Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

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Critic Consensus: Full of pith and Grand Guignol grossness, this macabre musical is perfectly helmed and highly entertaining. Tim Burton masterfully stages the musical in a way that will make you think he has done this many times before.


Movie Info

Unjustly sent to prison, a man vows revenge, not only for that cruel punishment, but for the devastating consequences of what happened to his wife and daughter. When he returns to reopen his barber shop, he becomes Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, who "shaved the faces of gentlemen who never thereafter were heard of again." Sweeney's amorous accomplice, Mrs. Lovett, creates diabolical meat pies.

Rating: R (for graphic bloody violence)
Genre: Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: John Logan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 1, 2008
Box Office: $52.8M
Runtime:
DreamWorks/Paramount Studios - Official Site

Cast


as Sweeney Todd

as Judge Turpin

as Beadle Bamford

as Adolfo Pirelli
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Critic Reviews for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

All Critics (221) | Top Critics (47)

This is grand-scale studio-work at its most beguiling.

Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

A considerable achievement even if, on balance, it's more of a Tim Burton phantasmagoria than a Sondheim fantasia.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

As unsettling as it is riveting. Even Sondheim aficionados will see the story with fresh eyes, unless those eyes are covered.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

The movie may substitute Grand Guignol for laughs at times, but it's spectacularly stylized -- each throat-slashing exceptional -- persuasively sung, and imaginatively adapted for the screen.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
NPR.org
Top Critic

This dark operatic movie looks like Burton meant every bit of it, that he shared this story's longing for death and night and blood.

Full Review… | January 2, 2015
MetroActive

Sweeney Todd is maybe a bit too Grand for its own good. It's all danse, no macabre.

Full Review… | September 30, 2014
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Audience Reviews for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

A musical slasher flick that is just beyond fun. This is Tim Burton and if you dont care for him dont watch but if you do this is a good one.

jmanard52
John Manard

Super Reviewer

ennui - i'm done with the burton / depp show. just another vehicle for same - albeit a witty tuneful one.

brooklynspo
Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

I normally don't like musicals but "Sweeney Todd" is an exception. The story is powerful and is accompanied with some decent songs. It gets brutal at times and the meat pies are downright disgusting. But still, it's very entertaining.

Market Man
Eric Shankle

Super Reviewer

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