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Inspired by the legend and ambitions of America's original pop-culture impresario, P.T. Barnum, comes an inspirational rags-to-riches tale of a brash dreamer who rose from nothing to prove that anything you can envision is possible and that everyone, no matter how invisible, has a stupendous story worthy of a world-class spectacle.
Drama Musical - This musical based on the life of P.T. Barnum is aimed at audiences
of all ages though there is some alcohol drinking, mild violence,
and some mature themes. However, most families with kids past the
toddler age will find this to be fairly harmless viewing. Fans of
Hugh Jackman will definitely savor this song and dance showcase for
him, while the other notable cast members such as Zac Efron,
Zendaya, and Michelle Williams have their musical moments to shine
in supporting roles.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good The Greatest Showman lacks the chops to compete against La La Land on a story level but it's every bit as engaging (and perhaps even moreso) than the live-action re-imagining of Beauty & the Beast. It's a family film whose infectious, crowd-pleasing song-and-dance numbers justify a 105-minute running length when the pedestrian story can't.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good ..an unabashed piece of pure entertainment, punctuated by 11 memorable songs.. The film is made for the whole family to enjoy, and so it leaves out many of the darker elements... "The Greatest Showman" positions itself as a story celebrating diversity, and the importance of embracing all kinds.
USA TodayFull Review Below Average ...a disappointing circus of thinly developed characters, overly earnest melodrama and song-and-dance sequences that are more like unrelated music videos sewn together for a threadbare narrative. Hugh Jackman's the ringmaster of this disjointed affair, though it's not entirely his fault Barnum's the least interesting part of his own movie.
NY PostFull Review Below Average Among the film's few joys is Efron, who enjoys a scandalous romance with trapeze artist Anne (Zendaya). A pity that this movie turns P.T. Barnum into Father Teresa.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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Based on a theater exit polling of 53 moviegoers:
GREAT REVIEWS from all ages, both males and females! Females enjoyed it the most, which is understandable since it's a musical, but most males also enjoyed it very much with many loving it.