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The Phantom of the Opera

7/10
Musical . Romance . Drama . Thriller
 

Deformed since birth, a bitter man known only as the Phantom lives in the sewers underneath the Paris Opera House. He falls in love with the obscure chorus singer Christine, and privately tutors her while terrorizing the rest of the opera house and demanding Christine be given lead roles. Things get worse when Christine meets back up with her childhood acquaintance Raoul and the two fall in love

 
Actors: Jennifer Ellison , Victor McGuire , Simon Callow , Ciarán Hinds , Minnie Driver , Miranda Richardson , Patrick Wilson , Emmy Rossum , Gerard Butler
Directors: Joel Schumacher
Country: UK , USA
Release: 2004-12-22
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  • William Arnold

    The cast is good, the score is sublime, the visuals are sumptuous and it speeds along with a delirious romantic power that, if you let it, can sweep you away.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    If you've been seduced by Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage version of "The Phantom of the Opera," you'll fall in love with the gorgeous, splendidly cast film.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Michael Dequina

    The much-publicized decision to go "younger and sexier" with the casting--a move that turns out to pay off handsomely, enhancing and enriching the material.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Phantom, still running on Broadway after sixteen years, is a rapturous spectacle. And the movie, directed full throttle by Joel Schumacher, goes the show one better.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    I am recommending a movie that I do not seem to like very much. But part of the pleasure of moviegoing is pure spectacle -- of just sitting there and looking at great stuff and knowing it looks terrific. There wasn't much Schumacher could have done with the story or the music he was handed, but in the areas over which he held sway, he has triumphed.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Scotsman Gerard Butler does a fine job as the charismatic, ghostly character.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Derek Elley

    Sumptuous pic version, which evokes the original show while working as a movie in its own right, is lit by a radiant, vocally lustrous perf by teenaged Emmy Rossum.

    Variety Full Review
  • Phillip Kennicott

    It's gorgeous nonsense to look at, and in director Joel Schumacher's hands, "Phantom" emerges as one of those queer works of art that actually improve somehow as they get tackier and more removed from the original.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    Isn't just for music fans. It's more accessible than that, thanks to Joel Schumacher's bright direction and a few storytelling embellishments.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    Fans will cheer at Schumacher's faithful inflation of Webber's vision, which interprets all that pomp and bombast as if the show were some sort of overblown Vegas attraction.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    What the film most damagingly lacks though is a sense of mystery and danger.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Jo Berry

    The end result, although entertaining and well-crafted, certainly isn't on the same breathtaking scale of, say, Alan Parker's epic "Evita."

    Empire Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    The result isn't liberated from the stage; it's trapped, with waxworks literalness, onscreen.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Sid Smith

    Depending on your predilection, the movie version of The Phantom of the Opera is about as good - or as bad - as its phenomenally successful stage original.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    The acting and crooning are sadly uneven, making this a shaky comeback vehicle for the screen musical.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    Flamboyantly over-the-top, visually kinetic.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    Finally, you get down to the music, which is easy to take for the first hour, before it starts doubling and tripling back on itself, in an unnerving and seemingly unending spiral of repetition.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Ruthe Stein

    With Lloyd Webber onboard not just as composer but also co-screenwriter and producer, the film seemed destined to stay true to its roots rather than attempt to transcend them.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Ultimately, however, appreciation of The Phantom of the Opera will hinge upon your opinion of Lloyd Webber's skills as a composer.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    But beneath the bombast it's pure paste and tinsel and, robbed of the thrill of live performance, the show's deficiencies are glaringly apparent.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • David Ansen

    It's sometimes hard to tell the characters from the candelabra. This lavish screen version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical is so chockablock with decorative detail the human figures are often competing with the decor for attention.

    Newsweek Full Review
  • Steve Davis

    One can't help but wonder how much better this film would have played straight, without its characters in seemingly constant song. God help us if there's a film version of "Cats" in the works.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    Watching the passionless Phantom, with its geriatric story-framing device, gooey dimestore romanticism and tawdry pop ballads about unrequited yearning, feels akin to dying and waking up in your parents’ easy-listening-radio hell.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    Teen romance and operetta-style singing replace the horror elements familiar to moviegoers, and director Joel Schumacher obscures any remnants of classy stage spectacle with the same disco overkill he brought to "Batman Forever."

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    Combines fingernails-on-blackboard audio agony with bamboo-under-fingernails physical torture.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    This film "Phantom" takes everything that's wrong with Broadway and puts it on the big screen in a gaudy splat.

