Freak Show (2018)


Critic Consensus: Freak Show relies on engaging performances and obviously good intentions to cover for its clichéd story and uneven direction -- and for some viewers, it may well be enough.


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Could Billy Bloom be like everyone else if he wanted to? It would certainly save him a whole lot of trouble. But he has absolutely no desire to be like them. When others call him theatrical, he takes it as a compliment; when his classmates feel provoked by his drive to be different, it only motivates him further. 'The nail that sticks out gets hammered down', his father warns him. That does not deter Billy from deciding to run for homecoming queen. Somewhere in-between David Bowie, Lady Gaga, Freddy Mercury and Oscar Wilde, in the transgressive space of pop culture and dressed up as a high school comedy with wit, heart and a dazzling cast, Freak Show is about the violence of conformity and the power of self-determination.

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Alex Lawther
as Billy Bloom
AnnaSophia Robb
as Blah Blah Blah
Ian Nelson
as Flip Kelly
Celia Weston
as Florence
Laverne Cox
as Felicia Watts
Larry Pine
as William
John McEnroe
as Coach Carter
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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (9)

"Freak Show" is a hot mess with good intentions.

Jun 20, 2018 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

"Freak Show" is carried by a fully committed performance from Lawther, who quivers and swans and roars like the best of the Hollywood grand dames.

Jun 20, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a Frankenstein's monster of teen comedies, lumbering from one cliché to the next on its way to an inevitable conclusion.

Jan 25, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

It is never boring, and its plea for inclusion, acceptance and tolerance over bullying in the confusing fabric of a changing society is laudable.

Jan 16, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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There are times when Freak Show seems like a high school film repurposed from other high school films, rather than an authentic vision of life outside Chloë Sevigny's hometown.

Jan 11, 2018 | Full Review…
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Mr. Lawther is sympathetic and appealing as Billy, but Ms. Styler seems to mistake broad strokes for stylistic daring, and her colorful but diffuse movie never jells.

Jan 11, 2018 | Full Review…

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