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Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera Movie Poster Image
Slightly stiff but sumptuous and faithful production.
  • PG-13
  • 2004
  • 143 minutes
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Parents say

age 12+
Based on 25 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 121 reviews

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
Adult Written byI Tell It Like It Is June 30, 2011

Very good movie. In fact, a great movie.

It isnt a very violent film. We see a man get hanged. Thats about the worst of it. A man gets a bloody arm as the result of a swordfight. D**n is used frequent... Continue reading
Parent Written byhenry89e March 23, 2014

phantom of the opera

Personally it's a good movie. I first saw it when I was 9 years old and it didn't bother me, but it really depends on your child/children. there are s... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byblonde_reb June 25, 2011


I'm going to start off by saying, I'm a HUGE musical fan so I might be a little more biased. But this movie is fantastic. Role models- I would have to... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old November 26, 2013


I am completely Phantom of the Opera obsessed! I am going to be honest, I believe I first saw the movie when I was around 6. Even when I was 6 I was not disturb... 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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