Phantom of the Opera (1943)



Critic Consensus: Though it lives beneath the 1925 version, Claude Rains plays title character well in this landmark color version of the classic tragedy.


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Early color version of the classic story, starring Claude Reins as the obsessed, tragic Phantom.

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Critic Reviews for Phantom of the Opera

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (4)

The cinematography remains gorgeous to this day, and the sets are pretty. It is a picture of opulence. On that front, the film remains a success

Oct 12, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Lon Chaney created such an empathetic villain that it was nearly impossible not to root for him

Nov 13, 2015 | Full Review…

Rains, one of my favorite actors, gives a superb interpretation of the mysterious recluse.

Oct 26, 2014 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Fine version of classic horror/love story/tragedy...minus music, of course.

Aug 25, 2006 | Rating: 5/5

If you liked the stage version, you'll LOVE this version.

Dec 27, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/5

Esta luxuosa produção é bem-sucedida ao resgatar a grandiosidade da Ópera, mas falha justamente por permitir que seus valores técnicos transformem o Fantasma em coadjuvante.

Jan 22, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Phantom of the Opera


although i love claude rains as an actor, his casting is the only thing in this film i slightly question, and even still, he did a great job with the role within his limitations with this character. aside from that, the film was really quite good. the music spaced out well and the script solid, the end really left me gripped. a great film.

danny d
danny d

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I liked Claude Rains, but I didn't care too much for the movie. I'm sure there's a better film of the Phantom of the Opera.

Aj V
Aj V

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Universal's color production of Phantom of the Opera is a wonderful spectacle to behold. Rains makes for a brilliant pre-Phantom, but only his shadow is present for the remainder. His slip into madness is also quite sudden. It would have been nice for the main plot to take place 10 years after the scarring. It's typical Hollywood cinema of the 40's, catering to the widest market. It helps that each of Christine's suiters is given enough time to develop, and none of them are unlikable. We even get a hilariously misjudged comedic scene where two men keep saying the exact same thing AND get stuck in a doorway. The musical productions are also very detailed, with the sets being impressive in both scale and design.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

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For its time it is quite impressive, but it suffers from a weak plot that doesn't exactly translate from its play form. The suspense is dull until about the last 30 minutes, which is by far the best part of the film. Claude Rains played a really great kooky Phantom, he made the movie worthwhile. The visuals are good, but it's not spectacular.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

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