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  • Summary: From the dark, gothic imagination of director Tim Burton comes Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, a bloody tale of music, murder, melodrama, meat pies, and one man's desperate desire for revenge. (Paramount Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 35 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. 100
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    100
    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.
  3. 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.
  4. Though Burton's version is faithful, the filter of his sensibility has turned it into another of his necrophilic creepshows.
  5. A considerable achievement even if, on balance, it's more of a Tim Burton phantasmagoria than a Sondheim fantasia.
  6. Reviewed by: June Thomas
    80
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    40
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 31 out of 199
  1. Jun 18, 2012
    10
    A fantastic film from start to finish, and definitely Tim Burton's finest. Despite not having any prior musical training, both Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter are able to deliver the lines and pitches of the musical's songs with feeling, and I especially enjoyed Depp's emotional, simmering performance of the song 'Epiphany'. In fact, pretty much every aspect of Sweeney Todd drips atmosphere and evokes powerful emotions - the brooding score, the mysterious, gothic and haunting depiction of Victorian London, with it's uniformly deathly dark and sombre colours contrasting perfectly with the bright red fountains of blood that gush from Todd's unwitting victims, and the excellent costumes. The only minor niggles are the film's rather short length and Ed Sander's largely too 'Oliver'-like performance. This has to be my favourite film of all time and I highly recommend it. Expand
  2. Jan 10, 2013
    10
    This movie was was brilliant the ending is such a plot twist that i didnt expect the movie is inspirational (not because i want to kill people because no one can make good movies anymore) and well written the acting is really great and the singing amazing you can really feel for all of the characters in this movie you cant do that with most others but all in all this is one of the best movies in a long time and you should watch it Expand
  3. Jan 14, 2014
    10
    This Is a fantástic film, i just love it
    This Is the best film thath i ever atched
    This Is art
    I love it
    And the actors are the best of
    the world
    Is just a perfect film
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  4. May 20, 2011
    9
    great movie. the music was good. the acting was great. the visual effects were spectacular. i simply love this film. it was funny and evil. and sad. it was glorious. Expand
  5. Jan 20, 2014
    8
    A rather wonderful and original musical film. I found myself loving all the characters despite the evil nature of most of them. I was also glad to see Sasha Baron Cohen prove he is worthy of a blockbuster role. Expand
  6. Nov 1, 2011
    8
    I don't like musicals. But I am a fan of Tim Burton films, and I don't know whether its the performance of Depp or the haunting songs that drew me in to this film, its excellent. Its typical of a Tim Burton film, with all the dark and dreary demeanor brought to life by cunning performances. The cast is also great, Depp IS Sweeney Todd, Helena Bonam-Carter plays her part well and even Sacha Baron Cohen cannot wreck this film...not that he's a terrible actor, I just didn't expect him to fit in as well as he did. Expand
  7. Aug 27, 2012
    3
    It was dreadful, to be honest. None of the leads can sing and the music is horribly repetitive while still being forgettable. I would no doubt rank it higher if it had actual decent singers (as I know the musical has its fans) but this rendition just made me dislike the musical as a whole. You don't forgo talent to hire your friends if you want artistic integrity and this film is a prime example why. Expand

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