The Phantom

1996, Action, 1h 40m

47 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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The script gives Billy Zane little to work with, and thus he plays the Phantom as a friendly but completely one-dimensional hero. Read critic reviews

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A purple-costumed superhero (Billy Zane) tries to thwart a master criminal's (Treat Williams) acquisition of mystical skulls with legendary powers.

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Critic Reviews for The Phantom

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (27)

  • As the Phantom, Billy Zane, buff to the max, has a likable insouciance, but there's not much he can do to flesh out this relic.

    July 7, 2010 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • While it hardly stands to vanquish the celluloid incarnations of Superman and Batman, this version of an older cartoon crusader's exploits does have a pleasingly astute sense of its place in the great scheme of things pulp.

    March 26, 2009
  • This belated, albeit decorative adaptation looks tamely second-hand.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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    April 12, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • No one seems to be taking any of it seriously, especially as the dialogue reflects dumbed-down conversations and repetition for viewers who may not be paying attention.

    September 24, 2020 | Rating: 2/10 | Full Review…
  • If you're looking for a movie that captures the foundational spirit of comic book adventure, The Phantom is for you.

    May 8, 2020 | Full Review…

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  • Oct 17, 2016
    Billy Zane is The Phantom in this campy and lighthearted superhero film. Based on a comic serial, a vigilante in the African jungle known as The Phantom tracks a group of mercenaries back to New York and learns of a tycoon's plot to reunite three magic skulls to gain ultimate power. Co-starring Kristy Swanson, Treat Williams, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, the cast is actually pretty impressive and does a good job at emulating the broad acting style of the old movie serials from the 30s & 40s. But the writing is really poor, with thinly drawn characters and a ridiculous plot. While there's some charm to The Phantom, ultimately it's a cheesy B-movie that doesn't work.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 16, 2016
    The years have been kind to this film and hold up quite well. I originally jumped on the bandwagon of disliking the film but I now find it a guilty pleasure. The fight scenes and certain actors are cringe worthy but there is something to like here. Billy Zane is quite good, sadly the material wasn't better to give him a honest chance.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jan 07, 2013
    Slated upon its release in 1996, The Phantom has never been on the top of anyone's favourite superhero list. I remember the character from Defenders Of The Earth (Defenders), but that's about it. This film isn't spectacular, but like some other films I've watched recently for the first time since their mid-90s releases, it's actually a nice change of pace from the current market. The Phantom has Billy Zane as the ghost that walks. A man who protects the deep dark jungles by riding a horse and brandishing pistols. See, he isn't your average hero. That's part of the quirky charm. It's more of an action adventure film than a superhero piece, but the practical effects and stunts are great to look at. The characters are all cheesy and fun, especially the likes of Remar and Zeta-Jones. It was like stepping back into a time machine before filmmakers had put all of their trust into computers. Will certainly need a viewer who can appreciate the camp and corny, but those that do should be highly rewarded.
    Luke B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2012
    This movies okay. Like a lot of the critics point out though, it is definitely an homage to the 30's pulp comic books, so be prepared for some super cheesy lines, and nothing remotely resembling the dark superheroes of the modern era.
    Mace R Super Reviewer

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