The Phantom of the Opera (2004) Finally, Andrew Lloyd Webber's 18-year-old musical gets a movie makeover, yet Phantom of the Opera purists have their knickers in a knot: Will celluloid star… 2004-11-23 Various Artists Soundtracks
Music Review

The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Nov 23, 2004; Lead Performance: Various Artists; Genre: Soundtracks

Finally, Andrew Lloyd Webber's 18-year-old musical gets a movie makeover, yet Phantom of the Opera purists have their knickers in a knot: Will celluloid star Gerard Butler fill Michael Crawford's mask? How can fresh-faced Emmy Rossum compare with chipmunk-cheeked Sarah Brightman? Can Minnie Driver sing show tunes? Relax. Driver's diva gets dubbed, Butler's a warm (if limited) vocalist, Rossum's soprano shimmers...and ALW's pseudo-Puccini melodies are as gleefully pompous as ever.

Originally posted Dec 13, 2004 Published in issue #797 Dec 17, 2004 Order article reprints