The movie dramatising the life of Queen‘s singer won the Best Picture – Drama award on Monday, while Freddie actor Remi Malek also scooped the Best Actor gong at the ceremony.
However, it has emerged that Bohemian Rhapsody‘s rating of just 62% on Rotten Tomatoes makes it the least favourably-rated movie to win Best Picture since romantic drama Out Of Africa in 1986. Starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep, Out Of Africa is just behind on 60%.
Bohemian Rhapsody is also rated a lowly 128 of all 149 Best Picture winners at Golden Globes in its various categories since the ceremony began in 1944. The worst is 1953 Biblical epic The Robe, which starred Richard Burton and has an approval rating of just 33%.
After the film’s Golden Globes triumph, Queen guitarist Brian May defended Bohemian Rhapsody against critics, saying negativity came from its trailer rather than the full film. May told Deadline: “The mistake critics made was reviewing the trailer instead of reviewing the film. They jumped to conclusions. Once people staked their claim, it’s hard for them to withdraw.” Malek’s co-star Lucy Boynton has also called criticism “frustrating”.
Criticism against the film has stemmed from claims that it didn’t feature Mercury’s bisexuality. Despite the attacks, Bohemian Rhapsody is now the highest-grossing music biopic of all-time, overtaking Abba movie Mamma Mia after making $600m (£478m) at the box-office. Singalong screenings allowing fans to join on Queen hits like ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘We Are The Champions’ were recently announced for cinemas.