The Greatest Showman Reviews

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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.
December 28, 2017
... [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.
December 26, 2017
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.
December 23, 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.
December 22, 2017
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.
December 22, 2017
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.
December 22, 2017
The closest it gets to a hummable toe-tapper is Come Alive, which, at the risk of damning with faint praise, sounds like a Miami Sound Machine D-side.
December 21, 2017
The Greatest Showman is a perfunctory effort in story, music, dance, and direction that proffers empty messages about uniqueness, reaching not for the stars but for bland homogeneity.
December 21, 2017
An old-fashioned musical with a none-more-zeitgeisty songsheet, it may not be a flawless piece of storytelling, but it's a pretty decent show.
Top Critic
December 21, 2017
To make room for all the boring songs, historic facts are all but eliminated, leaving only the bare bones of Barnum's life.
December 21, 2017
On its own terms, it's an achievement. If I was 13, this might please my eyes and ears.
December 21, 2017
Screenwriters Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon whitewash history at every turn, making Barnum a warm, paternal figure beloved by his sideshow performers, wife, and children.
December 21, 2017
It's a family film whose infectious, crowd-pleasing song-and-dance numbers justify a 105-minute running length when the pedestrian story can't.
December 21, 2017
ll along you wonder how a story with so much potential could become a movie with so much wall-to-wall nothing.
December 21, 2017
Amazingly, a virtuoso Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum, spare-no-expense production values and a score by Oscar (La La Land) and Tony (Dear Evan Hansen) winners Ben Pasek and Justin Paul add up to a shrill blast of nothing
December 21, 2017
For sheer, go-for-broke nuttiness, The Greatest Showman stands alone in the landscape of this holiday season's crop of movies, and I urge you to give it a chance.
December 21, 2017
Ridiculously rapturous, idealistic and romantic. A film to be enjoyed and listened to ad nauseam.
December 20, 2017
It often feels like a collection of slickly produced music videos, loosely tied together with a plot we're not supposed to care too much about.
December 20, 2017
The joy the performers exhibit is practically contagious, and helps carry the movie over its drier patches.
December 20, 2017
An unabashed piece of pure entertainment, punctuated by 11 memorable songs.
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