Phantom of the Paradise Reviews

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Top Critic
Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
An elaborate disaster, full of the kind of facetious humor you might find on bumper stickers and cocktail coasters.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
September 8, 2014
While Phantom of the Paradise is a mess, it's an extremely interesting mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Henry Northmore
The List
February 24, 2014
The film has everything a cult classic needs: eccentric plotting, weird characters (watch out for Gerrit Graham as Beef), bizarre costumes and a rocking soundtrack.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
September 5, 2006
As in that other great musical spoof, The Girl Can't Help It, Phantom of the Paradise draws withering links between product and consumer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
September 26, 2001
De Palma's goth-goth-glam horror satire hasn't aged too well, but it's still a hoot.
Full Review | Original Score: 72/100
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 12, 2015
Bravura cinematic spectacle with just enough literary antecedent and social commentary that it doesn't come across as shallow as the word "spectacle" implies.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Filled with bizarre colors, vintage 70s-era rock and truly imaginative ideas, it's still a thrill.
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
August 26, 2011
If you don't love it, I have to wonder what brings you to movies in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Top Critic
Variety Staff
September 24, 2007
A very good horror comedy-drama about a disfigured musician haunting a rock palace. Brian De Palma's direction and script makes for one of the very rare 'backstage' rock story pix, catching the garishness of the glitter scene in its own time.
Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Nothing that remarkable about the plot in itself, but De Palma employs his love of gadgetry to imaginative effect, and casts a satirically beady eye upon the money-hungry foibles of the music industry.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 7, 2009
Does a slasher's job in cutting up the greedy music business moguls with its sharp satire.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 4, 2014
With its climactic assassination attempt of a lovely songstress, this sardonic skewering of the music industry-as-America may be nothing less than a more rollicking, less sniffy predecessor to Altman's 'Nashville.'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
September 11, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 26, 2002
DePalma's most fascinating explosion of montages, split screens, 360-degree tracking shots, subjective camera -- and the kitchen sink is probably in there somewhere, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
September 11, 2001
a gaudy, silly, but undeniably innovative merging of Gaston Leroux's Phantom of the Opera and the Faust legend into a giddy art-rock opera
| Original Score: 3/4
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
December 12, 2003
Better than it has any right to be.
| Original Score: 5/5
Michael Dequina
December 22, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
July 23, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
September 24, 2007
This was one of De Palma's early efforts, and its excesses can be chalked up to youthful enthusiasm -- the ideas seem appealingly audacious even when they misfire.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
September 24, 2007
A fairly entertaining, but only sporadically successful, horror-musical comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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