The Phantom
The Phantom (1996)

When a villain attempts to steal the powerful magic Skulls of Touganda, the Phantom, a masked hero in purple tights, emerges from his cave to stop him. This nostalgic superhero adventure is based upon the popular comic-strip hero created in… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 25, 1999
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Critic Score: 43% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The script gives Billy Zane little to work with, and thus he plays the Phantom as a friendly but completely one-dimensional hero.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

As the Phantom, Billy Zane, buff to the max, has a likable insouciance, but there's not much he can do to flesh out this relic.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Expect this ghost of bad movies past to walk quickly to the back bins of Blockbuster, where it should be filed under a helpful heading, monotonous and juvenile.


The result is oddly ineffectual and sometimes just plain dull.

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Godfrey Cheshire

While it hardly stands to vanquish the celluloid incarnations of Superman and Batman, this version of an older cartoon crusader's exploits does have a pleasingly astute sense of its place in the great scheme of things pulp.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

It's nice to see some things done the old way.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

If the biggest problem with costumed superheroes is those silly costumes, the venerable comic-book crimefighter known as the Phantom (Billy Zane) has a bigger problem than most.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

This belated, albeit decorative adaptation looks tamely second-hand.

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Lawrence Van Gelder
New York Times

The pleasures are familiar, but not the least bit inspired.

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Rob Vaux

Our grim avengers of the 21st century could use some reminding that it's okay to smile once in awhile… and that 'fun' should be more than just an afterthought when stories of this ilk are told.

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Flixster Audience Score: 30% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
If you cross Indiana Jones with Tarzan and mix in some 'Goonies' type pirate tomfoolery then you pretty much have this fun cheesy boys own adventure.… More
Emily Armstrong
Heeheehee, this movie is foolishness. This might be the simplest superhero movie I've ever seen. The only thing about The Phantom that's not… More
Jens S.
Very Indiana-Jones-esque adaptation of the classic comic adventures of the just and mysterious hero. While some parts reek of B-movies, others are genuinely… More
Alex roy
The Phantom is one of those films that you either love or hate. In my case, I loved it. Billy Zane plays Kit Walker/The Phantom aka The ghost who walks. Zane is… More
Luke Baldock
Slated upon its release in 1996, The Phantom has never been on the top of anyone's favourite superhero list. I remember the character from Defenders Of The… More
Tim Salmons
Not a total stinker.