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Phantom of the Paradise Reviews

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July 20, 2016
Phantom of the Paradise is not just one of the flashiest, angriest musical films, but an enduring and damning kiss-off to America's spiraling desperation for entertainment.
May 5, 2016
Brian De Palma returns to the incompetence of his earlier films with Phantom of the Paradise...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 12, 2015
Bravura cinematic spectacle with just enough literary antecedent and social commentary that it doesn't come across as shallow as the word "spectacle" implies.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
September 8, 2014
While Phantom of the Paradise is a mess, it's an extremely interesting mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
September 4, 2014
With its climactic assassination attempt of a lovely songstress, this sardonic skewering of the music industry-as-America may be nothing less than a more rollicking, less sniffy predecessor to Altman's 'Nashville.'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 24, 2014
The film has everything a cult classic needs: eccentric plotting, weird characters (watch out for Gerrit Graham as Beef), bizarre costumes and a rocking soundtrack.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 26, 2011
If you don't love it, I have to wonder what brings you to movies in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: A
March 7, 2009
Does a slasher's job in cutting up the greedy music business moguls with its sharp satire.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 24, 2007
A very good horror comedy-drama about a disfigured musician haunting a rock palace. Brian De Palma's direction and script makes for one of the very rare 'backstage' rock story pix, catching the garishness of the glitter scene in its own time.
September 24, 2007
A fairly entertaining, but only sporadically successful, horror-musical comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 24, 2007
This was one of De Palma's early efforts, and its excesses can be chalked up to youthful enthusiasm -- the ideas seem appealingly audacious even when they misfire.
September 5, 2006
As in that other great musical spoof, The Girl Can't Help It, Phantom of the Paradise draws withering links between product and consumer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 24, 2006
Nothing that remarkable about the plot in itself, but De Palma employs his love of gadgetry to imaginative effect, and casts a satirically beady eye upon the money-hungry foibles of the music industry.
May 26, 2006
Filled with bizarre colors, vintage 70s-era rock and truly imaginative ideas, it's still a thrill.
May 9, 2005
An elaborate disaster, full of the kind of facetious humor you might find on bumper stickers and cocktail coasters.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
December 12, 2003
Better than it has any right to be.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
August 26, 2002
DePalma's most fascinating explosion of montages, split screens, 360-degree tracking shots, subjective camera -- and the kitchen sink is probably in there somewhere, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
September 26, 2001
De Palma's goth-goth-glam horror satire hasn't aged too well, but it's still a hoot.
Read More | Original Score: 72/100
September 11, 2001
a gaudy, silly, but undeniably innovative merging of Gaston Leroux's Phantom of the Opera and the Faust legend into a giddy art-rock opera
| Original Score: 3/4
July 23, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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