The Phantom of the Opera

33%

of critics liked it

85%

of users liked it

In theaters Jan 21, 2005
PG-13, 2 hr. 23 min.

Movie Info

Synopsis: Based on the hit musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the tale tells the story of a disfigured musical genius that haunts the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera, waging a reign of terror over its occupants. When he falls fatally in love with the lovely Christine, the Phantom devotes himself to creating a new star for the Opera--exerting a strange sense of control over the young soprano as he nurtures her extraordinary talents.
Director: Joel Schumacher
Rated: PG-13
Running Time: 2 hr. 23 min.
Genre: Drama, Horror, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
Theater Release: Jan 21, 2005
DVD Release: May 03, 2005

Cast

Gerard Butler

The Phantom
Emmy Rossum

Christine Daae
Patrick Wilson

Vicomte Raoul de Cha...
Miranda Richardson

Madame Giry
Minnie Driver

La Carlotta
Simon Callow

Gilles Andre
Ciarán Hinds

Richard Firmin
James Fleet

Lefevre

Critic Reviews

Consensus: The music of the night has hit something of a sour note: Critics are calling the screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's popular musical histrionic, boring, and lacking in both romance and danger. Still, some have praised the film for its sheer spectacle.
  • My own reaction to the current version fashioned by Mr. Schumacher is one of pure stupefaction. More...
  • The plot is impressively free of anything that does not smell of unpasteurized melodrama. More...
  • Takes everything that's wrong with Broadway and puts it on the big screen in a gaudy splat. More...
  • This guy's not the Phantom of the Opera, he's the Fashionably Scarred Stud of the Opera and that just doesn't work. More...
  • 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. More...
  • 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. More...
  • 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. More...
  • For those whose primary experience with musicals is on the screen, this melodramatic tale with the familiar soundtrack should hold substantial appeal. More...
  • 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. More...
  • It's a shamelessly over-the-top wallow in romantic obsession, and a thoroughly enjoyable one. More...