Reviews: Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

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  • [New] | Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews
    • Excerpt: Bohemian Rhapsody can best be described as a warts-and-all biopic of both the band Queen and its frontman Freddy Mercury minus most of the warts.
  • Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
    • Excerpt: A biopicture that is all about the music of Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury.
  • Andrea Chase @ KillerMovieReviews.com
    • Excerpt: Fortunately for all involved, Malek, working with a script that is more a series of standard tropes than compelling story, presents the right mix of outrageous ego, savage wit, languid ennui, and vulnerable insecurity that makes him empathetic even Mercury is being a jerk.
  • Karl Delossantos @ Smash Cut Reviews
    • Excerpt: Bohemian Rhapsody doesn’t do much to break the mold of the typical biopic, but it boasts a breathtaking performance from Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury.
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: For a lot of the two hour and 14 minute runtime, I was either baffled by the painfully generic storytelling, disappointed by the lack of insight, or angry at the blatant lies and manipulation by the filmmakers. There is not a single genuine, human, or sincere moment in the entire film.
  • Bavner Donaldo @ Cinejour [Indonesian]
  • Vadim Grigoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Never underestimate the power of music…or a great performance. Bohemian Rhapsody has both.
  • Courtney Howard @ FreshFiction.tv
    • Excerpt: While the foot-stomping jams and sweeping scope make this a theatrical experience, the filmmakers find few inventive nuances within the formulaic framework.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Rami Malek brings warmth, humor, and a down-to-earth humanity to the larger-than-life Freddie Mercury. But it is the power of Queen’s music — the rousing good cheer, its sheer rock ’n’ roll joy — that fills up this pure brash entertainment.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: “Bohemian Rhapsody” might not be the final word on Freddie Mercury, as it could have taken a deeper dive into certain aspects of Freddie’s life, but as a rousing greatest-hits catalogue and a showy, star-making showcase for Rami Malek, it leaves one on an energized note.
  • [New] | Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: In what could best be described as a Hallmark Hall of Fame biopic of the week masquerading as a cinematic experience, “Bohemian Rhapsody” takes a lengthy period of celebrated band Queen frontman Freddie Mercury’s rise to prominence and his subsequent decline and boils it down to its barest essentials.
  • Jared Mobarak @ JaredMobarak.com
    • Excerpt: The filmmakers are too interested in providing a good time to deliver a great movie. And by making Mercury’s identity issues a band detail instead of his own defining feature, it might even be a bad one.
  • Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment
    • Excerpt: Bohemian Rhapsody is a massively disappointing film that wastes an opportunity to do anything more than find excuses to play Queen songs in between the incredibly flat and by-the-numbers portrayal of Queen’s rise to fame and Freddie’s personal life.
  • Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom
    • Excerpt: Bohemian Rhapsody seems to be targeted toward people whose only Queen album in their record collection is the 1991 “Absolute Greatest” compilation, and the generations of earbud-wearing iTunes youngsters who might’ve heard a song with some guys singing “WE WILL, WE WILL ROCK YOU!” being repeated over a stomp-stomp-CLAP beat at a hockey game.
  • Joao Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: If you love Queen, you’ll love this movie.
  • Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies
    • Excerpt: I wasn’t prepared to be impacted by this rock bio — but from the beginning, as wiry Freddie Mercury walks out on stage with his band, Queen, and sings, “Can anybody find me somebody to love?,” his four-octave vocal range, his energy, his physicality and his sheer talent hypnotize.
  • Nuno Reis @ Antestreia [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: É um bom trabalho de época, mas não traz nada de novo. Visualmente podia ser extraordinário e pelas partes musicais merece ser visto em grande ecrã, mas não se distingue de um concerto.
  • Júlio Cézar Rodrigues @ Megalomania Cultural [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Poor scripted, this Queen’s biopic is a mediocre effort for one of the finest rock bands of all time, making it a major disappointment of 2018.
  • Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]
  • Don Shanahan @ Every Movie Has a Lesson
    • Excerpt: What should and, frankly, deserved to be a line-blurring and envelope-pushing affair of affairs is, to borrow a pair of friends’ terms, “straight-washed” into something “puritanical” instead of free, open, and, most of all, potent.
  • Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
    • Excerpt: Rami Malek stands out in this glittery, though skin-deep, celebration of an icon.
  • James Wegg @ JWR
    • Excerpt: Almost everything