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Freak Show (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Freak Show relies on engaging performances and obviously good intentions to cover for its clichéd story and uneven direction -- and for some viewers, it may well be enough.

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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 feel provoked by his drive to be different, it only motivates him further. 'The nail that sticks out gets hammered down', his father warns him. That does not deter Billy from deciding to run for homecoming queen. Somewhere in-between David Bowie, Lady Gaga, Freddy Mercury and Oscar Wilde, in the transgressive space of pop culture and dressed up as a high school comedy with wit, heart and a dazzling cast, Freak Show is about the violence of conformity and the power of self-determination.

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Cast

Alex Lawther
as Billy Bloom
AnnaSophia Robb
as Blah Blah Blah
Celia Weston
as Florence
Laverne Cox
as Felicia Watts
Larry Pine
as William
John McEnroe
as Coach Carter
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All Critics (43) | Top Critics (21)

It has all the nuance of a sharpie-scrawled slur on a locker. It's pacing is atrocious with scenes colliding together like drunken brunchers, without grace or intention.

May 25, 2019 | Full Review…
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It's hear is absolutely in the right place... I wish I liked it more. I found the film itself was very clumsily told.

August 27, 2018 | Full Review…

It's good natured and well intentioned, but you end up wishing that Styler's directorial decisions were even half as bold as Billy's wardrobe.

June 25, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Cartoonish and clichéd.

June 22, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It barely scratches the surface of the complex themes that it wants to explore.

June 22, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Lawther is subtle. The film? Not so much.

June 22, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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