Bombshell

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Bombshell benefits from a terrific cast and a worthy subject, but its impact is muffled by a frustrating inability to go deeper than the sensationalistic surface.

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Starring Academy Award (R) winner Charlize Theron, Academy Award (R) winner Nicole Kidman, Academy Award (R) nominee John Lithgow and Academy Award (R) nominee Margot Robbie, based on the real scandal, BOMBSHELL is a revealing look inside the most powerful and controversial media empire of all time; Fox News, and the explosive story of the women who brought down the infamous man who created it.

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Critic Reviews for Bombshell

All Critics (271) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (187) | Rotten (84)

  • It's this element of recoil from total sympathy with these harassed women that makes the film intriguing though.

    Jan 20, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • [A] timely satirical takedown that finds black humour and absurdist comedy in the subject of workplace sexual harassment while never losing sight of its devastating repercussions.

    Jan 17, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

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  • [Director Jay Roach] and Randolph are rightly fascinated by the social climate and geography of the Fox offices -- the factions, hierarchies, protocols and rivalries that define the place.

    Jan 13, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Disingenuous trash.

    Jan 13, 2020 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, John Lithgow at the top of their game in a solid recap of sexual harassment at Fox News.

    Dec 24, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • With Bombshell, thanks in large part to the contributions of his actors, Roach has crafted a compelling "ripped from the headlines" motion picture that unfolds like a page-turner.

    Dec 24, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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  • Dec 29, 2019
    "Bombshell" further proves Charlize Theron is hands down the best actor (male or female) in the past twenty years. She is spot on as the Fox News bombshell Megyn Kelly as are Margot Robbie as up-and-comer Kayla and Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson. Any film that showcases Mark Duplass, Rob Delaney, Connie Britton, Allison Janney and Malcolm McDowell as a supporting cast can't fail. Director Jay Roach keeps "Bombshell" tight and suspenseful. Ailes was despicably savvy. (12-28-19)
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  • Dec 17, 2019
    #Bombshell -- the inside look at sexual harassment at Fox News is a heck of a good movie. Charlize Theron totally nails Megyn Kelly, proving once again she's one of the best actresses around. John Lithgow as Roger Ailes is unrecognizable but terrific. And although I edited a lot of stories about Gretchen Carlson's lawsuit, and read a lot of court documents, I'm not really sure how much of the movie is actually real, and what's dramatized. Kinda think Megyn's role is a little overplayed, but that doesn't deter from it being a really good film.
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