“Bohemian Rhapsody” is the worst-reviewed Best Picture winner at the Golden Globes in over three decades.
The Freddie Mercury biopic won big at the awards ceremony this past Sunday, taking home the trophy for Best Motion Picture in the Drama category, while Rami Malek snatched the Best Actor gong for his performance as the Queen frontman.
However, according to review-aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, “Bohemian Rhapsody” is the worst-rated movie to win Best Picture since 1986, when the romantic epic “Out Of Africa” claimed the title.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” accumulated an average rating of 62 per cent from 337 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, just two per cent ahead of the Sydney Pollack film.
In comparison, the film that won Best Motion Picture in the Musical or Comedy category, “Green Book”, holds an average rating of 81 per cent, making it certified fresh.
When it comes to overall ratings of Best Picture winners at the Golden Globes, “Bohemian Rhapsody” falls at 128 out of 149. The last spot belongs to 1953 biblical epic “The Robe”, which scored a measly 33 per cent approval rating.
Despite the criticism, “Bohemian Rhapsody” has proven popular with moviegoers, hitting a 90 per cent audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and becoming the highest-grossing music biopic of all time, amassing $600 million at the box office.
Speaking about the film’s detractors, Queen guitarist Brian May claimed that critics never gave the film a chance after their negative reaction to the trailer – the teaser received backlash for shying away from Mercury’s bisexuality.
“The mistake critics made was reviewing the trailer instead of reviewing the film,” May told Deadline. “They jumped to conclusions. Once people staked their claim, it’s hard for them to withdraw.”