Bohemian Rhapsody Reviews

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January 18, 2019
An ahistorial jam session where everything is off cue.
January 8, 2019
It's a shame that such a didactic script and the attachment of Brian Singer taints what could have been a genuine and touching story.
December 6, 2018
The film seems more interested in selling Queen albums to a new generation than it is depicting the complexities of the men who helped to change the face of rock music.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
December 10, 2018
People can bop to the music, see an imitation of their beloved frontman, and have the script pump inspirational narratives into their minds. For people who have always carried a love for Mercury and his fellow misfits, the film feels empty and shallow.
November 1, 2018
It's not real. It's not honest. It lacks the magic to live forever.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 31, 2018
For a man and a band that were so groundbreaking, so fixated on musical revolution, this is supremely cheap work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 2, 2018
The kind of show-the-work exhausting 'meticulously-detailed imitation of a famous dead person's widely-remembered mannerisms' performance that's been known to induce priapic erections in Academy Awards voters.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5
November 2, 2018
More like Bohemian Parody.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 1, 2018
To think about how much is missing from Bohemian Rhapsody hurts, not simply because it doesn't paint a full picture of the man we know as Freddie Mercury, but because it paints something that doesn't feel honest.
October 27, 2018
Malek's sublime performance and the smashing soundtrack of Queen's greatest hits are ultimately masking a generic, by-the-numbers film that consistently plays it far too safe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 29, 2018
Rami Malek is terrific playing Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, that's for sure, but the movie itself falls short of the intended mark. It simply has very little to say about its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 5, 2018
Bohemian Rhapsody fancies itself like the song, ranging a gambit of genres at an inexplicable fashion and expecting its audience to love the certain absurdity of it all.
January 28, 2019
A patronizing response to every question about Queen music that can be answered by either playing a Queen song or showing a clip of a band member discussing a Queen song.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 4, 2018
With Bohemian Rhapsody, what we have here is a dumb and obvious film that features a number of strong performances and Queen's astounding music. It's a highly entertaining bad movie that often works in spite of itself.
October 25, 2018
Bohemian Rhapsody desperately wants the accolade of being a greatest hits album, and ends up playing more like a one hit wonder.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 4, 2018
The film suffers from the utterly poor direction of Bryan Singer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 31, 2018
Bohemian Rhapsody may get us to raise our voices and sing, but it won't make us raise our eyebrows in piqued interest beyond the music.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 2, 2018
The problem is, inevitably the songs end. And when they do, you might wish you'd just put on a record instead.
November 1, 2018
There's nothing interesting or exciting about this portrayal of Freddie Mercury. He's a bystander in his own life, flitting from moment to moment until the movie dials up another Queen performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
November 2, 2018
It's cautious and inoffensive. And that's exactly why it's so disappointing. The Freddie Mercury biopic is the antithesis of its subject's abundant energy, his fearless artistry.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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