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The Greatest Showman Reviews

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February 12, 2019
One cannot deny The Greatest Showman its merits, proving to be a perfect show for the season... a three-star film with a five-star performance from its ringmaster.
February 8, 2019
The Greatest Showman has some brightly-colored production numbers, some catchy-as-heck songs and a strong lead performance from [Hugh] Jackman. But while those pros are significant, they simply don't outweigh the many cons.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 5, 2019
For all the musical fanboys and girls out there, start your New Year's out right.
January 18, 2019
A touching, inspiring and joyful razzle-dazzle entertainment for the entire family, just in time for the holidays.
January 18, 2019
The Greatest Showman is a triumph.
December 21, 2018
The film is flashy in all the right ways, its dreamy and dazzling costumes punctuated with spirited and elaborate staging and set pieces.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
December 4, 2018
Like Barnum himself, it's an elegant fraud, nice enough to look at as long as you don't look too close.
November 24, 2018
Very little here works. The movie is safe and bland, with atrocious direction and horrible choreography.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 16, 2018
Almost everyone involved here was working in the full scope of their abilities. Perhaps one day they can even collaborate on something with more than just a shoestring screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 9, 2018
I might have enjoyed a different version of The Greatest Showman. One where the filmmaking was more adept, the songs more substantial, and the characters given the complexity they deserve. This? This is pap.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
November 5, 2018
Color, pizazz and a whole lot of movement obscure a film where performers don't have to try really hard to convey character.
October 31, 2018
I'm not sure how you read the room badly enough to think "Woke P.T. Barnum" is a great idea for your big holiday musical - it's like doing a version where chickens keep singing about how awesome Colonel Sanders is.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5
October 30, 2018
The music never really plants itself in viewers' minds as each piece feels overdone and jarringly anachronistic.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
October 27, 2018
A film that's as big and extravagant as musicals get. Run away to the circus and let it win you over.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 25, 2018
If you're a fan of movie musicals, this will be straight up your alley. If you're looking for a biographical storytelling of P.T. Barnum's life, you're not going to get it.
October 20, 2018
At times infectious and fun, at other times middling and tedious, The Greatest Showman is a mixed bag that will thrill some and estrange others.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
October 10, 2018
The Greatest Showman overcomes a predictable story with a rousing and entertaining production, led by a captivating performance from Hugh Jackman.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
September 14, 2018
This movie is an absolute joy. Fans of ... Jackman should definitely check (this) out, showcasing the talented actor in an exciting return to his musical roots.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 29, 2018
As genuinely if superficially enjoyable as The Greatest Showman is, there is something unseemly in embracing so tidy a view.
Full Review | Original Score: 3
August 27, 2018
There's more than enough flash and bang [in The Greatest Showman] to spare, but not nearly enough of a concentrated effort to fully develop one single angle, from plot to participants.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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