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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

70 Ratings: 3.3
Tim Burton's 2007 film adaptation of the musical starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.

2007 musical thriller and the film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's stage musical starring Johnny Depp      Starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman   Directed by Tim Burton   … see full wiki

Director: Tim Burton
Genre: Music, Musical
Release Date: December 21, 2007
MPAA Rating: R
20 reviews about Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet...
review by . January 04, 2013
Can You Tell This Is A Tim Burton Film?
This movie, like all Tim Burton movies, screams TIM BURTON. That being said, it's an enjoyable musical adaptation. Of course, "Johanna" is the stand-out musical number, being hauntingly and achingly sad. Sacha Baron Cohen is memorable and Helena Bonham Carter is quite bearable (to be fair, much of my ire towards her comes from her being Burton's wife). There are some striking visual shots (as expected) and lavishly grotesque scenes which make the lack of character depth and plot …
review by . May 23, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
**** out of ****    Tim Burton gives me all that I look for in a musical feature film with "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street", an adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim hit Broadway show of the same name. If you've followed up on the filmmaker's works to this day, then you'll know that he's usually not afraid to go to dark places, but I don't think he's ever purposely corned himself in a dark alley and proceeded to inflict severe and perverse emotionally deconstructive …
review by . December 12, 2010
In all fairness this is probably the worst version of Sweeney Todd out there, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's bad. I actually do like this movie, but it seems that the only reason Tim Burton decided to adapt it is that it's a dark musical and he has already laid claim to anything with even an iota of macabre. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love that, but it just makes me think that he amped up the blood and guts and downplayed the original beloved characters whereas the …
review by . May 02, 2011
I decided to rewatch this movie and after doing so, I have deduced that I was being unfair, comparing this to the stage show. Of course the stage show is brilliant, but this is a splendid work in its own right and arguably the best thing Tim Burton has done since Beetlejuice. There are some things that this movie does better than the show, and some things that the show does better than the movie, but I shall get on about that later in the review. This musical is my favourite musical of all time, …
Quick Tip by . September 12, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Strong performances all around in both singing and acting. Even though I thought Bonham-Carter was a bit too young to play Mrs. Lovett when the cast was announced, she pulled off this role wonderfully. Depp totally got into this role as he usually does. Like he does all of his roles, he played Sweeny Todd as a three dimensional character, who did horrible things, yet you could feel sympathetic to what he went through.
Quick Tip by . August 11, 2010
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this movie was weird to say the least. when i first heard that it was a musical i was totally uninterested, but then when i saw it i was pleasantly suprised, it was really good!
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
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Depp shows his wide range of talents. He shows that he can both act and sing in this movie. Burton's direction is also at its best.
Quick Tip by . July 10, 2010
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A quite amazing musical/drama revenge movie. It had great potentilal and rose to the challenge. A fantastic cast.
Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
very......interesting, and strange movie. for a musical not that bad though.
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Loved this movie! I went and bought the original afterwards and I must say, they did a great job with this movie! It is entertaining and the effects are amazing!
review by . May 05, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Sweeney
This may be a bold statement but I believe that Burton may have crafted his best since Ed Wood when he made Sweeney Todd. Believe me when I say those were pretty big shoes to fill but The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is just a fantastic work of art from beginning to finish. Taking his cure from the ghastly legend of Sweeney Todd & retaining all of the original Sondheim soundtrack music, Tim Burton has proven himself once again to be nothing less than a genuis in the grand halls of cinema.   …
review by . December 23, 2008
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WARNING: This film contains graphic bloody violence.       Whenever Tim Burton makes a film with his wife, Helena Bonham Carter and his close friend, Johnny Depp as the film's stars... the result is typically bloody brilliant. That's certainly the case with Burton's filmed adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's musical, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. The film is a dark, morbid, brutally violent revenge melodrama that follows the life of a wrongfully imprisoned man, …
review by . November 15, 2008
There was a young barber who loved his fine wife   His wife and his daughter - well, they were his life   `til one day fair Lucy, Judge Turpin espied   And vowed he would take her and make her his bride     He called up the Beadle, and trumped up a charge   Sent him to Australia on a prison barge   But fifteen years later the barber returned   With revenge in his heart, `cos he really got burned     He …
review by . October 30, 2008
Sweeney Todd
Right from the opening credits, a dark atmosphere permeates the scene and sets the mood for 'Sweeney Todd'. Arriving on the shores of London are Mr. Sweeney Todd (played by Johnny Depp), who once was a barber named Benjamin Barker, and his sailor friend Anthony. Anthony knows the tale of Barker, how he was put away in prison unjustly so that the evil Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman) could have his beautiful wife Lucy. Todd is free, and wants his revenge.     From the ship he heads …
review by . September 28, 2008
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Pros: Mood, setting      Cons: Casting, choice of song editing, everything except mood.       The Bottom Line: Don't attend this tale of Sweeny Todd, it is 2 hours spent staring at your belly button--assuming your belly button can kind of sing.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot.   Several months ago, I wrote a review of the play Equus--not the movie version, but the printed …
review by . May 15, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
Stephen Sondheim's wonderful "Sweeney Todd" gets a superbly creepy and gory treatment from Johnny Depp and Tim Burton. My knowledge of musicals goes only as far as "My Fair Lady," "Camelot," and "The Sound Of Music," so I will review this particular musical as a fan of Depp, Burton and Helena Bonham Carter, among others in the production. First of all, Burton sets a dark and gloomy tone for the story as it opens on Todd's return to London. He has been away for fifteen years in a prison for a crime …
review by . April 14, 2008
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Burton did a phemominal job mixing vibrant color and washed out color throughout this picture. It was a little overboard on gore or I would have rated it higher. Johnny Depp gives another memorable performance as a mis-guided man who was wrongfully put and jail and who believed his wife was forced to commit suicide and daughter was murdered. This turns him dark and he seeks revenge on the men who did the deed as well as all the lonely souls of London.    Helena Bonhem-Carter …
review by . April 03, 2008
When it comes to a work of the musical stage it is difficult to imagine a finer one than Stephen Sondheim's SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET. For those who saw the original 1979 Hal Prince extravagant production starring Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou/George Hearn, and then the 2005 revival as condensed so creatively by John Doyle and re-orchestrated by Sarah Travis who placed the orchestral instruments in the hands of the 10 actors who tell the story of the strange Todd, the Tim Burton …
review by . April 03, 2008
"Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"    A Musical Transferred    Amos Lassen    I have always loved the story of Sweeney Todd. I guess I have seen the stage production of Sondheim's musical two dozen times including a Hebrew production when I lived in Israel. I anxiously awaited the film version and the DVD release and my only disappointment is that several wonderful songs have been cut. The movie, however, is gloriously wonderful.   …
review by . March 03, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
After serving time abroad for a crime he didn't commit, barber Benjamin Barker (Johnny Depp) returns to London under the new name of Sweeney Todd to find out what has happened to his wife and child. He's told that his wife died and his daughter has been placed under the guardianship of the man who set him up and sent him away, Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman). Todd swears revenge. He makes the acquaintance of Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter), a woman who makes "the worst pies in London" and who has …
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