The Phantom of the Opera

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 39
  2. Negative: 15 out of 39
  1. The cast is good, the score is sublime, the visuals are sumptuous and it speeds along with a delirious romantic power that, if you let it, can sweep you away.
  2. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    Scotsman Gerard Butler does a fine job as the charismatic, ghostly character.
  3. Isn't just for music fans. It's more accessible than that, thanks to Joel Schumacher's bright direction and a few storytelling embellishments.
  4. 50
    Flamboyantly over-the-top, visually kinetic.
  5. 40
    One can't help but wonder how much better this film would have played straight, without its characters in seemingly constant song. God help us if there's a film version of "Cats" in the works.
  6. 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.
  7. 16
    It adds up to a truly taxing couple of hours: ham acting, visual noise, aural torture, elementary plotting and unconvincing emotions.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 36 out of 300
  1. TaylaM.
    Dec 26, 2007
    10
    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. KatieM.
    Jun 23, 2006
    10
    Emmy Rossum voice was angelic. Beautiful. I've heard many different recordings of different Christine'a and her's was one of Emmy Rossum voice was angelic. Beautiful. I've heard many different recordings of different Christine'a and her's was one of the best I've ever seen or heard. Stunning! Expand
  3. Anya
    Sep 13, 2005
    10
    Great. Love it.
  4. POTOredrose
    Aug 20, 2008
    10
    One of my favorite movies...Gerard Butler gave a very powerful and captivating performance and the entire cast did a great job !!
  5. May 22, 2015
    9
    40 on Metacritic is a joke. Seriously. Go through any of the critics reviews and you will find they are just **** about Joel Schumacher in40 on Metacritic is a joke. Seriously. Go through any of the critics reviews and you will find they are just **** about Joel Schumacher in general and not the great work he did on this film. Phantom is probably the best musical of all-time. Expand
  6. Apr 4, 2014
    6
    A good movie . but not that much violence. the movie is okay but the musical is just to annoying and not something to enjoy about this . Grade C+ ....
  7. Katherine
    Jul 28, 2006
    0
    Why did they make this? I mean the fun of watching the first one is becuase it's in black and white and it's silent. I think thats Why did they make this? I mean the fun of watching the first one is becuase it's in black and white and it's silent. I think thats the fun. But this is in color and in sound. Just like most of the other re-makes. Expand

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