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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)
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. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    50
    Although dated, it's not a bad musical.
  5. 50
    A brave but ultimately futile attempt at adapting a piece that is so quintessentially theatrical that it defies translation to another medium.
  6. It seems like another misstep - the story just doesn't hold up to Ritchie's treatment.
  7. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    20
    The resulting film is one of too much reverence and not enough satire.

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

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