The Phantom
The Phantom (1996)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 7, 1996
DVD Release Date: May 25, 1999
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Critic Score: 41% 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.

Nick Rogers

Maybe "The Phantom" would have been better served betting the house on its old-school aesthetic. Supertitles. Narrators. Melodramatic music. Cheesy? Sure, but bravely so, in a way that would make it a bold outlier rather than a mostly blasť casualty.

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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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Barbara Shulgasser
Common Sense Media

'90s superhero adventure has action violence, profanity.

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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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The result is oddly ineffectual and sometimes just plain dull.

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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.