Bohemian Rhapsody Reviews

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March 4, 2019
If you're looking to find our more about Freddie Mercury, his experiences, and his life, you might come away like you're missing a little something.
February 20, 2019
The only redeeming value of Bohemian Rhapsody is it's so bad, there's plenty of room left for a much better biopic about the one and only Freddie Mercury.
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November 13, 2018
As for Freddie Mercury, is this his real life? Is this just fantasy - not sure that really matters either. When Malek's strutting like a peacock, this movie is a decently amusing escape from reality.
November 6, 2018
Malek does an impressive job of re-creating Mercury's moves onstage, but the core of the performance is Malek's intensely thoughtful, insight-rich channelling of Mercury's hurt, his alienation and isolation even at the height of his fame.
November 3, 2018
Ideally, a film like this would attempt to add to, or to contextualize, a legacy. Instead, "Bohemian Rhapsody" tries to sanctify it, pack it in bubble wrap to protect it from causing, or being caught in, any friction.
November 2, 2018
Freddie Mercury deserves better.
November 2, 2018
It's meticulously staged on a grand and exhilarating scale and the figure of Malek, strutting and capering before that swaying, chanting mass of humanity seems to embody all rock stars in both their vanity and their courage.
November 2, 2018
Some of the liberties do Mercury and Queen an injustice, but most are harmless (if dim). A hundred small things wrong barely matter when there are one or two big things right.
November 2, 2018
The biopic reaches out for the very last row, and in doing so, it becomes unfortunately basic, flattening out the fascinating character while sanding down and rearranging elements of the story to serve the band.
November 2, 2018
The problem with all this meticulous recreation is that, in the end, it rings hollow.
November 1, 2018
Taken strictly on its terms, Bohemian Rhapsody is a credible exercise in nostalgia, if not an especially inspired one.
November 1, 2018
Malek has the ineffable pixie dust the part requires (if not the teeth; the famous Freddie overbite is prosthetic).
November 1, 2018
When all was said and done, Queen just wanted to have fun. Which is why I'm inclined to cut much slack for Singer's approach, which follows a Rock 101 storytelling template: Levis to leather pants, superstardom to squabbles, leave-taking to Live Aid.
November 1, 2018
By rights, this ought to be a glammed-up, sexually-charged, four-octave blowout. Instead, it's a stilted, stagy, hopelessly corny biopic, the kind of thing "Walk Hard" was meant to prevent.
November 1, 2018
The trouble isn't really star Rami Malek, who gives a mesmerizing if opaque performance as Mercury. The problem is that the movie doesn't have anything interesting to say.
Top Critic
November 1, 2018
What could be a strutting, fabulous testament to the glamour of Queen's arena-rock showboating is instead hamstrung with the need to explain, and then underline that explanation, and then circle it...
October 31, 2018
Bohemian Rhapsody doesn't suck. There's a soul inside it, and some anguish, too.
October 31, 2018
In struggling to make a salable PG-13 movie out of an R-rated rock life, this Queen biopic stumbles. But there's only praise to heap on Rami Malek whose tour de force performance as Freddie Mercury will definitely rock you.
October 31, 2018
Pretty much everyone in this film is a cipher, particularly Mercury's bandmates.
October 31, 2018
"Bohemian Rhapsody" winds up being giddily entertaining, first as an exercise in so-bad-it's-funny kitsch, and ultimately as something far more meaningful and thrilling.
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