The Rose
The Rose (1979)

Bette Midler stars as Rose in this somber drama loosely based on the life of the late Janis Joplin. She plays an ill-fated singer who succumbs to the pressures of performing by indulging in drugs and alcohol. Her sweetheart Dyer (Frederic… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 19, 2003
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World

A very compelling performance by Midler bolsters this musical biopic

Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

For rock fans, this is pretty sacred stuff. It has its emotional moments.

Emanuel Levy

Simply riveting, Bette Midler gives a volcanic, Oscar-nominated performance in this loose adaptation of the tragic life of singer Janis Joplin.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Lenny by way of John Waters.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Powerful story, brilliant central performance

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Not bad, but a little dated. I took a whole point off this for the awful singing (of which there is a lot). This movie could have happily been half an hour… More
Walter M.
As one of the top rock stars around, Rose(Bette Midler) is starting to feel the strain which is not helped by her copious drinking. At least, she has stopped… More
AJ Verser
Although this is another movie about a rock star, it's one of the best, it's more realistic and dramatic than others. Plus the songs are good too. I… More
Cameron Johnson
"When the night has been too lonely, and the road has been too long, and you think that love is only for the lucky and the strong, just remember in the… More
Randy Tippy
This one has lost a little of it's allure down through the years but it's still a powerful performance from Bette Midler.
John Ballantine
Best work from Bette Midler ever. She gets inside Janis Joplin quite amazingly especially given that they are unlikely to share many personal traits.