The Phantom of the Opera - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Phantom of the Opera Reviews

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
April 10, 2008
Fantastic sets, costumes, great art direction and imaginative camera work make this a visually stunning film. The musical score, not so much.
Full Review | Original Score: C+

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 4, 2005
'Pésele a quien le pese, es una de las mejores películas del 2004. Injustamente ignorada en Estados Unidos pero que el tiempo seguramente la convertirá en un clásico'
| Original Score: 4/4
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
March 1, 2005
If you can get on its dank and heavy wavelength, the whole project is so aesthetically rich that it manages to transcend that it's, at heart, a lot of dressed-up goofiness.
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Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
January 24, 2005
Could have used some 'star power,' but overall should make Webber followers happy
Full Review| Original Score: 8/10
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
January 16, 2005
A visual masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10

Sunday Times (Australia)
January 15, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
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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Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
December 31, 2004
It is not ideal, but it still is arguably the best dramatic adaptation of Gaston Leroux's novel.
Full Review| Original Score: 7/10
Peter Debruge
Premiere Magazine
December 27, 2004
Schumacher seems far more concerned with orchestrating his beautiful cast, sumptuous costumes, and lavish sets to give audiences who might not afford the Broadway show a taste of the experience, rather than defining it once and for all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Anthony Del Valle
Las Vegas Mercury
December 27, 2004
Its lavish production numbers sometimes capture the broad wink of musical comedy in a manner we don't see much anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Auer
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
December 23, 2004
Phantom is more than a photographed stage play: It is an exercise in cinema, abetted by several new songs and first-rate orchestral backing.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
December 22, 2004
'...an incredible star making performance by Emmy Rossum.'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
December 22, 2004
Michael Crawford's absence and Rossum's languorous presentation of her songs are the film's major weaknesses. Too long, it's still lush and romantic with beautiful music.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Top Critic
Philip Kennicott
Washington Post
December 22, 2004
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.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 22, 2004
For those whose primary experience with musicals is on the screen, this melodramatic tale with the familiar soundtrack should hold substantial appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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