Misbehaviour

Misbehaviour

COMING SOON TO CINEMAS26 November 2020
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, Coarse language.107 minsUK
ComedyDramaHistorical

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IndieWire

IndieWire

press

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.

Variety

Variety

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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.

Total Film

Total Film

press

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

3.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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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.

3.0
RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

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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.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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.

4.0
IndieWire

IndieWire

press

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.

Variety

Variety

press

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.

Total Film

Total Film

press

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

3.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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.

3.0
RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

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.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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.

4.0

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