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The Fantasticks (1995)


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Two fathers spark a romance between their children by pretending to feud. Their deception weaves a tangled web when they enlist the aid of a mysterious traveling showman named El Gallo.


Drama, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy

Tom Jones

Mar 29, 2005


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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (12) | DVD (3)

It provides an invaluable example of how not to make a movie out of a stage classic.

May 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Snobbery
Film Snobbery

Truth to tell, it's exactly the kind of musical pointed out by people who say they just don't like musicals.

July 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

[S]imultaneously flat and cartoonish...

December 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

It's a trifle, but was pleasantly presented and I found it to be an adequate though not a scintillating production.

January 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The movie musical is practically a dead horse in Hollywood, and The Fantasticks does little to kick it back to life.

April 4, 2001
Movie Metropolis

The musical scenes in The Fantasticks crackle with intimacy.

March 23, 2001 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

Presents an inviting opportunity to 'try to remember' a cinematic art that has sadly been all but lost.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

An underpopulated, cliched Romeo-and-Juliet affair that only comes to life during its song sequences.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for The Fantasticks

A couple catchy tunes. Probably one of the only stage musicals to require such a small cast and such minimal scenery. In this film production it just comes off as creepy and odd.
September 29, 2009

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    1. Hucklebee: And what exactly would this literary rape cost?
    2. El Gallo: Here's my rough estimate. [hands Hucklebee a piece of paper]
    3. Hucklebee: [peers and then squints at the document as he says cynically] My...You really get screwed on these Literary Rapes.
    – Submitted by Trace F (2 years ago)
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