"Both sharp and fleet... a satisfying screen version of Stephen Sondheims landmark 1979 theatrical musical."
- Todd McCarthy, Variety
"A thriller-diller from start to finish: scary, monstrously funny and melodically thrilling. And Depp is simply stupendous."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
has garnered mostly positive reviews to date. Popular websites RottenTomatoes
which compile data on critical reception of films, report an overall positive
critical reception of 88%. A sampling of reviews follows:
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The soundtrack is pretty complete minus the closing titles. All the underscoring is Sondheim's. I don't mean he composed it, but it's all based on his themes with very little of it changed from the original... All in all it's very a very well put together soundtrack and includes much of the dialogue just as the Original Broadway recording did."
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"I'm wondering how many people are going to be seduced by this filmed Sweeney and be moved to seek out the OBC, creating, hopefully, a new generation of Sondheim fans. They will continue their journey until it ends, as it must, with "Someone in a Tree."
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