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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
    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
    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
    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. KentC
    Jan 9, 2008
    The music and singing will forever be stuck within your cranium. The blood, while pretty graphic, does not look very real due to the use of stage blood, so while it will make you squeamish (in a good, fun way) it won't make you throw up. Cohen's singing is delightfully funny and Ed Sander's has a lot of potential. Almost every cast member was spot on. Some funny dialogue is also a welcomed addition. Overall, any fan of movies, musicals, or both should NOT MISS THIS MOVIE! Expand
  2. Jan 10, 2013
    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. ErinB.
    Jun 4, 2008
    It's official! There is absolutely nothing Johnny Depp can't do! Twisted in a beautiful way!
  4. Alison
    Dec 27, 2007
    Sheer diabolical brilliance! The weak points were the sound mixing (the voices occasionally got overwhelmed by the music) and the editing that turned Judge Turpin into a garden variety lecher, but over all a very satisfying production! Expand
  5. NicholasG
    Apr 15, 2009
    I felt that scenes which did not involve Johnny Depp or Helena Bonham Carter were much more interesting. The exeption to this is the shaving competition which was only good because of Sacha Baron Cohen, who by the way was my favourite character and probably sung the best. Expand
  6. MikeS.
    Oct 15, 2008
    The film, much like Shakespeare's Hamlet, gets across the point that revenge will bring about a tragic ending and seldom go as planned. Unlike Hamlet, this film seeks to jar your mouth open and pour in as much gore and tasteless violence as possible, so you're left with indigestion while you're comprehending it afterwards. Take the idea of the forced open throat as you will. This movie neither attracted me, nor repelled me: kind of like the effect of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Expand
  7. PeterC.
    Dec 20, 2007
    Depp cannot have any spirit until he shows us that he has one, don't anyone let us get past these high reviews, Depp is as much of a dull name as Johnny. John Depp, the perfect name for a bore, as Tim Burton's skill proceeds to be very dark and bloodily violent, all we get to see the actor's place their off-beat singing voices that toon off the strength of the song. There is no magic in this thats for sure, no pressence of taste, and nothing but quirky unexcellency. They should have gotten rid of the dead bodies, because they are stinking up the theatre. Expand

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