The Phantom of the Opera
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One of the most popular stage musicals in the history of Broadway and London's West End makes its long-awaited arrival on the motion-picture screen in this lavish adaptation directed by Joel Schumacher. Christine (Emmy Rossum) is a beautiful and gifted young woman who longs to join the company of the Paris Opera House. During rehearsals for one of the opera's grand productions, a backdrop falls and crashes to the floor, nearly crushing leading lady Carlotta (Minnie Driver). When several members of the company suggest this could be the work of the "Phantom of the Opera," a… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"My own reaction to the current version fashioned by Mr. Schumacher is one of pure stupefaction."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"This guy's not the Phantom of the Opera, he's the Fashionably Scarred Stud of the Opera and that just doesn't work."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"cinematically translated Webber's musical adaptation as well as humanly possible,"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Fantastic sets, costumes, great art direction and imaginative camera work make this a visually stunning film. The musical score, not so much."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Deserves to be locked up in a dank, water-filled dungeon and left to molder."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"The plot is impressively free of anything that does not smell of unpasteurized melodrama."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"Joel Schumacher's film adaptation of Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera combines fingernails-on- blackboard audio agony with bamboo- under- fingernails physical torture."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The whole production feels cut and pasted, and it doesn't translate well to the big screen..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Without a proper Phantom, the entire enterprise sags monumentally, and, unfortunately, Butler is a disaster here."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Tecnicamente impecável; no entanto, a adaptação medíocre de Weber não justifica mais de duas horas de projeção para apenas três canções aceitáveis (e Butler não sabe cantar)."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Takes everything that's wrong with Broadway and puts it on the big screen in a gaudy splat."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"The movie version of Lloyd Webber's swooning 1986 horror operetta has been directed, by Joel Schumacher, as if Schumacher were the world's hardest-working upholstery salesman."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Fans of musical theater will work themselves into a lather over Joel Schumacher's by-the-book film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's monotonous play, but most audiences will either fall asleep or hit the cinema doors running."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Most fans are bound to be disappointed to some degree, and non-aficionados of musical theater will find it tedious and silly. Do yourself a favor and see this on stage"
‑ Russ Breimeier, Christianity Today
"The movie is so overblown, so much is meant to dazzle the eye, that it overwhelms the characters and the music."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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