Bohemian Rhapsody

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Bohemian Rhapsody hits a handful of high notes, but as an in-depth look at a beloved band, it offers more of a medley than a true greatest hits collection.

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Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound, their near-implosion as Mercury's lifestyle spirals out of control, and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid, where Mercury, facing a life-threatening illness, leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. In the process, cementing the legacy of a band that were always more like a family, and who continue to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.

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Critic Reviews for Bohemian Rhapsody

All Critics (390) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (236) | Rotten (154)

  • Bohemian Rhapsody dives into the struggles that Freddie Mercury went through. Whether you are a Queen fan or not, it makes for a great drama (with awesome music!).

    February 5, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • This is record label-approved hagiography, and those doing the approving seem to see Mercury's sexual orientation as a character flaw he must overcome.

    January 21, 2020 | Full Review…
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    January 11, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Though Rami Malek (Mr Robot) obviously poured his heart into the role, he could never have won, given the source material he had to work with.

    January 3, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Bohemian Rhapsody is an expensive cosplay. It is plotted with the passion of a Wikipedia summary article. It hums along inoffensively for 2 hours.

    September 30, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Bohemian Rhapsody is well-crafted and exhilarating at times. It doesn't do much to break the mold of a typical biopic.

    August 2, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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  • Nov 07, 2019
    I wasn't a fan of Bohemian Rhapsody before watching this film and I'm not one after having watched it. But regarding the movie, it's very plain and dull. Nothing worth knowing or watching. Straight Outta Crompton was way better than this.
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • Mar 13, 2019
    Entertaining biopic about one of the most popular bands of the 20th century. Considering nothing awfully exciting happened in their history, the film is forced to allow itself some inaccuracies for drama's sake. Most are forgivable, pretending that Live Aid was a flop until Queen started to perform is pretty stupid, though. As far as the cast goes, Malek deserves the praise he has been getting. The rest of the band has less to do but is perfectly cast as well. I also can't say I see the film trying to hide Mercury's homosexuality. The awards praise (Malek excluded) is maybe a bit much, but the film itself is fine.
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  • Mar 03, 2019
    The music of Queen is such a collection of hits that this alone makes for a good time, but the movie is visually appealing as well. Rami Malek is fantastic along with the rest of the crew, good direction by Bryan Singer. This movie takes you on a wild ride right by the bands side, I loved the insight into thier journey as a band.
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  • Feb 24, 2019
    I am sensitive to criticisms from the gay community about how Freddy Mercury's homosexuality is depicted in Bohemian Rhapsody. The film is far from perfect, but I can't deny that I enjoyed Hollywood's version of Queen's successes and struggles.
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