Metascore
36

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. As audacious as it is compelling and as dark as it is erotic. Its sexuality is explicit, alternately teasing and brutal, and one that is ultimately a cautionary tale.
  2. Reviewed by: Ellen Fox
    50
    A muddy, dreamlike Portuguese offering.
  3. 50
    An interesting addition to a genre that tends too often to disregard artistic technique.
  4. 50
    Easily the artiest queer stroke movie of the year.
  5. Reminded me most of Jean Genet's "Un chant d'amour," with bondage and latex replacing incarceration and cigarettes. This is not to say that it's equally good or poetic, but the eroticizing of a whole universe is no less apparent.
  6. 40
    While the transgressive trappings (especially the frank sex scenes) ensure that the film is never dull, Rodrigues's beast-within metaphor is ultimately rather silly and overwrought, making the ambiguous ending seem goofy rather than provocative.
  7. With little dialogue, a murky night setting and the slowest of plots, this Portuguese fantasy only comes alive when it conforms to its true nature as arthouse pornography.
  8. 30
    First-time director João Pedro Rodrigues' unwillingness to define his hero’s background or motivations becomes more and more frustrating as the film goes on.
  9. Both grueling and dull. Imagine (if possible) a Pasolini film without passion or politics, or an Almodóvar movie without beauty or humor, and you have some idea of the glum, numb experience of watching O Fantasma.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 5 out of 17
  1. Anonymoususer
    Sep 7, 2007
    9
    this is not a movie made to be digested by americans. no explosions, no CGI, no george clooney, no abc 123 training wheels plot. this is a painting of a path to sexual/pattern behavior slavery. the character may have been turned on at some point, but finds less and less fulfillment until he becomes a robot in a black suit who loses his ties to conventional society; eating garbage. hence the senseless finale. it is shot at night because that's where the character prowls... dear heavens, the comments here explain why Bush was elected. this is a movie about sexual repression turned mental illness; if you're looking for something else, go watch Transformers or the latest X-Men. Full Review »
  2. RichardH.
    Mar 1, 2007
    10
    Briliant movie about a young man who expresses himself through his body and sexual/erotic encounters in modern day Portugal. Fantastic.
  3. CristianoG.
    Oct 8, 2005
    7
    It's a intelligent movie about the society "despersonalization" that occurs nowadays. It's about a man that communicates through his own body. A man that looks for somethin real in his life; It´s a really good movie. Full Review »