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, Mature themes, sexual references and coarse language109 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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Flicks

Flicks, Sarah Voon

flicks

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.

4.0

I walked out of Bombshell brimming silently with anger, which I think means this film achieved what it set out to do. Although the pseudo-doco directing style can distract from the drama, I appreciate that it reminds the audience that these are real events. - letterboxd.com/therealclose

4.0

"Ready to go to war?" Not exactly.

Bombshell by Jay Roach and Charles Randolph, starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie is...alright, it's okay. Arguably the best aspect of the film are the performances. Theron absolutely shines in the movie with her portrayal of Megyn Kelly which carries the whole movie. It's very worth mentioning that Margot Robbie is also great as...

3.0

An uncomfortable painting completed with sensitive strokes

In view of Bombshell's exploration of sexual harassment and assault, my review's title seems like a double-entrende and therefore, awkwardly fitting. Bombshell is a riveting and surpsingly even-handed film, even as it draws back the covers on lecherous tendencies amongst FOX magnates to trammel women's careers with sexual harrassment and...

5.0

Compelling

My husband and I looked forward to seeing this movie and it didn't disappoint. The actors all did a tremendous performance. The sad reality is this behaviour/toxicity/sexism is all too common, even in NZ and it goes to show, if you are prepared to put your job on the line, you can get the truth out there and get some justice.

5.0

Good (film), bad (men), ugly (things they do)

Very good, about the bad men who do ugly things to women. Notable moments: 1. Kate McKinnon is in it. Yay! And she gets to have consensual fun times with Margo Robbie. Off-camera, but I imagine her dressed as Holtzman. 2. The creeping sense of visceral horror when Fox News boss says: Give me a twirl... Higher Higher 3. As credits rolled, a Loud Film Buff...

4.0

worth watching but way over-hyped

I realise now that my workplace isn't as toxic as I thought it was! About as subtle and nuanced as a sledgehammer and predictably getting loads of awards talk as per every other film based on real people ever. Is it just me or can Nicole Kidman simply not act well enough that you forget it's her? It's still an interesting and entertaining "insight"...

3.0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

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

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Bombshell embellishes on truth but delivers sophisticated #MeToo story.

4.0
New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

press

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.

3.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

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.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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.

Time Out

Time Out

press

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

3.0
Total Film

Total Film

press

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

4.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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.

4.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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.

3.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

Variety

Variety

press

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...

Flicks

Flicks, Sarah Voon

flicks

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.

4.0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

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

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Bombshell embellishes on truth but delivers sophisticated #MeToo story.

4.0
New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

press

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.

3.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

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.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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.

Time Out

Time Out

press

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

3.0
Total Film

Total Film

press

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

4.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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.

4.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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.

3.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

Variety

Variety

press

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...

I walked out of Bombshell brimming silently with anger, which I think means this film achieved what it set out to do. Although the pseudo-doco directing style can distract from the drama, I appreciate that it reminds the audience that these are real events. - letterboxd.com/therealclose

4.0

"Ready to go to war?" Not exactly.

Bombshell by Jay Roach and Charles Randolph, starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie is...alright, it's okay. Arguably the best aspect of the film are the performances. Theron absolutely shines in the movie with her portrayal of Megyn Kelly which carries the whole movie. It's very worth mentioning that Margot Robbie is also great as...

3.0

An uncomfortable painting completed with sensitive strokes

In view of Bombshell's exploration of sexual harassment and assault, my review's title seems like a double-entrende and therefore, awkwardly fitting. Bombshell is a riveting and surpsingly even-handed film, even as it draws back the covers on lecherous tendencies amongst FOX magnates to trammel women's careers with sexual harrassment and...

5.0

Compelling

My husband and I looked forward to seeing this movie and it didn't disappoint. The actors all did a tremendous performance. The sad reality is this behaviour/toxicity/sexism is all too common, even in NZ and it goes to show, if you are prepared to put your job on the line, you can get the truth out there and get some justice.

5.0

Good (film), bad (men), ugly (things they do)

Very good, about the bad men who do ugly things to women. Notable moments: 1. Kate McKinnon is in it. Yay! And she gets to have consensual fun times with Margo Robbie. Off-camera, but I imagine her dressed as Holtzman. 2. The creeping sense of visceral horror when Fox News boss says: Give me a twirl... Higher Higher 3. As credits rolled, a Loud Film...

4.0

worth watching but way over-hyped

I realise now that my workplace isn't as toxic as I thought it was! About as subtle and nuanced as a sledgehammer and predictably getting loads of awards talk as per every other film based on real people ever. Is it just me or can Nicole Kidman simply not act well enough that you forget it's her? It's still an interesting and entertaining "insight"...

3.0