butler doesn't have the necessary screen presence, and without a good Phantom, the movie fails to capture the imagination.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

December 21, 2004
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Bottom line: If you love the show, you'll most likely love the movie. But if you think Webber's cash cow is a bloated monstrosity, well, there's always Lon Chaney.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C

December 21, 2004
David Edelstein
Top Critic IconTop Critic

I'm more inclined to suggest that it be used to entertain the prisoners at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo -- at least until Amnesty International gets wind of it.

Full Review Source: Slate

December 21, 2004
Jorge Morales
Village Voice
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Sure, all the ingredients of camp are there (oh, the hubris!), but this isn't a so-bad-it's-good classic. It's worse.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 21, 2004
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Watching the passionless Phantom, with its geriatric story-framing device, gooey dimestore romanticism and tawdry pop ballads about unrequited yearning, feels akin to dying and waking up in your parents' easy-listening-radio hell.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

December 16, 2004
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
Top Critic IconTop Critic

A rapturous spectacle.

| Original Score: 3/4

December 15, 2004
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic IconTop Critic

A pale -- dare we say ghostly? -- copy of the original coup de theatre directed by Harold Prince.

December 10, 2004
Derek Elley
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Evokes the original show while working as a movie in its own right.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 9, 2004
Find us on:                     
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile