Freak Show
Freak Show (2018)

Could Billy Bloom be like everyone else if he wanted to? It would certainly save him a whole lot of trouble. But he has absolutely no desire to be like them. When others call him theatrical, he takes it as a compliment; when his classmates… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: January 12, 2018
DVD Release Date: January 12, 2018
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Critic Score: 45% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Rex Reed
New York Observer

It is never boring, and its plea for inclusion, acceptance and tolerance over bullying in the confusing fabric of a changing society is laudable.

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Serena Donadoni
Village Voice

Bitterly funny and warmly empathetic ...

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Brian Orndorf

It neglects to address the reality of Billy's universe, which is filled with a lot more behavioral nuance and social and familial struggle than the feature dares to show.

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Scott Tobias

There are times when Freak Show seems like a high school film repurposed from other high school films, rather than an authentic vision of life outside ChloŽ Sevigny's hometown.

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Guy Lodge

Styler's peppy but thin foray into feature direction is especially disappointing following her strong track record as a producer of more singular, stylistically confident indies ...

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David Noh
Film Journal International

Keeps things likeably frothy and delivers nicely on both entertainment and emotional fronts.

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Glenn Kenny
New York Times

Mr. Lawther is sympathetic and appealing as Billy, but Ms. Styler seems to mistake broad strokes for stylistic daring, and her colorful but diffuse movie never jells.

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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter

That it unfolds with a near-complete absence of finesse or subtlety probably won't matter a whit to a target audience weaned on Glee.

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Danielle Solzman
Cultured Vultures

Freak Show is a much-needed film that focuses on a gender-nonconforming teen in high school and preaches the message of acceptance and inclusion.

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