The Phantom of the Opera Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
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.
December 22, 2004
It's a shamelessly over-the-top wallow in romantic obsession, and a thoroughly enjoyable one.
December 22, 2004
The movie misfires as often as it connects.
December 22, 2004
It was the '80s. You really had to be there. Preferably with low expectations.
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.
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.
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.
December 22, 2004
Where's Homeland Security when you need it?
December 22, 2004
Schumacher has bravely taken aboard this dreck and made of it a movie I am pleased to have seen.
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.
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.
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.
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