Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Reviews

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November 15, 2019
Tim Burton and company have indeed reinvented a wondrous work with an extraordinary vibrancy and vivacity that is to die for. So make a date to meet up on Fleet Street where morality and madness meet.
June 6, 2019
A brilliant mix of beauty and horror, shot in near-monochromatic tones by cinematographer Dariusz Wolski and deftly blended and juxtaposed by Burton.
January 29, 2019
It keeps getting bloodier by the scene, yet remains curiously engaging.
November 3, 2018
Sondheim has hitherto been ill-served by film adaptations of his stage work, but Burton has done a formidable job of trimming and re-working the original play. A visual and aural treat.
August 23, 2018
Without any warmth and humor at all, how are you meant to care? I'm not saying you always have to care about someone in a movie - not at all - but here the story is so ludicrous that, unless you can, why bother?
April 28, 2016
Revenge stories don't get a pass just because they are about revenge. If there is a genuine meaning to the legend of Benjamin Barker and what he must go through, poor Tim Burton is no closer to understanding it than his predecessors were.
January 2, 2015
This dark operatic movie looks like Burton meant every bit of it, that he shared this story's longing for death and night and blood.
September 30, 2014
Sweeney Todd is maybe a bit too Grand for its own good. It's all danse, no macabre.
November 17, 2011
This is grand-scale studio-work at its most beguiling.
July 14, 2011
This magnificently realized musical from Stephen Sondheim contains the right blend of emotional pathos, stunning visuals and accessible songs.
May 27, 2011
It's gross but will it gross? Burton and Depp's cannibal musical is an especially acquired taste - Oliver! reimagined by Eli Roth. Brave, brutal... ballads?
October 5, 2010
Looks incredible, like a moving painting, but it's absolutely mediocre...
July 7, 2010
It's rare that entertainment with such a lofty pedigree also offers generous portions of things people actually like: revenge, violence and viscera, a protagonist we can root for, occasional humor, nice tunes. Is that so much to ask?
June 12, 2010
Sweeney Todd may just be that rare musical with broad appeal to audiences who might normally say they don't care for the genre.
August 27, 2009
Elevates a rollicking gorefest into a dark work of art
August 14, 2009
This is a remarkable piece of work for people who like their genres all mashed together in a meat grinder.
February 2, 2009
Sweeney Todd is a throat-slasher of a motion picture. It creates a new genre -- the slasher musical. Adapted from the Tony-winning Broadway musical by Stephen Sondheim, it's the tuneful tale of cutthroat's revenge.
October 18, 2008
A considerable achievement even if, on balance, it's more of a Tim Burton phantasmagoria than a Sondheim fantasia.
October 18, 2008
As unsettling as it is riveting. Even Sondheim aficionados will see the story with fresh eyes, unless those eyes are covered.
October 18, 2008
[Burton's] vision of a dark and smoggy nineteenth century London, with muted colors, is perfect for the music and the story.
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