Mixed or average reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 39
  2. Negative: 15 out of 39
  1. Combines fingernails-on-blackboard audio agony with bamboo-under-fingernails physical torture.
  2. Lord Lloyd Webber's thorough acquaintance with the canon of 18th- and 19th-century classical music is not in doubt, but his attempt to force a marriage between that tradition and modern musical theater represents a victory of pseudo-populist grandiosity over taste - an act of cultural butchery akin to turning an aviary of graceful swans and brilliant peacocks into an order of Chicken McNuggets.
  3. 25
    Crashing chandelier, crashing bore.
  4. 25
    It has a little something to irritate everybody. People looking for romance will find only cardboard lovers. People looking for a resounding musical will find it odd that the camera runs away from the lip-synching cast. And people looking for opera -- well, shame on you.
  5. Phantom still an auditory lobotomy.
  6. 25
    In Schumacher's relentlessly arrhythmic and tone-deaf film, Gerard Butler plays the title role as if he were just plucked out of Monty Python's lumberjack chorus.
  7. 16
    It adds up to a truly taxing couple of hours: ham acting, visual noise, aural torture, elementary plotting and unconvincing emotions.
  8. 30
    This film "Phantom" takes everything that's wrong with Broadway and puts it on the big screen in a gaudy splat.
  9. 30
    Adding an additional layer of cheese to a project that already reeks hopelessly of Velveeta, Schumacher pumps up the empty spectacle, stranding his fetching-but-lifeless mannequins amid giant sets and overblown production numbers.
  10. Reviewed by: Jorge Morales
    This Phantom's an overblown mess of ostentatious razzmatazz. Sure, all the ingredients of camp are there (oh, the hubris!), but this isn't a so-bad-it's-good classic. It's worse.
  11. The real problem with "Phantom" is the problem with Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals in general. It's a slow-moving orgy of lowbrow grandiosity that's as tedious as it is overblown and pretentious.
  12. 30
    We should not be surprised, then, if this bellowing beast of a movie looks and sounds like the extended special-edition remix of a Duran Duran video.
  13. 20
    Runs two hours and 20 minutes and plays like 10 days in the county jail.
  14. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    Made for the most excruciating two-and-a-half hours I've ever spent in a theater.
  15. An experience best likened to being battered by hurricane-force winds generated by an organ with all stops pulled permanently out.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 399 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 35 out of 294
  1. TaylaM.
    Dec 26, 2007
    This HAS to be my favorite movie of all time. i basicly listen to it every day. I wish i could sing like any of them. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!
  2. Sep 30, 2011
    "The Phantom of the Opera" isn't much of a entertaining movie. The acting isn't good and the story is just obedient to the musical. Its the music that you'll like, just the music. Full Review »
  3. ViggoS.
    Jun 7, 2009
    I always thought that Gerard Butler was straight, but i don't anymore. this movie is so boring, that it would kill a hamster. (In lovely memory of my hamster) the hold story doesn't make any sense. Full Review »