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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Musical . Music . Horror . Drama

The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, a.k.a Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Based on the hit Broadway musical.

Actors: Anthony Stewart Head , Laura Michelle Kelly , Ed Sanders , Jayne Wisener , Jamie Campbell Bower , Sacha Baron Cohen , Timothy Spall , Alan Rickman , Helena Bonham Carter , Johnny Depp
Directors: Tim Burton
Country: USA , UK
Release: 2007-12-21
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  • Roger Ebert

    Helena Bonham Carter may be Burton's inamorata, but apart from that, she is perfectly cast, not as a vulgar fishwife type but as a petite beauty with dark, sad eyes and a pouting mouth and a persistent fantasy that she and the barber will someday settle by the seaside. Not bloody likely.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    The result is one of the odder and, certainly the most compelling of the short stream of Broadway-to-Hollywood transplants of recent years. The interweaving of the music and the visuals casts an unusual, restive spell of delight and unease.

    Premiere Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Something close to a masterpiece, a work of extreme -- I am tempted to say evil -- genius.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Ansen

    Depp is such a soulful presence he gives you a glimpse of this maniac's pain and pathos. Bonham Carter is extraordinary. She reinvents Mrs. Lovett from the inside out.

    Newsweek Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    A final word for those of you who just don't care for musicals: The movie's true lyricism is less in its score than in its visual and emotional palette, and in watching Depp rise to the majesty of madness. So give Sweeney Todd a try. Even Victor, when he finally saw it, agreed: it's bloody great.

    Time Full Review
  • Peter Marks

    Admirers of Stephen Sondheim who have wondered whether a riveting movie would ever be made from one of his stage musicals can put aside their doubts and worries: Tim Burton has finally accomplished it in his ravishing Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    Burton brings his signature visual style, and a pair of stock players for his stars, into this film adaptation, but he wisely follows Sondheim's lead, letting the music and spirit of the original piece show the way.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    The impact is hypnotic.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    Teaming with Depp, his long-time alter ego, Burton makes Sweeney a smoldering dark pit of fury and hate that consumes itself. With his sturdy acting and surprisingly good voice, Depp is a Sweeney Todd for the ages.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Pete Vonder Haar

    I know a lot of people with no knowledge of Sondheim’s musical (much less Bond’s play) are going to buy tickets for a cute holiday movie starring that handsome Johnny Depp and end up experiencing something else entirely. Bon appétit.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Burton, bless him, constricts the space and concentrates the melodrama; he finds the perfect balance between the funereal and the ferocious. Above all, he treasures these ghouls: He digs both their bloodlust and their melancholy.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    Tim Burton has taken a hallowed classic of the modern musical theater, hemmed in the narrative from well over two hours to well under, cast confessed nonsingers in the principal roles, and somehow managed to make something magical out of it

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    This Sweeney is a bloody wonder, intimate and epic, horrific and heart-rending as it flies on the wings of Sondheim's most thunderously exciting score.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Sweeney Todd may haunt you in ways you’re not used to with a movie musical. At least not since “Mame.”

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Burton has found a vehicle sturdy enough to indulge every facet of his imagination: His great visual flair, his sense of whimsy and humor, his fondness for horror and his love of music.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Mighty entertainment that makes you feel sorry for the saps next door in the multiplex.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    Tim Burton's grand guignol fantasy transforms Stephen Sondheim's 1979 musical-theater piece into a cheerfully gothic morality tale.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Mesmerizing and highly entertaining.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Though Burton's version is faithful, the filter of his sensibility has turned it into another of his necrophilic creepshows.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The movie is so finely minced a mixture of Sondheim's original melodrama and Burton's signature spicing that it's difficult to think of any other filmmaker so naturally suited for the job.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    They've made a movie-movie of Sweeney Todd, and if you've got the stomach and ear for it, you'll be grateful.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Andy Spletzer

    Sometimes jaunty, often dark, and very stylized. In other words, it's a perfect fit for director Tim Burton.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    A considerable achievement even if, on balance, it's more of a Tim Burton phantasmagoria than a Sondheim fantasia.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Kim Newman

    Whether horror fans are ready for high-notes or musical buffs will appreciate Dario Argento levels of gore is an open question, but this is a rich, demented experience.

    Empire Full Review
  • J. Hoberman

    No Greek tragedy, this Hollywood Sweeney is a FUN creepy-crawly. If nothing else, Burton has learned that the successfully gruesome is its own reward.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Carina Chocano

    It's not entirely surprising that Burton's Sweeney Todd feels heavier on style than on substance -- so much that the style almost subverts the story. Still, it's a gorgeous artifact and pretty enjoyable in all.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • June Thomas

    Burton's overall restraint is a welcome surprise. Shorn of his usual camp trappings, the director evokes a sadness beneath every uneasy smile he draws from the audience.

    Slate Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Both sharp and fleet, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street proves a satisfying screen version of Stephen Sondheim’s landmark 1979 theatrical musical.

    Variety Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    Well-crafted if relatively impersonal adaptation.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    Depp may not be a trained singer, but his voice is more than passable, and his presence - his Sweeney is Edward Scissorhands gone bad - is perfect. Bonham Carter sings well, too, and young Ed Sanders, as the pie shop's Dickensian apprentice, is a delight.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Sweeney Todd comes as close to raging at normalcy as Burton has dared. It's no coincidence that the rage is borrowed from a greater artist.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    The whole work drips with a camp savagery (hence the presence of Sacha Baron Cohen as Pirelli, a rival barber and faux-Italianate fop), which in turn relies on the conviction that death itself, like sexual desire, exists to be sniffed at and chuckled over.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    With Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Tim Burton gives new meaning to the term "director's cut."

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    In the end, the real problem with the Demon Barber of Fleet Street is that he's not as bloody fun as he should be.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Steve Winn

    What looks good on paper contracts doesn't guarantee results. Stylized but spasmodic, this "Sweeney" seems more interested in distancing than captivating an audience.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    What does it say about a picture when the highest praise must go to impressive scenery?

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    The picture throws off no feeling, not even the misanthropic kind; at best, it manages a dull, throbbing energy, as if Burton were dutifully pushing his way through the material instead of shaping it. Full Review
  • Josh Rosenblatt

    Burton's gorgeously grim film (his sixth with Depp) is loyal to Sondheim's original, both in spirit and structure; it's dark and gothic and drenched in blood, and it forgoes excessive dialogue in the name of getting quickly to the next murky, malevolent, yet strangely forgettable tune.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    An elegant horror film, starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, that takes pleasure in its own theatricality, gives pleasure with caustic wit, trusts the power of Stephen Sondheim's score and exults in flights of fancy that only a movie can provide.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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  • 9. Pirellis Miracle Elixir Performer: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter & Ed Sanders as Edward Sanders Stream Music Online
  • 17. Johanna (Act II) Performer: Johnny Depp, Jamie Campbell Bower & Laura Michelle Kelly Stream Music Online
  • 18. God, Thats Good! Performer: Helena Bonham Carter & Ed Sanders as Edward Sanders Stream Music Online
  • 20. Not While Im Around Performer: Helena Bonham Carter & Ed Sanders as Edward Sanders Stream Music Online
  • 26. Pirelli's Miracle Elixir Performer: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter & Ed Sanders (as Edward Sanders) Stream Music Online
  • 28. God, That's Good! Performer: Helena Bonham Carter & Ed Sanders (as Edward Sanders) Stream Music Online
  • 29. Not While I'm Around Performer: Helena Bonham Carter & Ed Sanders (as Edward Sanders) Stream Music Online