Bohemian Rhapsody Reviews

Top Critic
November 13, 2018
As for Freddie Mercury, is this his real life? Is this just fantasy - not sure that really matters either. When Malek's strutting like a peacock, this movie is a decently amusing escape from reality.
November 6, 2018
Malek does an impressive job of re-creating Mercury's moves onstage, but the core of the performance is Malek's intensely thoughtful, insight-rich channelling of Mercury's hurt, his alienation and isolation even at the height of his fame.
November 3, 2018
Ideally, a film like this would attempt to add to, or to contextualize, a legacy. Instead, "Bohemian Rhapsody" tries to sanctify it, pack it in bubble wrap to protect it from causing, or being caught in, any friction.
November 2, 2018
Freddie Mercury deserves better.
November 2, 2018
Some of the liberties do Mercury and Queen an injustice, but most are harmless (if dim). A hundred small things wrong barely matter when there are one or two big things right.
November 1, 2018
The biopic reaches out for the very last row, and in doing so, it becomes unfortunately basic, flattening out the fascinating character while sanding down and rearranging elements of the story to serve the band.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 1, 2018
The problem with all this meticulous recreation is that, in the end, it rings hollow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 1, 2018
Taken strictly on its terms, Bohemian Rhapsody is a credible exercise in nostalgia, if not an especially inspired one.
November 1, 2018
While there are early points when you can't wait for the film to end quickly, the climax is a gorgeous Hail Mary pass that wins the game.
November 1, 2018
Malek has the ineffable pixie dust the part requires (if not the teeth; the famous Freddie overbite is prosthetic).
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 1, 2018
When all was said and done, Queen just wanted to have fun. Which is why I'm inclined to cut much slack for Singer's approach, which follows a Rock 101 storytelling template: Levis to leather pants, superstardom to squabbles, leave-taking to Live Aid.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 1, 2018
By rights, this ought to be a glammed-up, sexually-charged, four-octave blowout. Instead, it's a stilted, stagy, hopelessly corny biopic, the kind of thing "Walk Hard" was meant to prevent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 1, 2018
The trouble isn't really star Rami Malek, who gives a mesmerizing if opaque performance as Mercury. The problem is that the movie doesn't have anything interesting to say.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
November 1, 2018
What could be a strutting, fabulous testament to the glamour of Queen's arena-rock showboating is instead hamstrung with the need to explain, and then underline that explanation, and then circle it...
October 31, 2018
Bohemian Rhapsody doesn't suck. There's a soul inside it, and some anguish, too.
October 31, 2018
In struggling to make a salable PG-13 movie out of an R-rated rock life, this Queen biopic stumbles. But there's only praise to heap on Rami Malek whose tour de force performance as Freddie Mercury will definitely rock you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 31, 2018
Pretty much everyone in this film is a cipher, particularly Mercury's bandmates.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 31, 2018
"Bohemian Rhapsody" winds up being giddily entertaining, first as an exercise in so-bad-it's-funny kitsch, and ultimately as something far more meaningful and thrilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 30, 2018
Bohemian Rhapsody might be easy come, easy go, but Malek makes for a show-stopping silhouetto of a man.
October 30, 2018
Bohemian Rhapsody is bad in the way a lot of biopics are bad: it's superficial, it avoids complexity, and the narrative has a connect-the-dots quality.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
October 30, 2018
"Bohemian Rhapsody" does deliver what any music biopic must: convincing characters and some kick-butt simulated concert experiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 30, 2018
A baroque blend of gibberish, mysticism and melodrama, the film seems engineered to be as unmemorable as possible, with the exception of the prosthetic teeth worn by the lead actor, Rami Malek, who plays Freddie Mercury, Queen's lead singer.
October 29, 2018
[A] sprawling, jumbled and disappointingly airbrushed new movie about the legendary rock band and especially its incandescent frontman, Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek).
October 29, 2018
Most of the film is stuffed with lumps of cheesy rock-speak ("We're just not thinking big enough"; "I won't compromise my vision"), and gives off the delicious aroma of parody.
October 27, 2018
It's hard to come up with someone who would have been better than Malek. To his credit, he does the one thing that would most seem impossible: In the stage scenes, he makes you believe he's Freddie Mercury.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 23, 2018
"Bohemian Rhapsody" the song is a sonic masterpiece and "Bohemian Rhapsody" the movie is just a conventional rock flick, one all too ordinary for a man and a band that exemplified the extraordinary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 23, 2018
What we ultimately wanted from Bohemian Rhapsody was not carbon-copied concerts, but behind-closed-doors insight into a deeply private, complicated, internationally beloved superstar.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 23, 2018
Like a lot of depictions of rock music on film, Bohemian Rhapsody lacks both the stylistic daring of a music video and the outright euphoria of a proper musical, but it gets closer to both with the Live Aid sequence.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 23, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
October 23, 2018
An object example of how a film can be entertaining and even exhilarating without being particularly good, Bohemian Rhapsody has the driving energy of a stadium anthem and the fizzy meaninglessness of a bubblegum pop song.
October 23, 2018
Frankly, if you are not cheering along with the crowd as Mercury belts out an ultra-satisfying rendition of "We are the Champions," then a doctor should check your pulse. Somewhere, an outrageous artist knows that his Queen movie rules.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 23, 2018
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.
October 23, 2018
With a performance as commanding as Rami Malek's at its center, why isn't Bohemian Rhapsody a better movie?
October 23, 2018
The energy of Malek's imitation helps to bind what amounts to a series of gossipy but harmless rock-world anecdotes into something vaguely coherent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5