The Phantom of the Opera Reviews

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February 8, 2005
Phantom is as bloated as Monty Python's Mr. Creosote, and is so stagebound that it's just about as agile as that character.
January 27, 2005
The big-screen rendition of The Phantom of the Opera resembles a ridiculously expensive installment of Masterpiece Theatre.
January 27, 2005
My own reaction to the current version fashioned by Mr. Schumacher is one of pure stupefaction.
January 25, 2005
An awkward, overstuffed and occasionally painful delusion of grandeur ...
January 24, 2005
Could have used some 'star power,' but overall should make Webber followers happy
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.
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.
January 17, 2005
Good God.
January 16, 2005
A visual masterpiece.
January 16, 2005
The main problem is that the actors cast in the film can't really sing
January 15, 2005
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
January 15, 2005
January 15, 2005
January 15, 2005
"If you liked the stage version, you'll LOVE this version."
January 15, 2005
Schumacher has indeed delivered the lavish, lushly romantic film that fans have envisioned for years.
January 15, 2005
The plot is impressively free of anything that does not smell of unpasteurized melodrama.
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.
January 11, 2005
Right after hearing those bombastic rock opera organ chords, I felt all hope rapidly deflating from my body.
January 10, 2005
[Phantom of the Opera] is all shine and glitter but without substance.
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