The Phantom of the Opera
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Based on the hit musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the tale tells the story of a disfigured musical genius that haunts the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera, waging a reign of terror over its occupants. When he falls fatally in love with the lovely Christine, the Phantom devotes himself to creating a new star for the Opera--exerting a strange sense of control over the young soprano as he nurtures her extraordinary talents.
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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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