Owen Gleiberman
January 17, 2005 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Phantom of the Opera (Movie - 2004)

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
143 minutes
Limited Release Date
12/22/04
Wide Release Date
01/21/05
performer
Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, Simon Callow, Minnie Driver, Miranda Richardson, Patrick Wilson
director
Joel Schumacher
Producer
Andrew Lloyd Webber
distributor
Warner Bros.
author
Joel Schumacher
genre
Romance, Drama, musical

We gave it a C+

Not vulgar enough. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s horror operetta looks expensive, but it’s been filmed without decadent atmosphere or visual flow. Emmy Rossum has an unforced sweetness, but Gerard Butler, as the Phantom, sings like a Meat Loaf stuffed with too much garlic.

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