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  • Summary: The screen incarnation of America's longest-running theatrical production, The Fantasticks is a funny, mischievous and moving tale of lovers, carnivals, sword fights, magicians, comedians, romantic dreams, romantic delusions and the wisdom of letting true love follow its own course. (MGM)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Manages to honor the theatricality of the source yet becomes a fully cinematic experience. A gem.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Faires
    78
    It has that bygone style, in which impossibly innocent ingenues suddenly break into blissfully tuneful song.
  3. Has slow patches and requires a generous suspension of disbelief. But it's also sweet and optimistic -- a welcome antidote to gloom.
  4. 50
    A sweet, if slender, surprise.
  5. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn & Lauren Kane
    50
    While the cast and songs are top notch, the predictability of the madness makes it pretty clear that this musical shouldn't have left the stage
  6. It seems like another misstep - the story just doesn't hold up to Ritchie's treatment.
  7. The movie version overflows with affection and good intention, but unwittingly turns a bauble of cheerful fakery into something that mostly feels phony.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
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