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Greatest Showman, The

Biography, Drama, Musical

Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. Read more …

The critical consensus

It may not be quite the greatest show on Earth, but Gracey, Jackman and the entire cast are deeply committed to entertaining and leave you feeling an old-school musical thrill.

***(*)(*)Helen O'Hara, Empire Online, 20/12/2017

Jackman plays 19th century PT Barnum in a crowd-pleasing if middle-of-the-road film that paints the circus impresario as a body-positive evangelist for diversity.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 20/12/2017

The liveliness of the musical routines can’t conceal the threadbare nature of the storyline.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 20/12/2017

Jackman’s enthusiasm is contagious, the ride is full of ludicrous turns and the songs ring loud with the devotion of this stellar cast.

****(*)Manuela Lazic, Little White Lies, 21/12/2017

Enjoyable to a degree, with top-tapping songs and fine work from Jackman, Ferguson and Zendaya. Lacks real emotional weight, though.

***(*)(*)James Mottram, Total Film, 20/12/2017

A fine achievement for a Christmas release which all the family can enjoy.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 22/12/2017

Hugh Jackman is the dashing centre of a spectacularly entertaining musical.

****(*)Angie Errigo, The List, 22/12/2017

Hugh Jackman is having a great time as circus impresario PT Barnum, but the audience are left shortchanged.

**(*)(*)(*)Wendy Ide, The Observer, 24/12/2017

Wellmeaning, frothy and entertaining nonsense.

***(*)(*)Andy Lea, Sunday Express, 31/12/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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