Rocketman Reviews

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May 29, 2019
It helps that Egerton so masterfully rises to the challenge of inhabiting the role in ways that go beyond a certain more-than-passing physical resemblance to the man or the fact that he does his own singing and handles the choreography with ease.
May 28, 2019
The young, gay, conflicted and addicted Elton John is brought to life by an electrifying, Oscar-caliber Taron Egerton and Dexter Fletcher's dazzling cinematic inventiveness. Forget the cliches, this one you don't want to miss.
May 28, 2019
The point of "Rocketman" isn't self-aggrandizement. It's fan service of an especially and characteristically generous kind.
May 28, 2019
As much as "Rocketman" reminds of just how many outstanding songs Elton John has recorded, it also digs into the pain and emotion that lie within those toe-tapping treasures.
May 28, 2019
Egerton gives a performance with such thrills and vulnerability, such charisma and pathos, that it's hard not to be wowed.
May 24, 2019
Rocketman manages to be campy and yet sincere, serious and yet ridiculous, profound and yet silly, and quite wonderful. Just like Elton himself.
May 24, 2019
An uneven combination of strong performances, an insightful script (by Lee Hall) and iffy musical numbers, "Rocketman" is inventive and enjoyable, even when it teeters unsteadily on the platform heels of its own ambition.
May 24, 2019
There may be a showbiz biopic to come that matches Rocketman for wit, energy, charm, candour and shameless exuberance. But I think it's gonna be a long, long time.
May 23, 2019
There's a lot of Technicolor flair in Dexter Fletcher's flamboyant study of Elton John - and a beating heart in... Taron Egerton's portrayal of an artist whose prodigious talent was matched only by his personal demons and a desperate hunger for love.
May 23, 2019
As a singer Egerton lands somewhere between Elton John and William Hung, but regardless he feels the words deeply and has so much charisma that his red blood cells may well be sequins.
May 21, 2019
Because the film is a cartoon bus, we don't care if the road is often familiar.
May 20, 2019
Whatever the film's shortfall in psychodynamics, Rocketman invokes the spirit and specifics of music -- enormously aided by Mr. Egerton's performance -- to illuminate the hero's soul.
May 20, 2019
Like its flamboyant subject, it's a movie outfitted to the nines in dazzle and verve, even if it's gotten all dressed up with nowhere to go but the most conventional places.
May 20, 2019
As inventive as the movie gets in teasing out both the melancholy and the joy of John and Taupin's songs, Rocketman still genuflects toward the myth of biopic respectability.
May 18, 2019
Rocketman is magnificent and ridiculous, a feathered melanage of clichés and originality, of respectful homage and unrepentant nostalgia.
May 17, 2019
It finds strength in texture, beauty in sadness, and an inspired finale in a crackpot arrangement of one of the singer's greatest hits.
May 17, 2019
A dense jukebox musical variation on A Christmas Carol...
May 17, 2019
Rocketman aspires to nothing more than colourful reportage of a life already well-known to the public, dissolving into an encyclopedia entry as the final title cards inform us that things turned out alright for this "Elton John" fellow.
May 17, 2019
Taron Egerton, in a fantastic performance, doesn't impersonate Elton John, he becomes him; he doesn't lip-sync, he sings, making the songs matter in that moment in the story.
May 17, 2019
As with its beloved subject and his enormous catalog of multiplatinum earworms, the movie's familiarity turns out to be crucial to its charm.
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