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The Verdict Read the Reviews for The Greatest Showman
The film, featuring a score by Dear Evan Hansen Tony winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, heads to U.S. movie theatres December 20.
Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron Twentieth Century Fox Film/Niko Tavernise

The Greatest Showman premieres in the U.S. December 20, bringing to the screen a new musical performance from Tony winner Hugh Jackman, a score by Tony and Oscar-winning songwriting team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and Tony-nominated Broadway favorite Keala Settle as a bearded (and belting) lady.

The 20th Century Fox project marks director Michael Gracey’s feature film debut.

See what critics had to say about the new movie musical below.

Associated Press (Jocelyn Noveck)

The Daily Beast (Kevin Fallon)

Entertainment Weekly (Leah Greenblatt)

The Hollywood Reporter (David Rooney)

HuffPost (Nell Minow)

The Guardian (Peter Bradshaw)

New York Magazine/Vulture (Emily Yoshida)

The New York Post (Johnny Olekinski)

The New York Times (Jason Zinoman)

USA Today (Brian Truitt)

Variety (Owen Gleiberman)

The Greatest Showman tells a spectacle-infused, rags-to-riches account of entertainer P.T. Barnum (Jackman). The cast also includes Tony nominee Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, and Zendaya.


The film earned three Golden Globe nominations earlier this week: Best Picture – Musical or Comedy, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Jackman, and Best Original Song for the Settle-led anthem “This Is Me.”

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