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Opened in Theaters: Wednesday, December 22nd, 2004

Directed by Joel Schumacher
Genre: Musicals
Running Time: 2:23

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Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera
Academy Award® Nominee
Based on the stage musical, a disfigured musical genius haunts the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera, waging a reign of terror over its occupants.  View more >

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Starring Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson...  View more >

Academy Award® Nominations
Art Direction
Music (Song)

Limited Release on 12/22/2004, wider release on 1/21/2005
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Reviews Summary

Rating # %  
See Now!  8 73 See Now! Percent
Good  3 27 Good Percent
Wait for Rental  0 0 Wait Percent
Stay Away!  0 0 Stay Away! Percent
11 Total Reviews

Please Note: Reader Reviews are submitted by the readers of The BigScreen Cinema Guide and represent their own personal opinions regarding this movie, and do not represent the views of The BigScreen Cinema Guide, or any of its associated entities.

[--- See Now! ---]by  Dec 26, 2004
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[--- See Now! ---]by  Dec 31, 2004
[--- See Now! ---]by VIP MemberDec 31, 2004
Despite the critics' displeasure with the movie format and their "chemistry-of-the-lovers-doesn't-work" lines, this film is wonderful! You'd have to be a stone not to be moved by the lyrics. Because it is a film, you SEE the story more and understand what the lyrics mean. Miranda Richardson (Christine) and Minnie Driver (Carlota) are excellent!

There are a few flaws: the Phantom should probably be a better singer and were he more handsome, you could appreciate Christine's struggle better. By far, the best scenes are the snowy rooftop scene and the organ blasting away when the chandelliar is revived. And the music in the film is just as incredible as it is on stage. Man, if this is low-brow, as some critics are saying, let's have some more! Finally, Miranda Richardson was gorgeous!
[--- See Now! ---]by  Jan 1, 2005
[--- See Now! ---]by  Jan 1, 2005
I sure don't know what movie Mr. James Berardinelli (the Featured Movie Critic) saw, but it sure wasn't the same movie I saw. The acting by everyone (including Gerard Butler) is superb, the singing (with the exception of Gerard Butler) fantastic, the sets unbelievable and the music unforgettable! Joel Schumacher, the director, did exactly what he should have done directing this film. I did find it a trifle long but never boring. I want to see it again! Oh yes, Emmy Rossum is perfect as Christine.
[--- Good ---]by  Jan 2, 2005
This movie is good, and usually I don't care for musicals, due to their corniness. So, naturally, because musicals are corny, this one definitely had its parts. However, I put this one above others I've seen, due to a good storyline and a dark feel. It's not typical: The songs aren't happy and peppy. Keep in mind that this is an opera. But the story is good overall, and I liked it. However, I'm not sure if most guys would feel the same. Dare I say, chick flick? But maybe not. ;)
[--- Good ---]by  Jan 7, 2005
If you like watching a movie where all of the actors sing their lines from beginning to end this movie should be considered a "See Now".
But if your like me and have a hard time watching a movie that has no's a "Good".
The music is beautiful and the story is nice.
This movie is made to see on the big screen so if you like musicals...see it soon.
[--- See Now! ---]by  Jan 11, 2005
Excellent movie! I'm going out to get the soundtrack. Enjoy it at the big screen.
[--- Good ---]by VIP MemberJan 26, 2005
The third remake of "Phantom of the Opera" is a stunning movie based on the broadway hit. The film is beautiful to look at and is loyal to the Broadway musical. Minnie Driver is great as the spolied opera singer, but it was Emmy Rossam that got me notice. A wonderful film. It phantastic!
[--- See Now! ---]by  Feb 15, 2005
It's the BEST and it and the music is addictive. Seen it 4 times and still in AW. It won't be the same on tv, so would go see it on the BIG screen NOW.

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