The Phantom of the Opera

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Released 2004

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Director:
Joel Schumacher
Released:
2004
Rating:
PG-13
The Phantom of the Opera is a 2004 musical romantic drama thriller film by director Joel Schumacher, based on the novel by Gaston Leroux and the Broadway stage musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, both of the same name, and starring Gerald Butler, Emmy Rossum, and Patrick Wilson. The movie has the same premise as the book and the musical, the romance between a disfigured musical genius, Erik (Gerald Butler), hidden away in a Parisian opera house, and a beautiful young woman, Christine (Emmy Rossum), whom he trains and, during, training, falls in love with. But during one of Christine's performances, her childhood friend, Raoul (Patrick Wilson), hears her sing and falls in love with her as well. Erik is terribly jealous and kidnaps her, but Raoul will stop at nothing to save his love, even if it means taking on a mad man. The Phantom of the Opera received 3 Oscar nominations, as well as 27 additional nominations and 5 wins.moreless

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  • 70

    Variety Derek Elley

    Sumptuous pic version, which evokes the original show while working as a movie in its own right, is lit by a radiant, vocally lustrous perf by teenaged Emmy Rossum.

  • 30

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Lord Lloyd Webber's thorough acquaintance with the canon of 18th- and 19th-century classical music is not in doubt, but his attempt to force a marriage between that tradition and m...

  • 30

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    The real problem with "Phantom" is the problem with Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals in general. It's a slow-moving orgy of lowbrow grandiosity that's as tedious as it is overblown and...

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    good vs. evil, for women, for music lovers, period piece, unrequited love