The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera (2005)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 21, 2005
DVD Release Date: May 3, 2005
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Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The music of the night has hit something of a sour note: Critics are calling the screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's popular musical histrionic, boring, and lacking in both romance and danger. Still, some have praised the film for its sheer spectacle.

Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

My own reaction to the current version fashioned by Mr. Schumacher is one of pure stupefaction.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

This guy's not the Phantom of the Opera, he's the Fashionably Scarred Stud of the Opera and that just doesn't work.

Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies

Too much of that film clung to the theatre experience, which ultimately appears wildly ingenuine on the silver screen.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

The plot is impressively free of anything that does not smell of unpasteurized melodrama.

Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Commit one unforced error after another on its way to becoming one of the sloppiest major musicals of contemporary times.

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Stephanie Zacharek

Takes everything that's wrong with Broadway and puts it on the big screen in a gaudy splat.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

cinematically translated Webber's musical adaptation as well as humanly possible,

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
The impressive sets, costumes, production direction and cinematography make for a stunning visual spectacle, but most of the songs - with the exception of two… More
Chris Weber
The sets, costumes, staging, and camera work are pretty good, but I think that Schumacher was the wrong choice as far as directing goes. I'm not one who… More
Kevin M. Williams
Imagine a big budget Disney animation about a princess in a castle and then, right in the middle of the effort they switch, ala the black and white to color… More
Mike S
To be perfectly honest, I've never been a big fan of musicals or musical-inspired movies. This, however, was a magical and spellbinding exception. The… More
Christian C
Thoroughly enjoyable.
Christopher Heim
The sets and costumes are a visual treat, but the romance elements lack flare and the plot lacks any sense of danger or emotional intrigue. The acting is okay… More