Not since Meryl Streep’s Out of Africa (60 percent) has a Golden Globe winner fared so poorly among critics, and yet, that’s exactly the ‘honor’ that has befallen Bohemian Rhapsody, Fox and Dexter Flecther’s musical biopic about the inimitable Freddie Mercury.
It’s far from perfect, but a combination of Queen’s power ballads and Rami Malek’s tour-de-force performance elevated Bohemian Rhapsody from the pits of mediocrity. Still, there are those who feel last weekend’s Golden Globes award should have gone to a more worthy winner – like, say, A Star is Born or Marvel’s Black Panther – particularly now that Rotten Tomatoes has confirmed Bohemian Rhapsody to be the worst-reviewed winner in over 30 years.
While Green Book‘s Certified Fresh 81% is in the same realm of its Audience Score, Bohemian Rhapsody struggled to even be Fresh. The film was Rotten for a significant amount of time as reviews came in prior to release, before finally settling on the just-Fresh 62%.
And here’s a reminder of the official Rotten Tomatoes consensus:
Bohemian Rhapsody hits a handful of high notes, but as an in-depth look at a beloved band, it offers more of a medley than a true greatest hits collection.
Granted, the backlash against Bohemian Rhapsody didn’t have much of a bearing on the film’s box office, which now stands at a mighty $743 million. Is it big enough to warrant a sequel? It’s not outside the realm of possibility, according to former Queen legend Brian May, who admitted that Bohemian Rhapsody 2.0 could delve deep into the years following the epic Live Aid performance of 1985. Alas, the band’s twilight years were not kind to Freddie Mercury, who ultimately passed away at the age of 45 due to complications with AIDS.
So perhaps it’s more fitting that Bohemian Rhapsody remains a one-hit wonder? We’ll leave that one to you.