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Bohemian Rhapsody

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United Kingdom, USA

2018

Rated PG-13 • 2h15

Bryan Singer

Director

Rami Malek, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello

Stars

Drama, Music

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Singer Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and bass guitarist John Deacon take the music world by storm when they form the rock 'n' roll band Queen in 1970. Hit songs become instant classics. When Mercury's increasingly wild lifestyle starts to spiral out of control, Queen soon faces its greatest challenge yet.

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Ting Shing Koh Profile picture for Ting Shing Koh

Bohemian Rhapsody made me want to live in a time period long before I was born. The film not only depicts Queen's rise and fall, but more importantly illustrated the personal struggles of Freddie Mercury I didn't know before (even as a fan of his music). It doesn't hurt that the soundtrack is simply iconic. Also, the Live Aid performance will always be one of my favourite performance's in live music history, and the film, I'd like to say, did it justice.

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WHAT ARE CRITICS SAYING?

61

TheWrap by Alonso Duralde

As an inducement to dig into the Queen back catalog, Bohemian Rhapsody is an unqualified success. But when it tries to be a genuine biopic of a groundbreaking band and its singular lead singer, it’s more like a little silhouette-o of a man.
60

Time Out by Dave Calhoun

A lively, uncomplicated jukebox movie. Bohemian Rhapsody is a feature-length earworm that leaves “Don’t Stop Me Now,” “We Are the Champions,” “Another One Bites the Dust” and the rest of them wriggling in your cochlea and helping to drown out any inner whisper suggesting that you’ve just had the wool pulled over your eyes by these masters of rock theatrics.
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IndieWire by David Ehrlich

The critical failure of Bohemian Rhapsody is that, 134 minutes after the lights go down, the members of Queen just seem like four blokes who’ve been processed through the rusty machinery of a Hollywood biopic.
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The Playlist by Kimber Myers

Despite its intentions to get close to Mercury, Bohemian Rhapsody is as intimate as a sold-out stadium show, with none of the accompanying power.
60

Empire by Olly Richards

Like Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody is three parts good but not terribly exciting, and one part absolute joyful, fabulous entertainment that makes you forget everything else around it.
50

Slant Magazine by Richard Scott Larson

This charitable act of resuscitation for the benefit of Mercury’s admirers is something that the film as a whole ultimately fails to accomplish, as Bohemian Rhapsody mistakenly believes that simply trudging through a workmanlike overview of the Queen frontman’s life will allow it to arrive at something approaching intimacy.
70

The Hollywood Reporter by Sheri Linden

To the filmmakers' credit, and even though they don't entirely avoid the clunky factoid-itis that often plagues the genre, this is a biopic that favors sensory experience over exposition. It understands what pure, electrifying fun rock 'n' roll can be.
80

Screen International by Tim Grierson

Appropriately for a group known for its theatrical, crowd-pleasing tunes, this authorised-by-the-band biopic carries itself lightly, serving up familiar plot points with panache and a sense of humour, while at the same time investing in the story’s emotional through-line, building to a genuinely moving climax.
60

The Telegraph by Tim Robey

The final hurrah for Mercury’s genius, this huge, hubristic spectacle lets you grant his troubled film a pass: at least it keeps on fighting to the end.

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