A few parts could have been improved with a little trimming. The long moments between scenes made me squirm, as did the lengthy title credits and the telescoped dramatic final scene. Even worse than the wait, Sacha Baron Cohen's role as a rival barber was overly silly and wore like a bad haircut. Because his character was so annoying, watching his demise was more fulfilling than any other death in the film, including those of the more important antagonists.
The film is R-rated for its violence. It's different from other thrillers in that it makes us cry, gasp, and laugh again and again. It satisfies in the eerie way only Tim Burton's art can. Fans of the musical will see a large difference in mood between the stage and film versions of the story, and may be disappointed that a few songs were cut to make the ideal movie length, but the passion the actors bring into the film will keep Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp fans faithful. Viewers will find themselves sympathizing with one of the most vengeful characters of all time.
The film is as refreshing as a close shave - and you will not be disappointed.