Bombshell

Bombshell

Bombshell

Academy Award nominee Margot Robbie joins Oscar winners Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman for this media room drama based on the real scandal that took down the head of Fox News. From the director of Trumbo, co-starring John Lithgow, Kate McKinnon, and Academy Award winner Allison Janney (I, Tonya).

Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Academy Awards 2020; Best Makeup and Hair, BAFTAs 2020
2020Rating: M, Offensive language & sexual references109 minsUSA
DramaTrue Story & Biography
Director:
Jay Roach ('Trumbo', 'Meet the Parents', 'Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery')
Writer:
Charles Randolph
Cast:
Nicole KidmanMark DuplassAllison JanneyConnie BrittonCharlize TheronMalcolm McDowellMargot RobbieJohn LithgowRob Delaney

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Bombshell / Reviews

Flicks

Flicks, Sarah Voon

Director Jay Roach (Austin Powers) and writer Charles Randolph (The Big Short), expertly deliver a complex exposé of the explicit sexual harassment endured by many women in that icky petri dish of Republican fervour, political propaganda, and patriarchal white tycoonery—Fox News—at the hands of its CEO, Roger Ailes (John Lithgow). Clever editing and seamless collaboration between art, costume and makeup create a riveting behind-enemy-lines watch.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

…a powerful exploration of gender-politics that is bookended by dominant performances from Robbie and Theron.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

Bombshell embellishes on truth but delivers sophisticated #MeToo story.

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New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

Bombshell bills itself as “inspired by actual events”. It just seems it hasn’t wrought much insight from them and it’s only some of the better performances that stop it from being a dud.

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Stuff

Stuff

Bombshell is an extraordinarily well acted and more than competently made film. But it misses by miles the raw engagement and visceral gut punch of, say, Spotlight, a film which – I'm picking – the makers of Bombshell would have liked very much to emulate.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Here's the thing about sexism: It doesn't discriminate. It's an equal opportunity prejudice that cuts across history, culture, political affiliation. "Bombshell" gets this.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

A ferociously entertaining dramatization of how an unlikely group of women exposed and deposed media titan Roger Ailes, it is as harrowing as it is triumphant in its depiction of the way it all came to pass.

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Time Out

Time Out

The material is worthy, but this continuing struggle deserves a more nuanced take.

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Total Film

Total Film

What keeps the drama taut are the excellent central performances, some sure to shake up the Oscar race.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

One of the most compelling stories of the #MeToo movement is told unflinchingly, empathetically and authentically, with Charlize Theron completely nailing the knotty character of Megyn Kelly.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

It is a strange film in some ways, speckled with powerful, insightful moments but also with some strained acting, pulled punches and fudged attitudes, unable to decide if its heroines are compromised through having been loyal Fox staffers.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A smart, snappy depiction of the Fox News ogre getting his comeuppance.

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Variety

Variety

It's easy enough to rip a story from the headlines, but not so easy to make it stick. "Bombshell" has a finely textured, savagely pinpoint, you-are-there verisimilitude...

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