The 1st Reactions To ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Are In & They’re Mixed As Hell

The very first reactions to Bohemian Rhapsody have hit Twitter and they’re mixed. 

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First and foremost, it sounds like Rami Malek does an excellent job in the role of Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury so that’s a big “phew” moment.

But the actual film? Not so great.

The biopic, like most others, first takes us on a journey through the band’s rise into stardom followed by Mercury’s attempt at a solo career. Then, as Mercury manages to reunite the band, the film takes us to their iconic performance at Live Aid in 1985. The performance is regarded as one of the band’s greatest.

Ben Hardy, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Joseph Mazzello, and Aidan Gillen co-star.

Based on the early reviews from critics alone, the film’s quite basic and a couple of critics tore right through it. But, they all agreed Malek’s performance is absolutely phenomenal.

Up first, the good reviews:

Deadline associate editor Dino-Ray Ramos absolutely frothed Malek’s performance.

Legion of Leia founder Jenna Busch was also a big fan of Malek.

Here’s Anne Thompson, Editor at Large at Indiewire, keeping it real.

Actor Adam Hann-Byrd – another big fan of Malek.

As was Wolf Mantz from the LA Online Film Critics Society. 

I’m counting this as a gewd one – from Mara Reinstein of US Weekly. 

Non-critics, otherwise known as very lucky fans, also got the chance to see the early screening of the film and from what I can see, they were all feeling it big time.

Now, to the not so great reviews.

Eric Kohn, senior editor at Indiewirewrote:

Kyle Buchanan, previously Vulture, now New York Times sent this bloody savage review into the world.


I, uh, I think this is a negative one from Jen Yamato of the LA Times. 

Bohemian Rhapsody will hit Aussie cinemas, November 1. Catch the trailer, below.