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The Phantom of the Opera Reviews

January 27, 2005
My own reaction to the current version fashioned by Mr. Schumacher is one of pure stupefaction.
January 15, 2005
The plot is impressively free of anything that does not smell of unpasteurized melodrama.
December 27, 2004
Takes everything that's wrong with Broadway and puts it on the big screen in a gaudy splat.
December 27, 2004
This guy's not the Phantom of the Opera, he's the Fashionably Scarred Stud of the Opera and that just doesn't work.
December 23, 2004
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 23, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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.
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
December 22, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
December 22, 2004
It's a shamelessly over-the-top wallow in romantic obsession, and a thoroughly enjoyable one.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 22, 2004
The movie misfires as often as it connects.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 22, 2004
It was the '80s. You really had to be there. Preferably with low expectations.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
December 22, 2004
If you want something more from musicals than a single syrupy hit, though -- and have fond memories of the Phantom as our most romantic of monsters -- then seek out the old Lon Chaney silent instead, and put on your own darn music.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 22, 2004
The falling chandelier, the signature moment of Phantom, has been moved from the end of the first act to the climax of the movie -- by which point non-devotees may need to be roused from their sleep by their companions.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
December 22, 2004
Andrew Lloyd Webber's kitschy theatrical spectacle is now a kitschy theatrical movie, a mix of melodrama, horror, romance, mystery and melody heaped together into a cinematic smorgasbord, one heavy in starch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 22, 2004
Where's Homeland Security when you need it?
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 22, 2004
Schumacher has bravely taken aboard this dreck and made of it a movie I am pleased to have seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 22, 2004
It's a slow-moving orgy of lowbrow grandiosity that's as tedious as it is overblown and pretentious. Songs, scenes, dance numbers, lyrics and set pieces all blend together into an indistinct, ludicrously self-serious mush.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
December 22, 2004
Christine is a dipstick, a trait that the vapid, but pretty-voiced Emmy Rossum brings across with effortless, blank-eyed aplomb in this similarly idiotic film.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
December 22, 2004
With its stately pace and theatrical roots showing at all times, Phantom may work as a reproduction for the faithful, but it never really connects as a film.
Read More | Original Score: C-
December 22, 2004
The Phantom is the furthest thing from a monster, and the movie holds no threat whatsoever, unless you have a morbid fear of gilded staircases, seductive lighting, brocade costumes and overwrought, over-orchestrated pop balladry.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 22, 2004
Director Schumacher understands what he has in Rossum and often frames her with the sort of close-up that evokes a Golden Age movie star in her budding glory.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 22, 2004
Webber's lushly romantic score (played in this instance by a 100-piece orchestra) has the ability to overpower lingering reservations.
Read More | Original Score: B
December 22, 2004
Schumacher's film is, at times, unintentionally entertaining, as its tone shifts from ridiculous to overwrought.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
December 21, 2004
The screen version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical lacks both authentic romance and the thrill of memorable spectacle.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
December 21, 2004
It's questionable whether fans of the musical will be enamored with this adaptation. The energy that characterizes a live performance is absent, resulting in a production that often feels sluggish and slow-moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 21, 2004
The story has an intrinsic appeal, part nostalgic valentine and part root-for-the-underdog thriller. For all the film's missteps, it remains watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 21, 2004
For some of us, the phenomenal popularity of Phantom remains the greatest mystery of all, one left unsolved by this interminable screen spectacle.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 21, 2004
On its own terms, the film is just about perfect. Viewers who accept it on those terms will be swept away.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 21, 2004
Its close-ups of belted numbers command attention without truly commanding our hearts.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 21, 2004
Butler doesn't have the necessary screen presence, and without a good Phantom, the movie fails to capture the imagination.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
December 21, 2004
Bottom line: If you love the show, you'll most likely love the movie. But if you think Webber's cash cow is a bloated monstrosity, well, there's always Lon Chaney.
Read More | Original Score: C
December 21, 2004
I'm more inclined to suggest that it be used to entertain the prisoners at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo -- at least until Amnesty International gets wind of it.
December 21, 2004
Sure, all the ingredients of camp are there (oh, the hubris!), but this isn't a so-bad-it's-good classic. It's worse.
December 16, 2004
Watching the passionless Phantom, with its geriatric story-framing device, gooey dimestore romanticism and tawdry pop ballads about unrequited yearning, feels akin to dying and waking up in your parents' easy-listening-radio hell.
December 15, 2004
A rapturous spectacle.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 10, 2004
A pale -- dare we say ghostly? -- copy of the original coup de theatre directed by Harold Prince.
December 9, 2004
Evokes the original show while working as a movie in its own right.