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Freak Show (2018)

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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 (19) | Top Critics (7)

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

January 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.

January 16, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

January 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.

January 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Bitterly funny and warmly empathetic ...

January 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Styler's peppy but thin foray into feature direction is especially disappointing following her strong track record as a producer of more singular, stylistically confident indies ...

January 1, 2018 | Full Review…
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