Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Slightly stiff but sumptuous and faithful production.
  • PG-13
  • 2004
  • 143 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 28 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 135 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Suspenseful with one graphic scene.


Sexual undertones in the Phantom's obsession.





Drinking, Drugs & Smoking


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie includes peril and violence, with some graphic images. There are mild and non-explicit sexual situations with predatory implications.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 8-year-old Written bykarenkonigsberg April 9, 2008

MUST SEE!!!!!!!!!

Bland? BLAND????? How could anyone in their right mind call Gerard Butler bland? As a (former) actress/singer/dancer, and a very hard-to-please one at that, I c... Continue reading
Adult Written byProgressiveParent June 7, 2019

Complex plot, good for the right kid

I showed this to my 7 year old twins. They are pretty good with movies that would be above the level of most 7 year olds in complexity and they like things that... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byA.Ham February 5, 2019

Beautifully done, but the singing lacks

I would not say that Emmy Rossum and Gerard Butler are the best Phantom/Christine duo, my vote definitely goes to the praised Sierra Boggess and Ramin Karimloo,... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bylovelovelove April 11, 2018

Beautiful Film

First and foremost, I'd like to say that this film is a masterpiece which millions of people across the world fell in love with. I first saw it in third gr... Continue reading

What's the story?

In this musical based on Gaston Leroux's story, a brilliant masked madman (Gerard Butler) who lives under the opera house falls in love with the exquisite young soprano Christine, (Emmy Rossum). She believes he is the angel of music, sent to teach her by her dead father. But he's no angel and will do anything to make Christine a star and possess her. At first, Christine is mesmerized by the Phantom. He brings her his cavernous home deep below the stage and sings to her, inspiring her to sing with passion. And just as the theater owner sells the place to two scrap metal dealers, the phantom arranges to have Christine get the starring role in the opera's newest production. The new team has a new patron -- a handsome young nobleman named Raoul (Patrick Wilson) who was once Christine's childhood sweetheart. He and Christine fall in love but the Phantom will not allow Christine to be with anyone else, even if it means destroying everything he cares about.

Is it any good?

Despite lavish settings and costumes, and sweeping camera movement, the sumptuously produced PHANTOM OF THE OPERA feels static, stuffy, and stagey. Much of it takes place on a stage and there's very little action -- people stand still and sing rather than move, or, well, act.

Overheated emotions set to Andrew Lloyd Weber's purplish music are so inherently "theatrical" that the film cannot be as effective as the stage play, and the performances are more about the music than the story. Christine, Raoul, and the Phantom sing in the theater, they sing in the caverns, they sing in a graveyard, and they sing at a masked ball. But the bland Gerard Butler as the Phantom never conveys the menace or the allure of the brilliant madman who hears the music of the night.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what the Phantom loved about Christine. Can you love people without really seeing who they are? Families could also talk about the way the two key songs in the movie are used to illuminate different relationships and different emotions.

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