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The Phantom of the Opera Reviews

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Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
January 24, 2005
Even the most die-hard "Phantom" aficionados might be struck dumb by the sheer level of the crescendo and camp Schumacher achieves here.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
January 18, 2005
What could have been a campy calamity boasts some surprising elegance. But there is zero romantic heat and a vocally and emotionally flat performance from Gerard Butler.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 17, 2005
Good God.
| Original Score: D
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
January 16, 2005
A visual masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Sean McBride
Sean the Movie Guy
January 16, 2005
The main problem is that the actors cast in the film can't really sing
Full Review| Original Score: 1.5/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
January 15, 2005
no amount of stylistic playfulness could stop the film from bogging down into tedium by the last reel, as the romantic pathos begins to wear thin
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael Dequina
Film Threat
January 15, 2005
Schumacher has indeed delivered the lavish, lushly romantic film that fans have envisioned for years.
| Original Score: 4/5
Eric Lurio
Entertainment Insiders
January 15, 2005
"If you liked the stage version, you'll LOVE this version."
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
January 15, 2005
The plot is impressively free of anything that does not smell of unpasteurized melodrama.
Jimmy O
Film Snobs
January 14, 2005
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Joel Schumacher turn out to be a perfect match. Two other people couldn't pull off spectacle this bad.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/5
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
January 11, 2005
Right after hearing those bombastic rock opera organ chords, I felt all hope rapidly deflating from my body.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 10, 2005
[Phantom of the Opera] is all shine and glitter but without substance.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
January 7, 2005
It's one of those movies where I spent a lot of my first viewing thinking, 'Yes, this is what movies are really all about.'
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Vince Koehler
Entertainment Spectrum
January 5, 2005
This is a lavish production best enjoyed at your favorite theater where the full effect of the music and ambiance can be enjoyed. It is also one to be enjoyed more than once.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Catholic Sun
January 5, 2005
A spectacular ode to pure romanticism
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
January 5, 2005
...a particularly unconvincing perfume ad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 5, 2005
Plagued by Andrew Lloyd Weber's hideous and already dated musical score (parts of it sound like 1980s hair metal).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi
Broomfield Enterprise
January 3, 2005
...I could see it all because I wasn't 800 rows up in the nose-bleed section of the balcony...
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Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
January 3, 2005
Non-fans will note that Webber's idiom is opera-lite, grafted together with rock, pop and soap opera. Some of the set-pieces are kitsch allegro...
Eric D. Snider
January 2, 2005
What passion and excitement there is in the work has been sucked out; it has become boring.... It is shallow, yes, but even shallow works need competent directors.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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