The Fantasticks

Metascore
48

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15

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Critic Reviews

  1. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Kevin Thomas
    80
    Manages to honor the theatricality of the source yet becomes a fully cinematic experience. A gem.
  2. 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. TNT RoughCut
    Reviewed by: Andy Klein
    70
    Scrappy, sappy, and appealing.
  5. 70
    This is the first Broadway-sourced movie musical in umpteen years, and you should see it, because the score is gorgeous.
  6. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Kevin Maynard
    58
    Fans starving for some song and dance celluloid may be satiated, but this movie version really shows the material's age.
  7. The deliberate simplicity that works so well at the Sullivan Street Theater seems flat, anachronistic and almost spooky on the big screen.
  8. 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
  9. San Francisco Examiner
    Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    50
    It seems like another misstep - the story just doesn't hold up to Ritchie's treatment.
  10. 50
    A sweet, if slender, surprise.
  11. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    50
    A brave but ultimately futile attempt at adapting a piece that is so quintessentially theatrical that it defies translation to another medium.
  12. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    50
    Although dated, it's not a bad musical.
  13. Rolling Stone
    Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    40
    Shot five years ago by director Michael Ritchie. No release until now. Uh-oh. Disaster? Pretty much.
  14. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    20
    The resulting film is one of too much reverence and not enough satire.
  15. 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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