Rocketman

critic Reviews

89% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score89%
  • It's going to be a long, long time before a rock biopic manages to capture the highs and lows of an artist's life like Rocketman.
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    Erin KeaneSalon.com
    It's Taron Egerton as Elton John who carries and sells the film -- often backwards and in platform heels. Wild as it may sound to approach such a mercurial and marvelous character with beautiful restraint, Egerton's performance is meticulously calibrated.
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    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle
    Really, on the basis of "Rocketman," you'd think Elton John never had a moment of fun.
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    Richard BrodyNew Yorker
    "Rocketman" is far from a drama of introspection-and, unfortunately, Egerton's performance, as directed by Fletcher, doesn't add to the protagonist's inner life.
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    David EdelsteinNew York Magazine/Vulture
    Rocketman has unusual dramatic heft for a jukebox musical, but that's a big curve on which to grade - the characters are still skin-deep.
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    Jeffrey BloomerSlate
    Rocketman never quite finds the wild momentum its characters seem to chase around in all those musical numbers.
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    Anthony LaneNew Yorker
    If you need somebody to recount the rise of a British rock god from pallid suburbia to the baroque extremes of fame, and to create a stir without causing too much of a fuss, Fletcher is your man.
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    Dan ScullyCinema76
    Despite existing in a fantasy world, these characters are unmistakably human, and that, along with the masterful film craft on display, is what makes this one of the best musical biopics ever made.
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    Marshall EstesThe Spool
    What makes Rocketman so uneven is, ironically enough, a lack of understanding of what makes Elton John so iconic.
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    Mina TaklaAwardsWatch
    Dexter Fletcher's Elton John biopic is an entertaining if imperfect film with a fantastic performance from Taron Egerton.
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    Julian Lytleidobi.com
    A bright and colorful telling of a rock icon's life that shows off the ups and downs in splendorific fashion.
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