Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

Stephen Sondheim's award-winning musical thriller comes to the big screen in this adaptation directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Timothy Spall, and Alan Rickman. Embittered at having… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 1, 2008
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Full of pith and Grand Guignol grossness, this macabre musical is perfectly helmed and highly entertaining. Tim Burton masterfully stages the musical in a way that will make you think he has done this many times before.

Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

This is grand-scale studio-work at its most beguiling.

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Bob Mondello
NPR.org

The movie may substitute Grand Guignol for laughs at times, but it's spectacularly stylized -- each throat-slashing exceptional -- persuasively sung, and imaginatively adapted for the screen.

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Mark Asch
Stop Smiling

Sweeney Todd is maybe a bit too Grand for its own good. It's all danse, no macabre.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

A considerable achievement even if, on balance, it's more of a Tim Burton phantasmagoria than a Sondheim fantasia.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

It's as if Burton was born to direct it.

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Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy

This magnificently realized musical from Stephen Sondheim contains the right blend of emotional pathos, stunning visuals and accessible songs.

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Gail Pennington
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

As unsettling as it is riveting. Even Sondheim aficionados will see the story with fresh eyes, unless those eyes are covered.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

A thoughtful, sincere and moving film, buttressed by a fine, central performance by an actor at the top of his form.

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Jamie Graham
Total Film

It's gross but will it gross? Burton and Depp's cannibal musical is an especially acquired taste - Oliver! reimagined by Eli Roth. Brave, brutal... ballads?

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
A musical slasher flick that is just beyond fun. This is Tim Burton and if you dont care for him dont watch but if you do this is a good one.
Samuel Riley
I was never the biggest musical fan,I had very little interest in the genre.However, when I saw this film, it was incredible.A strong story fused with the… More
Bob Stinson
ennui - i'm done with the burton / depp show. just another vehicle for same - albeit a witty tuneful one.
paul oh
Probably one of the few musicals that I didn't hate. Its plot is dark and the singing augments it. A fun watch for the older audience.
Eric Shankle
I normally don't like musicals but "Sweeney Todd" is an exception. The story is powerful and is accompanied with some decent songs. It gets… More
Dead Angel
It's an odd musical movie. Some songs were really catchy. I wouldn't say I liked it a lot but it wasn't that bad.

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