Misbehaviour

Misbehaviour

Misbehaviour

Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Jessie Buckley star in this comedy-drama recounting the events of the controversial 1970 Miss World competition.

1970 was the year that the Women's Liberation Movement stormed the stage during a live broadcast of the Miss Universe competition - the most watched show on Earth - and achieved overnight fame. It was also the same year that the first black competitor was crowned winner.

2020Rating: M, Offensive language107 minsUK
ComedyDramaHistorical

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Stuff

Stuff

Others in this impressive ensemble also shine, but this is where Misbehaviour’s strength is also its weakness.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

While Rebecca Frayn and Gaby Chiappe’s script works hard to give all of its players dimension, such an overstuffed narrative tends to do the opposite, limping through sub-subplots and continually introducing new characters, leaving its main attractions to twist in the wind.

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Variety

Variety

Misbehaviour says good riddance to a bad era in the brightest, politest way possible: too politely, perhaps, if you’re seeking a feminist comedy that actually lives up to the raucous promise of its title.

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Total Film

Total Film

A memorable showdown from yesteryear is recalled in an enjoyable yet frustrating film that stubbornly refuses to pick a side.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Knightley and Mbatha-Raw headline an excellent band of British talent, but the film’s focus feels sadly misguided. There’s a great story within Misbehaviour — we just don’t get to see enough of it.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

An attempt to tell this complicated intersectional story, and it does so with a comedic light-hearted style, sometimes appropriate, but sometimes inadequate to the possibilities inherent in the real-life event.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The jocular, amiable tone helps deliver the more serious social history lesson throughout, even if sometimes it feels like it’s shouting just a little too loudly to wake up the dimmer students at the back of the lecture hall.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

If there is a tonal uncertainty in this comedy, then that’s because there was a tonal uncertainty in the real-life events, and the movie nicely conveys how they were at one and the same time deadly serious and Pythonically silly.

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