The Greatest Showman

Critics Consensus

The Greatest Showman tries hard to dazzle the audience with a Barnum-style sense of wonder -- but at the expense of its complex subject's far more intriguing real-life story.

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Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

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Cast

Hugh Jackman
as P.T. Barnum
Zac Efron
as Phillip Carlyle
Rebecca Ferguson
as Jenny Lind
Zendaya
as Anne Wheeler
Paul Sparks
as James Gordon Bennett
Gayle Rankin
as Queen Victoria
Tina Benko
as Mrs. Winthrop
Fredric Lehne
as Mr. Hallett
Keala Settle
as The Bearded Woman
Austyn Johnson
as Caroline Barnum
Sam Humphrey
as Tom Thumb
Cameron Seely
as Helen Barnum
Eric Chase Anderson
as Mr. O'Malley
Ellis Rubin
as Young Barnum
Skylar Dunn
as Young Charity
Daniel Everidge
as Lord of Leeds
Radu Spinghel
as O'Clancy
Will Swenson
as Philo Barnum
Linda Larson
as Mrs. Stratton
Byron Jennings
as Mr. Carlyle
Betsy Aidem
as Mrs. Carlyle
Damian Young
as Mr. Winthrop
Kathryn Meisle
as Mrs. Hallett
Timothy Hughes
as Strong Man
Arnie Burton
as Court Herald
Carly Adams
as Ballerina #1
Sawyer Niehaus
as Ballerina #2
Shuler Hensley
as Lead Protestor
Will Erat
as Policeman
Henry Stram
as Ticket Taker
Michael Barra
as Stage Manager
Shannon Freyer
as Jenny Lind Admirer #1
Kevin Dwane
as Jenny Lind Admirer #2
Sandi DeGeorge
as Jenny Lind Admirer #3
Tony Neil Butler
as Royal Escort
Frances Emily Schramm
as Laundry Woman
Kenneth Chan
as Human Cannonball
Stacey Alyse Cohen
as Theater Goer #1
Tim Wilson
as Theatre Goer #2
Jonathon Culver
as Theater Goer #3
Bob Rumnock
as Bank Manager
Ben Reed
as Mill Worker
Martha Nichols
as Woman in Gold
Jonathan Redavid
as Dancer Oddity #1
Shannon Holtzapffel
as Dancer Oddity #2
Jeremy Craig Hudson
as Dancer Oddity #3
Taylor James
as Dancer Oddity #4
Chelsea Caso
as Dancer Oddity #5
Caoife Coleman
as Dancer Oddity #6
Mishay Petronelli
as Dancer Oddity #7
Khasan Brailsford
as Ensemble Dancer #1
Alex Wong
as Ensemble Dancer #2
Julius Rubio
as Ensemble Dancer #3
Vincent-Oliver Noiseux
as Ensemble Dancer #4
Sunny Walters
as Ensemble Dancer #5
Jessica Castro
as Ensemble Dancer #6
Najla Gilliam
as Ensemble Dancer #7
Christina Glur
as Ensemble Dancer #8
Emerson Tate Alexander
as Pointe Ballerina #1
Emerson Tate Alexander
as Pointe Ballerina #1
Victoria Llodra
as Pointe Ballerina #2
Louise Hindsbro
as Pointe Ballerina #3
Laci Justice
as Pointe Ballerina #4
GiaNina Paolantonio
as Pointe Ballerina #5
Rachel Quiner
as Pointe Ballerina #6
Madison Smith
as Pointe Ballerina #7
Brando Speach
as Pointe Ballerina #8
Daniel 'Cloud' Campos
as Dancing Bartender #1
Rod Roberts
as Dancing Bartender #2
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Critic Reviews for The Greatest Showman

All Critics (245) | Top Critics (45)

  • Like Barnum himself, it's an elegant fraud, nice enough to look at as long as you don't look too close.

    Dec 4, 2018 | Full Review…

    Sam Adams

    Slate
    Top Critic
  • ... [Hugh Jackman's] feel-good new film, The Greatest Showman, is where he truly gets to unleash his inner trouper, and he barely stops singing, dancing and flicking around a top hat from beginning to end.

    Dec 28, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The director, Michael Gracey, delivers quick doses of excitement in splashy scenes but has little feel for the choreographic action, offers scant historical substance, and displays slender dramatic insight.

    Dec 26, 2017 | Full Review…
  • This isn't the story of Barnum's life, but a formulaic rags-to-riches story grafted onto the broad outlines of Barnum's career as a circus entrepreneur.

    Dec 22, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Historians now agree that Barnum wasn't the one who said "There's a sucker born every minute," but it's hard to escape the feeling that you're being sold a poptimist bill of goods here.

    Dec 22, 2017 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • For all its cheeriness, brio and strong cast, this is a phoney baloney film with heartstring-tweaking, soul-stirring ambitions it is, by a laughable margin, too transparently manipulative to realise.

    Dec 22, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Greatest Showman

  • Jan 03, 2019
    A original take on the story of genius showman P.T. Barnum led by the very mesmerizing Hugh Jackman. The visual effects are stunning and the music is moving and vibrant. It does not contain much detail into the the story but you are satisfied by the end. Zac Efron also holds his own and I begin to like him more and more! 12-31-2018
    Christopher O Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2018
    The Greatest Showman's infectious dance numbers, musicality and showmanship from Hugh Jackman is enough to hold the tent up for a film that is undoubtedly about the visually dazzling spectacle than the obviously simplistic narrative. 3.81/5
    Super Reviewer
  • May 06, 2018
    A fun, albeit shallow time for the family. Skip the story, stay for the songs.
    Super Reviewer
  • Apr 21, 2018
    A cotton candy swirl of saccharine nonsense. I get why people like it, I do (the pop song score is undeniably catchy) but there's only so much of this narrative I'm willing to forgive.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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