• Released
  • September 22, 2000
  • PG , 1 hr 26 min
  • Music/Performing Arts
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The Fantasticks Synopsis
Widowers (Joel Grey, Brad Sullivan) trick their children into falling in love.
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Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
Manages to honor the theatricality of the source yet becomes a fully cinematic experience. A gem.
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Austin Chronicle

It has that bygone style, in which impossibly innocent ingenues suddenly break into blissfully tuneful song.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Has slow patches and requires a generous suspension of disbelief. But it's also sweet and optimistic -- a welcome antidote to gloom.
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Mr. Showbiz

By Kevin Maynard
Fans starving for some song and dance celluloid may be satiated, but this movie version really shows the material's age.
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Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Although dated, it's not a bad musical.
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New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
The deliberate simplicity that works so well at the Sullivan Street Theater seems flat, anachronistic and almost spooky on the big screen.
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TV Guide

While the cast and songs are top notch, the predictability of the madness makes it pretty clear that this musical shouldn't have left the...
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
A brave but ultimately futile attempt at adapting a piece that is so quintessentially theatrical that it defies translation to another...
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San Francisco Examiner

By Walter Addiego
It seems like another misstep - the story just doesn't hold up to Ritchie's treatment.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Shot five years ago by director Michael Ritchie. No release until now. Uh-oh. Disaster? Pretty much.
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Rated PG | For Bawdy Carnival Humor