• The Greatest Showman (2017)

The Greatest Showman

Release Date: December 20th, 2017

DVD Release Date: April 10th, 2018

PG |1 hr 45 min

Plot Summary

Growing up in the early 1800s, P.T. Barnum displays a natural talent for publicity and promotion, selling lottery tickets by age 12. After trying his hands at various jobs, P.T. turns to show business to indulge his limitless imagination, rising from nothing to create the Barnum & Bailey circus. Featuring catchy musical numbers, exotic performers and daring acrobatic feats, Barnum's mesmerizing spectacle soon takes the world by storm to become the greatest show on Earth.

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya , Keala Settle, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Paul Sparks

Director: Michael Gracey

Genres: Biography , Historical drama , Musical

Production Co: Twentieth Century Fox, TSG Entertainment, Chernin Entertainment

Distributors: 20th Century Fox

Keywords: Creative, Transformation, Amusing, Office, Charming, Underdog, Lighthearted, Rise, New York City, Quest

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Sam AdamsSlate

    Like Barnum himself, it’s an elegant fraud, nice enough to look at as long as you don’t look too close. show more

  • 60
    E. Oliver WhitneyScreenCrush

    Don’t get me wrong, the Hugh Jackman-led P.T. Barnum circus musical is a bad movie, but one that’s just enjoyably bad enough to keep you entertained. If you loathe musicals, this definitely ain’t for you. But if you indulge in gaudy show tunes, and can relinquish all desire for a logical plot and developed characters, then, in the melodically whispered words of Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman is everything you ever want, it’s everything you ever need, it’s where you want to be. show more

  • 40
    Tim GriersonScreen International

    This strained musical is content to play to the cheap seats. Earnest in the extreme and armed with lethal amounts of razzle-dazzle, the feature debut of commercial director Michael Gracey is an all-out assault of sentiment, pop songs and dime-store psychology that’s somewhat held together by Hugh Jackman’s likably shameless portrayal of this striving charmer. show more

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Awards

Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Winner Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Nominated Music (Original Song)