Is Bohemian Rhapsody really an award-worthy film? Have your say

Hajra Rahim

The Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody received a less than friendly reception from the majority of critics on its release, but lukewarm reviews have done little to hinder the film's commercial success. It has so far raked in a hefty $820 million worldwide – nor its reception on the red carpet, picking up numerous awards including Best Picture and Best Actor at the Golden Globes and Best Actor at the Baftas last night for lead actor Rami Malek.

But the debate between critics and audiences rages on. Among the most common complaints are that the film doesn't sufficiently reflect Freddie Mercury's sexuality, that it fails to cover the suffering he endured at the end of his life – and that it rewrote history by claiming he learnt he had Aids before the band's famous Live Aid performance (in reality, the singer was diagnosed two years later).

Doubling down on The Telegraph's tepid three star review, last week's scathing critique of Malek's performance from resident film critic Robbie Collin's poured further fuel on the fire. We've rounded-up the best reader responses and reactions below.

But what do you think? Did you enjoy the film? Do you agree with Robbie that Malek's performance was "not good at all"? Or do you think that it's Oscar-worthy?

Read on for the best of our readers' reaction and then take to the comment section to have your say. 

'There's enough footage of the real man to not want to watch a tribute act'

@Sue Roberts

"Having seen clips of the film we decided not to see the whole thing. Robbie Collin perfectly describes why. For us there is enough accessible footage of the real man/band to not want to watch a ‘tribute’ act particularly with those appalling prosthetic teeth! Friends/family who have seen it are mainly disappointed but the ones who are positive are really positive. Each to their own."

'The film did a good job of catching a wonderful man'

@Paul Copson

"I thought it was a moving film. The tender portrayal of Mercury’s relationship with Mary Austin and his parents was beautifully done. Nothing is ever perfect but on balance the film did a pretty good job of catching a wonderful man who was a total one off."

'I'm delighted audiences ignored the critics'

Graham Key

"All my family loved the film at the IMAX, The Live Aid scenes were breathtaking and the acting was a marvel. My daughter hasn't stopped playing Queen's music and singing along for the week ever since. Isn't that the point of this movie? Was it a perfect film? No, but what movie is?

"The critics all bemoan the fact that the movie wasn't 'darker' or 'grittier', but I applaud all involved for making a 12A movie that families with older kids can enjoy together, and I'm delighted that audiences have ignored the critics and flocked to the box office and, in so doing, arguably catapulting the status of Queen to be bigger than the Beatles."

'A tough act to follow'

@Henry Gee

"I am privileged to have seen Queen perform twice, with Freddie. The first was at the Brighton Centre in December 1979. The second was at Leeds United FC in 1983. As the reviewer says, the whole point of Freddie was that you couldn't take your eyes off him. Even from hundreds of yards away, he'd have half your brain enslaved and singing along, while the other half of your brain was wondering how on Earth you'd been so captivated.

"Many years later a friend told me that there was a pub at Bolney, near Gatwick Airport, called the Queen's Head, with Freddie's portrait as the pub sign. I didn't believe him (he was fond of gags like that)  until I drove past it one day, and found it was true.

"Forget gongs, OBEs or even portraits on banknotes. It's when you get to be on a pub sign that you know you are part of a nation's history. Kings and Queens, the Marquis of Granby and Freddie Mercury. A tough act to follow. I wonder if any biopic could ever be up to the task."

'Laughable that it's actually winning things'

@simlew86

"I enjoyed Bohemian Rhapsody for the beige yet joyful sing-a-long it was, though a multiple award winner it is definitely not. It being up for best editing for example makes a total mockery of the craft. Laughable it’s actually winning things."

'The film bastardises his life story'

@aus_toon

"They’d actually be doing Freddie a favour by not awarding a movie that bastardises his life story, but somehow this whole thing is being framed as a tribute."

'Rami Malek absolutely breathed the part'

@PacelliTrevor

"Sorry, but you're wrong. Rami Malek absolutely breathed the part: every step he took, every grin he made, it all was smooth and genuine. There was never a moment he was not giving it all to transform himself in and out. And that's coming from someone who didn't like this movie."

'The supporting cast was dreadful'

@Stephenfyfe

"Malek's performance possibly looks better than it was because the supporting cast was dreadful. They were played like goofy sidekicks although this is likely down to the script. I did like Bohemian Rhapsody but I should have loved it being the film's target audience."

'People are projecting their love for Freddie into Rami'

@OssiAnna

"People are confusing his performance in the movie and their love for the Queen' music. They're projecting their admiration for Freddie onto Rami."

'It was an homage to Freddie Mercury'

@AB

"I almost didn't go and see it, I was so worried that nobody could ever play Freddie – but he did and he did a very good and believable job. Good enough that I could stop worrying and enjoy every minute of the film and it was an homage to him. Well done Rami Malek!

'Rami is deserving of the praise he's getting'

@PT

"Goodness – sure could have fooled me. The audience stood up and clapped at the end. I thought it was great though the fake teeth were a bit too pronounced. I felt Rami deserving of the recognition he’s getting."

'Far from the best film I've ever seen'

@PM

"Far from the best film I've ever seen although I did enjoy it. Find it strange anyone could question Malek's acting though. A bit like Jim Carey as Andy Kauffman I thought – almost scarily good. A really compelling performance. Can't really give any credibility to this article without the writer acknowledging how impressive Remi Malek is. Plain for everyone to see."