Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
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 been wrongly imprisoned and determined to seek vengeance against his accusers due to the grim fate that befell his wife and daughter while he was incarcerated, ex-convict Sweeny Todd (Depp) returns to his hometown and opens a modest barber shop. The one thing different about Todd's shop, however, is that no one who walks in for a trim is ever seen… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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"This is grand-scale studio-work at its most beguiling."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out
"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."
‑ Bob Mondello, NPR.org
"This magnificently realized musical from Stephen Sondheim contains the right blend of emotional pathos, stunning visuals and accessible songs."
‑ Ben Rawson-Jones, Digital Spy
"Sweeney Todd may just be that rare musical with broad appeal to audiences who might normally say they don't care for the genre."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, DCist
"Sweeney Todd is a throat-slasher of a motion picture. It creates a new genre -- the slasher musical. Adapted from the Tony-winning Broadway musical by Stephen Sondheim, it's the tuneful tale of cutthroat's revenge."
‑ Tony Macklin, Fayetteville Free Weekly
"A considerable achievement even if, on balance, it's more of a Tim Burton phantasmagoria than a Sondheim fantasia."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"It's as if Burton was born to direct it."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"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?"
‑ Jamie Graham, Total Film
"Elevates a rollicking gorefest into a dark work of art"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Filming a major Broadway musical has always been trouble for moviemakers; none of them seem to work."
‑ Dan Callahan, Slant Magazine
"As unsettling as it is riveting. Even Sondheim aficionados will see the story with fresh eyes, unless those eyes are covered."
‑ Gail Pennington, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"A thoughtful, sincere and moving film, buttressed by a fine, central performance by an actor at the top of his form."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"Looks incredible, like a moving painting, but it's absolutely mediocre..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"This is a remarkable piece of work for people who like their genres all mashed together in a meat grinder."
‑ Jordan Hoffman, UGO
"[Burton's] vision of a dark and smoggy nineteenth century London, with muted colors, is perfect for the music and the story."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
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