    Salon.com Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    Adding an additional layer of cheese to a project that already reeks hopelessly of Velveeta, Schumacher pumps up the empty spectacle, stranding his fetching-but-lifeless mannequins amid giant sets and overblown production numbers.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Jorge Morales

    This Phantom's an overblown mess of ostentatious razzmatazz. Sure, all the ingredients of camp are there (oh, the hubris!), but this isn't a so-bad-it's-good classic. It's worse.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Carina Chocano

    The real problem with "Phantom" is the problem with Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals in general. It's a slow-moving orgy of lowbrow grandiosity that's as tedious as it is overblown and pretentious.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    Lord Lloyd Webber's thorough acquaintance with the canon of 18th- and 19th-century classical music is not in doubt, but his attempt to force a marriage between that tradition and modern musical theater represents a victory of pseudo-populist grandiosity over taste - an act of cultural butchery akin to turning an aviary of graceful swans and brilliant peacocks into an order of Chicken McNuggets.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    We should not be surprised, then, if this bellowing beast of a movie looks and sounds like the extended special-edition remix of a Duran Duran video.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Crashing chandelier, crashing bore.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    It has a little something to irritate everybody. People looking for romance will find only cardboard lovers. People looking for a resounding musical will find it odd that the camera runs away from the lip-synching cast. And people looking for opera -- well, shame on you.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Phantom still an auditory lobotomy.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    In Schumacher's relentlessly arrhythmic and tone-deaf film, Gerard Butler plays the title role as if he were just plucked out of Monty Python's lumberjack chorus.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Bill Gallo

    Runs two hours and 20 minutes and plays like 10 days in the county jail.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Made for the most excruciating two-and-a-half hours I've ever spent in a theater.

    Slate Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    It adds up to a truly taxing couple of hours: ham acting, visual noise, aural torture, elementary plotting and unconvincing emotions.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Phantom still an auditory lobotomy.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    An experience best likened to being battered by hurricane-force winds generated by an organ with all stops pulled permanently out.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Phantom still an auditory lobotomy.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
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  • 6. The Mirror (Angel of Music-Reprise) Performer: Patrick Wilson, Emmy Rossum, and Gerard Butler Stream Music Online
  • 10. Notes Performer: Ciarán Hinds, Simon Callow, Patrick Wilson, Margaret Preece, Miranda Richardson, Jennifer Ellison, Victor McGuire, and Gerard Butler Stream Music Online
  • 11. Prima Donna Performer: Ciarán Hinds, Simon Callow, Patrick Wilson, Margaret Preece, Miranda Richardson, Jennifer Ellison, Victor McGuire, and Gerard Butler Stream Music Online
  • 12. Poor Fool, He Makes Me Laugh Performer: David Langham, Margaret Preece, Jennifer Ellison, Victor McGuire, and the Cast Stream Music Online
  • 13. Il Muto Performer: David Langham, Margaret Preece, Jennifer Ellison, Victor McGuire, Gerard Butler, and the Cast Stream Music Online
  • 14. Why Have You Brought Me Here? Performer: Patrick Wilson, Emmy Rossum, and Gerard Butler Stream Music Online
  • 15. Raoul Ive Been There Performer: Patrick Wilson, Emmy Rossum, and Gerard Butler Stream Music Online
  • 17. All I Ask of You (Reprise) Performer: Patrick Wilson, Emmy Rossum, and Gerard Butler Stream Music Online
  • 18. Masquerade Performer: Simon Callow, Ciarán Hinds, Miranda Richardson, Jennifer Ellison, Margaret Preece, Victor McGuire Patrick Wilson, Emmy Rossum and chorus Stream Music Online
  • 24. We Have All Been Blind Performer: Patrick Wilson, Ciarán Hinds, and Simon Callow Stream Music Online
  • 26. Don Juan Performer: Margaret Preece, Victor McGuire, Halcro Johnston, and the Vocal Chorus Stream Music Online
  • 29. Track Down This Murderer Performer: Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson, Miranda Richardson, Mark Carroll, Terry Kelly, David Arneil, John Griffiths, Graham McDuff, Tricia Deighton, Mandy Holliday, Jackie Marks, Sophie-Louise Dann, Valerie Cutko, Julia Worsley, Margaret Preece, and A Stream Music Online
  • 32. I RememberStranger Than You Dreamt It Performer: Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum Stream Music Online
  • 33. The Mirror (Angel of Music) Performer: Simon Lee, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Emmy Rossum & Gerald Butler Stream Music Online
  • 34. Down Once More Track Down This Murderer Performer: Simon Lee, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Patrick Wilson, Emmy Rossum & Gerald Butler Stream Music Online
  • 35. Down Once More / Track Down This Murderer Performer: Simon Lee, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Patrick Wilson, Emmy Rossum & Gerald Butler Stream Music Online