Critic Consensus: Bombshell benefits from a terrific cast and a worthy subject, but its impact is muffled by a frustrating inability to go deeper than the sensationalistic surface.
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This superbly acted Faustian tale may inhabit the world of white privilege but it is terrific at unpicking the workplace sexism millions of ordinary women face every day.
It's Bombshell's modus operandi that female leads are continually explaining things to men, but the women-only interactions are the strongest - epitomised by a moment when Gretchen, Megyn and Kayla silently share the same lift.
It's this element of recoil from total sympathy with these harassed women that makes the film intriguing though.
Bombshell is a fine enough movie, one that's entertaining and well-paced when you're watching it but forgettable as soon as you leave the theatre.
What happened to these women is appalling; that the film takes such pains to sand down the politics of its central characters to make them more sympathetic undermines its entire thesis.
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