The Rose
The Rose (1979)

The Rose is definitely derived from the life of the late rock singer Janis Joplin. Bette Midler convincingly portrays a hard-bitten rock singer who drowns her fame and stardom in too much drink and drugs. Frederic Forrest appears as a… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 7, 1979
DVD Release Date: August 19, 2003
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Bette Midler's turn as the self-destructive yet sympathetic Rose is a tour de force, and there are nice contributions from Frederic Forrest and, in one powerhouse scene, Harry Dean Stanton.

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve

The Rose wouldn't work without the full commitment of Midler, who always seems poised between a bawdy guffaw and thick mascara tears.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Powerful story, brilliant central performance

James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

Were it not a fictional feature film, The Rose might very well be considered one of the best concert documentaries of the 1970s.

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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.

Melissa Anderson

The Rose isn't big but enormous.

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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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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 V
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.