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A biographical musical film based on the life of musician star Elton John.
Author Review
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
"Call it Elton John’s 'Bohemian Rhapsody', with more sex, more drugs and a killer performance from Taron Egerton(…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
A. O. Scott
The New York Times
"The point of 'Rocketman' isn't self-aggrandizement. It's fan service of an especially and characteristically generous kind"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Peter Debruge
"Let’s be honest: Whatever compelled Reginald Dwight to become Elton John was probably a lot more complicated than simply not getting enough hugs from his father (...) as the film implies."  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
David Rooney
The Hollywood Reporter
"It's largely to the credit of star Taron Egerton (...) that the movie remains airborne (...) [It] commits wholeheartedly to its flashy eccentricity, and for many, that will be more than fun enough."  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Peter Bradshaw
The Guardian
"An honest, heartfelt tribute to Elton John’s music and his public image. But the man itself eluded it (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  NEU
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Robbie Collin
"A heart-racing, toe-tapping, deliriously entertaining triumph (…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Tim Grierson
"[It] is so energetic that it’s possible to be swept away by its enthusiasm for putting Reg on a pedestal. Too often, though, the film just flattens you, demanding fealty to Sir Elton.  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Phil de Semlyen
Time Out
"[It] gets right far more than it gets wrong. There’s no sugar-coating of the drug and booze abuse, but it doesn’t lean in too hard on the cinematic clichés of white lines and endless empties either (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Justin Chang
Los Angeles Times
"Its depiction of rock 'n' roll debauchery still falls within a range of perfunctory, somewhat sanitized gestures (...) What you may not always anticipate is the wit and imagination of the staging"  NEU
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Geoffrey Macnab
The Independent
"A rousing and emotional affair with an operatic sweep (...) Fletcher films even the darkest scenes in a very flamboyant fashion and manages to leaven matters with some ironic humour (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Steve Pond
The Wrap
"It’s all grand and fun and corny, a musical fantasy that reaches for the sky and gets there often enough to make it diverting but also frustrating."  NEU
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Kevin Maher
The Times
"It finds strength in texture, beauty in sadness, and an inspired finale in a crackpot arrangement of one of the singer's greatest hits (…) Rating: ★★★★½ (out of 5)"  POS
BelgiumBelgium M
Kaleem Aftab
"It’s when dissecting [his] relationships that the film works best"  POS
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