The Phantom
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The first superhero ever, created by Lee Falk in 1936, gets another shot at movie stardom 60 years after achieving fame in comics and serials. Billy Zane stars as Kit Walker, who discovers that he's the 21st in a line of purple-clad African superheroes known as "The Phantom" or, to superstitious Bengalla Island natives, "the Ghost Who Walks." When he's not fighting the evil Singh Brotherhood with his faithful wolf Devil and white horse Hero, the Phantom lives in the hidden Skull Cave. Kit discovers that Xander Drax (Treat Williams), a slimy industrialist, is… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

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"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."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"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."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The result is oddly ineffectual and sometimes just plain dull."
‑ , Film4
"[It] could have been much worse."
‑ Dragan Antulov, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Anyone looking for comic-strip excitement could do a lot worse."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"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."
‑ Godfrey Cheshire, Variety
"It's nice to see some things done the old way."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A whole lot of fun."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"I just love the character of the Phantom. With his purple costume, his Skull cave and his animal sidekicks, he's totally ridiculous yet the cool thing is that he seems to be in on the joke."
‑ Kevin N. Laforest, Montreal Film Journal
"This belated, albeit decorative adaptation looks tamely second-hand."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"The pleasures are familiar, but not the least bit inspired."
‑ Lawrence Van Gelder, New York Times
"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."
‑ Rob Vaux, Filmcritic.com
"Billy Zane proves he should be Superman, and Catherine Zeta-Jones breaks out before Zorro. Very campy, but well worth it."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"The costume and design folks are almost show-stealers."
‑ Kim Williamson, Boxoffice Magazine
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