Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Johnny Depp and Tim Burton join forces again in a big-screen adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's award-winning musical thriller. Depp stars in the title role as a man unjustly sent to prison who vows revenge. When he returns to reopen his barber shop, Sweeney Todd becomes the Demon Barber of Fleet Street who "shaved the heads of gentlemen who never thereafter were heard from again."

Joining Depp is Helena Bonham Carter as Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney's amorous accomplice, who creates diabolical meat pies. The cast also includes Alan Rickman, who portrays the evil Judge Turpin, and Timothy Spall as the Judge's wicked associate Beadle Bamford. Sacha Baron Cohen is a rival barber, the flamboyant Signor Adolfo Pirelli.

Golden Globes 08; Best Musical or Comedy Picture, Best Actor Musical or Comedy (Depp).
2007Rating: R16, contains graphic violence114 minsUSA
HorrorMusical
Director:
Tim Burton ('Edward Scissorhands', 'Batman', 'Ed Wood')
Writer:
John Logan
Cast:
Johnny DeppHelena Bonham CarterAlan RickmanTimothy SpallSacha Baron Cohen
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Reviews & comments

Actors sing, and it still works . . .

An all-star adaptation of a stage musical that succeeds in exactly the same way RENT did not, ST is a fabulously grimy Victorian horror tale; Johnny Depp channels Roger Daltrey's voice to make himself the vengeful spirit with a straight razor that is Todd, while Helena Bonham Carter is the filthy slattern of a pastry cook who gets to live her dream of...

4.0
0

Long live the musical!

Awesome! Totally unique - the best musical since Moulin Rouge. See it.

5.0
0

Deep, dark and unusual

The acting is superb, the direction is great yet another burton great, a dark and quirky plot that well in truly lives up to my expectations.

4.0
0

The Greatest Depp-Burton Collaboration to date

A magnificent fusion of cinematic elements in this collaboration of genius between Burton and Depp. Brilliantly cast, fantastic cinematography, lush music - and a fantastic story. Don't miss it on the big screen!

5.0
0

Depp and Bonham Carter are brilliant

This movie is the first of its kind - a musical / horror / comedy. Only Burton and Depp could get this to work and work it does!!! Not for the fainthearted.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Where much could have gone wrong, things have turned out uniformly right thanks to highly focused direction by Tim Burton, expert screw-tightening by scenarist John Logan, and haunted and musically adept lead performances from Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Sweeney is a bloody wonder, intimate and epic, horrific and heart-rending as it flies on the wings of Sondheim's most thunderously exciting score. Burton is a true visionary.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

The result is bloody wonderful - and just plain bloody. So far as Broadway-to-screen adaptations go, this isn't a puff of Hairspray, but a gush of arterial. So be warned, when Depp's dastardly barber goes in for the cut, director Burton doesn't...

5.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

It's not entirely surprising that Burton's Sweeney Todd feels heavier on style than on substance -- so much that the style almost subverts the story. Still, it's a gorgeous artifact and pretty enjoyable in all.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Whether horror fans are ready for high-notes or musical buffs will appreciate Dario Argento levels of gore is an open question, but this is a rich, demented experience.

4.0
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

While at times the triteness of the music grates, Sweeney Todd is Burton back to his gruesome best, offering more nightmares to an already impressive collection. I haven't shaved since.

4.0
0
BBC

BBC

press

From the moment those first doomy organ chords shake the theatre, it's clear that Sweeney Todd is no ordinary movie musical. Tim Burton's film, his best for a good while, is an eye-popping feast of gore underscored with disturbing, dissonant ballads.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Where much could have gone wrong, things have turned out uniformly right thanks to highly focused direction by Tim Burton, expert screw-tightening by scenarist John Logan, and haunted and musically adept lead performances from Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Sweeney is a bloody wonder, intimate and epic, horrific and heart-rending as it flies on the wings of Sondheim's most thunderously exciting score. Burton is a true visionary.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

The result is bloody wonderful - and just plain bloody. So far as Broadway-to-screen adaptations go, this isn't a puff of Hairspray, but a gush of arterial. So be warned, when Depp's dastardly barber goes in for the cut, director Burton doesn't...

5.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

It's not entirely surprising that Burton's Sweeney Todd feels heavier on style than on substance -- so much that the style almost subverts the story. Still, it's a gorgeous artifact and pretty enjoyable in all.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Whether horror fans are ready for high-notes or musical buffs will appreciate Dario Argento levels of gore is an open question, but this is a rich, demented experience.

4.0
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

While at times the triteness of the music grates, Sweeney Todd is Burton back to his gruesome best, offering more nightmares to an already impressive collection. I haven't shaved since.

4.0
0
BBC

BBC

press

From the moment those first doomy organ chords shake the theatre, it's clear that Sweeney Todd is no ordinary movie musical. Tim Burton's film, his best for a good while, is an eye-popping feast of gore underscored with disturbing, dissonant ballads.

4.0
0

Actors sing, and it still works . . .

An all-star adaptation of a stage musical that succeeds in exactly the same way RENT did not, ST is a fabulously grimy Victorian horror tale; Johnny Depp channels Roger Daltrey's voice to make himself the vengeful spirit with a straight razor that is Todd, while Helena Bonham Carter is the filthy slattern of a pastry cook who gets to live her dream of...

4.0
0

Long live the musical!

Awesome! Totally unique - the best musical since Moulin Rouge. See it.

5.0
0

Deep, dark and unusual

The acting is superb, the direction is great yet another burton great, a dark and quirky plot that well in truly lives up to my expectations.

4.0
0

The Greatest Depp-Burton Collaboration to date

A magnificent fusion of cinematic elements in this collaboration of genius between Burton and Depp. Brilliantly cast, fantastic cinematography, lush music - and a fantastic story. Don't miss it on the big screen!

5.0
0

Depp and Bonham Carter are brilliant

This movie is the first of its kind - a musical / horror / comedy. Only Burton and Depp could get this to work and work it does!!! Not for the fainthearted.

4.0
0