Critics Are Going 'Radio Ga Ga' for Rami Malek's Performance in Bohemian Rhapsody

By Sarah Garden
09 October 2018
Bohemian Rhapsody, Rami Malek, Films, Queen
Reviews from the first screening are in, and they're a mixed bag

The first of the critics have spoken. Following the long awaited arrival of Bohemian Rhapsody – which saw casting and director changes that stalled the project for years – the initial (unofficial) reviews are in.

Rami Malek plays iconic Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury, at the height of the band’s fame. Following the film’s debut screening in San Francisco opinions seem mixed, but there’s one thing that everyone seems to agree on – Malek, who is the current GQ Middle East cover star, put on an outstanding performance.

Here’s what people had to say:

Mike Ryan, Uproxx
My biggest takeaway from Bohemian Rhapsody is how much the rest of Queen resents Freddie Mercury. But Rami Malek is outstanding. Also, the fact Mike Myers is in this movie is genius and insane.

Anne Thompson, Indiewire
Bohemian Rhapsody is a straight-on biopic with plenty of Queen music and a strong performance by Rami Malek. It will get mixed reviews. It might play with audiences.

Wolf Mantz, LA Online Film Critics Society
[…] #BohemianRhapsody is ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!! A rousing emotional cinematic champion that will rock you! #RamiMalek is magnificent! It’s great FUN & it will ROCK YOU!! #AStarIsBorn, you’ve been served!! #Queen #FreddieMercury #Galileo

Jenna Busch, Legion of Leia
Absolutely beyond blown away by Bohemian Rhapsody! Rami Malek is phenomenal. Gorgeous story, amazing concert movie...I don't have enough words!

Kyle Buchanan, New York Times
Bohemian Rhapsody is a glorified Wikipedia entry but Rami Malek plays Freddie Mercury (and wears his wonderful costumes) with incredible gusto.

Mara Reinstein, US Weekly
How do you turn an ok movie into a good one? Five words: Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury. #BohemianRhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody will be in Dubai cinemas on November 1