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The Greatest Showman Reviews

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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
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
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
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
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.
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
August 14, 2018
It's a cheesy, spineless film that celebrates the shameless exploitation that Barnum built an empire on, containing none of the same thrills or shocks that he was known for.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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-
April 23, 2018
The hard times of a successful white male with a midlife crisis.
January 23, 2018
Anachronistic as all get-out, though often in the overt cause of racial justice and equality, the movie strains narrative credulity at every turn
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 3, 2018
Everything is geared towards packaging Barnum as a sort of cuddly pioneer of inclusivity, rather than the hard-nosed businessman of his times that he was.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 20, 2017
Do yourselves a favor: buy the soundtrack and make up your own plot to connect the dots in between the songs. What's there now is utterly tone-deaf.
December 20, 2017
The Greatest Showman may have some awesome music and set pieces, but when it gets down to the thick of it, P.T. Barnum's personal history is largely ignored.
January 16, 2018
That's why, despite it's empowering theme song, diverse cast, and strong vocal lead in Hugh Jackman, it's impossible to separate The Greatest Showman from what we know of P.T. Barnum the man.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
December 21, 2017
The film never totally gets a grip on the story it's telling, only the story it wants to tell, and as such becomes a tedious exercise in shallow extravagance and wasted talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 21, 2017
The Greatest Showman is not the greatest show; my sweat was not soaking through the floor. Unfortunately, The Greatest Showman is probably not even the third-best show.
December 20, 2017
The Greatest Showman is a con artist's bauble, which is to say: it'll swindle you and it'll lie to you, but it's not without its charms.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
December 20, 2017
It's almost irrelevant that The Greatest Showman is not a very good movie because it's such an atrocious idea in the first place.
December 22, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 19, 2018
It's almost tempting to describe The Greatest Showman as a masterpiece of surrealism, in it's off-base aesthetics and absurdist drama. Unfortunately, it is more likely just bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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