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Bohemian Rhapsody (12A)

Music, Drama

A biopic drama following the life and music career of Freddie Mercury.

The critical consensus

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.

***(*)(*)Olly Richards, Empire Online, 23/10/2018

By ending on the Live Aid concert, Bohemian Rhapsody may end on a high, but also leaves out a crucial chapter in Mercury’s life.

**(*)(*)(*)Clarisse Loughrey, The Independent, 24/10/2018

Rami Malek’s impersonation adds a kind of magic to this Queen-produced rock slog with a troubling moralistic subtext.

**(*)(*)(*)Steve Rose, The Guardian, 23/10/2018

Simultaneously great and terrible.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 23/10/2018

Rami Malek puts in a passionate central performance in this disappointingly broad biopic of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.

**(*)(*)(*)Katherine McLaughlin, The List, 24/10/2018

Toothless mass-market pop revisionism which is no where near as cool or compelling as its subject.

**(*)(*)(*)Hannah Woodhead, Little White Lies, 24/10/2018

Definitely not Killer Queen, but thanks to a blinding turn from Malek, fans of the band will get their kicks.

***(*)(*)James Mottram, Total Film, 26/10/2018

An affectionate, laugh-out-loud and life-affirming celebration of one of the greatest entertainers of all time (“I’m a performer, darling, not a Swiss train conductor.”) whose incredible voice was, is and will forever remain A Kind Of Magic.

****(*)Peter Callaghan, Review Sphere, 26/10/2018

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is the cinematic presentation of Queen’s legacy and will do for them what ‘Mamma Mia!’ did for ABBA.

Adam Zawadzki, The Edinburgh Reporter, 26/10/2018

Features about Bohemian Rhapsody (12A)

How Rami Malek became Freddie Mercury

Mark Savage, BBC, 23/10/2018

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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