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Bombshell

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Canada, United States

2019

Rated R • 1h 48m

Director Jay Roach

Starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, John Lithgow

Genre Drama

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Three women make the difficult decision to speak out about experiencing sexual harassment at the hands of their boss, media mogul and Fox News chairman Roger Ailes. Ailes subjected women to workplace harassment and instilled a deep fear of professional consequences, but they find that their voices may be most powerful off the air.

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WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?

Ting Shing Koh Profile picture for Ting Shing Koh

This film frustrated and angered me, which I believe means that it did its job. A very pertinent film to our present times, Bombshell details a true story of sexual harassment in the workplace, bluntly portraying the dirty and demoralising deeds that take place behind the curtain.

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WHAT ARE CRITICS SAYING?

80

Empire by

One of the most compelling stories of the #MeToo movement is told unflinchingly, empathetically and authentically, with Charlize Theron completely nailing the knotty character of Megyn Kelly.
75

USA Today by Brian Truitt

It’s another complete and uncanny transformation for Theron, who dazzles as anchor Megyn Kelly in the all-star drama Bombshell.
65

TheWrap by Elizabeth Weitzman

Bombshell is overpacked and unwieldy and often disconnected. There’s so much going on that no character gets the time she deserves.
67

IndieWire by Eric Kohn

Bombshell is a lurid, cartoonish romp, marred by rough and sometimes overbearing flourishes, but not without a tragicomic soul. That alone makes it a genuine movie of the moment.
50

New York Post by Johnny Oleksinski

What Bombshell has going for it is a jaunty pace. The film by Jay Roach — the “Austin Powers” director who’s had rotten luck with dramas — clips along and is always watchable. But it misguidedly mimics other annoying, ripped-from-the-headlines movies, such as “The Big Short” and “Vice,” that rely on Elvis-impersonator acting, smug narration and quick cuts. Sometimes, you just want to see a tough topic taken seriously.
80

Total Film by Kate Stables

Theron is gobsmackingly good as the real-life screen queen determined to unearth the victims of Fox News’ most powerful predator.
90

Variety by Owen Gleiberman

Bombshell is a scalding and powerful movie about what selling, in America, has become. The film is about selling sex, selling a candidate, selling yourself, selling the truth. And about how at Fox News all those things came together.
60

The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

It is a strange film in some ways, speckled with powerful, insightful moments but also with some strained acting, pulled punches and fudged attitudes, unable to decide if its heroines are compromised through having been loyal Fox staffers.

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