Pick a random title Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

2007 3.0/5 R SuperHD 116 minutes

After being falsely imprisoned, a vengeful murderer covers his tracks by enlisting the help of a baker whose meat pies become the toast of London.

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Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jamie Campbell Bower, Laura Michelle Kelly, Anthony Head, Peter Bowles, Ed Sanders, Jayne Wisener Directed by Tim Burton

Dramas, Crime Dramas, Musicals

Language: English

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Awards
  • Nominee, Academy Awards - Best Actor nominee 2008 Johnny Depp
  • Winner, Golden Globe Awards - Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) 2008 Johnny Depp
  • Winner, Golden Globe Awards - Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) 2008
  • Nominee, Golden Globe Awards - Best Director (Motion Picture) nominee 2008 Tim Burton
  • Nominee, Golden Globe Awards - Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) nominee 2008 Helena Bonham Carter
NYT Critics' Pick: Murder Most Musical

“Sweeney Todd” is as much a horror film as a musical. It is also something close to a masterpiece. — A. O. Scott Read the review

Rotten Tomatoes® Scores
  86%   81%
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®
 

This is grand-scale studio-work at its most beguiling.

Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out, 2011-11-17

 

A considerable achievement even if, on balance, it's more of a Tim Burton phantasmagoria than a Sondheim fantasia.

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor, 2008-10-18

 

As unsettling as it is riveting. Even Sondheim aficionados will see the story with fresh eyes, unless those eyes are covered.

Gail Pennington, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2008-10-18

 

The movie may substitute Grand Guignol for laughs at times, but it's spectacularly stylized -- each throat-slashing exceptional -- persuasively sung, and imaginatively adapted for the screen.

Bob Mondello, NPR.org, 2008-10-18

 

It's as if Burton was born to direct it.

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, 2008-05-22

 

Scissorhands was bright with eye-popping pastels that took on a sordid sheen; Sweeney has no such subtext: it's black, black, and gray, except when the screen floods blood red

Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly, 2008-01-29

 

A thoughtful, sincere and moving film, buttressed by a fine, central performance by an actor at the top of his form.

Wally Hammond, Time Out, 2008-01-24

 

This is grand-scale studio-work at its most beguiling.

Dave Calhoun, Time Out, 2008-01-24

 

It is distinguished, hypnotic, brilliantly executed and positively electrifying.

Rex Reed, New York Observer, 2008-01-04

 

Mesmerizing and highly entertaining.

Claudia Puig, USA Today, 2007-12-21

 

It's easily Burton's best since, well, ever.

Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star, 2007-12-21

 

Burton's overall restraint is a welcome surprise. Shorn of his usual camp trappings, the director evokes a sadness beneath every uneasy smile he draws from the audience.

June Thomas, Slate, 2007-12-21

 

Depp may not be a trained singer, but his voice is more than passable, and his presence -- his Sweeney is Edward Scissorhands gone bad -- is perfect.

Jack Mathews, New York Daily News, 2007-12-21

 

By all means go, and be prepared for a holiday musical like no other.

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2007-12-21

 

The wait for a good Tim Burton movie is finally over.

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald, 2007-12-21

 

Sondheim's original musical was already a mad synthesis of Jacobean shock, Brechtian irony and Dickensian pathos -- to which Burton's lush visuals add another layer of aesthetic distance. The overall effect is somewhere between melodrama and camp.

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail, 2007-12-21

 

The film benefits from Burton's consistency of vision. Swooping camera work and a sense of really discomfiting fantasy do the groundwork. When characters break into song, it fits in the world Burton has built.

Lisa Bornstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News, 2007-12-21

 

No sentiment goes unbloodied in [Burton's] exuberantly dark Sweeney Todd.

Kyle MacMillan, Denver Post, 2007-12-21

 

This Sweeney Todd is all subtext and no substance. It starts off large and swaggering but doesn't know where to turn next: Burton seems fixated on serving up an event, to the extent that he neglects to dig into the story.

Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com, 2007-12-21

 

Stylized but spasmodic, this Sweeney seems more interested in distancing than captivating an audience.

Steven Winn, San Francisco Chronicle, 2007-12-21

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