Bohemian Rhapsody is currently riding high after its recent big night at the Golden Globes, as the Queen biopic took home the Best Motion Picture award in the drama category. Rami Malek was also awarded for his performance as Freddie Mercury which, even for those who maybe didn't like the movie overall, has been a highlight. But, speaking to that point a little bit, Bohemian Rhapsody is actually the worst reviewed movie to win Best Motion Picture at the event in more than 30 years.

As it stands, Bohemian Rhapsody boasts a 62 percent critical approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. To find a movie that won the same award at the Golden Globes with a lower rating, we have to go all the way back to 1986 when Robert Redford and Meryl Streep's Out of Africa took home the night's top prize. That movie currently holds just a 60 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Of all the 149 movies to ever win Best Motion Picture at the Golden Globes, be it drama or the musical/comedy category, Bohemian Rhapsody ranks at number 128, in terms of its overall rating. The lowest-rated in history is 1953's The Robe, which sits at a lowly 33 percent.

It's worth pointing out that the audience rating for Bohemian Rhapsody is quite a bit better, as it currently sits at 90 percent. This movie is a crowd pleaser. No doubt about that. But plenty of critics have taken issue with the movie's inaccuracies, as it portrays events that didn't happen, such as the band breaking up before their legendary Live Aid performance. The movie has also been in hot water over director Bryan Singer, who has been happy to take credit for the movie's performance, even though he was fired before it was finished.

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In any event, the movie has become a massive hit, grossing more than $740 million worldwide, making it the most successful biopic ever. Despite the fact that many critics have their issues, Bohemian Rhapsody is also now a heavy favorite to score a Best Picture nomination when the Oscars nominations are revealed on January 22. It was largely expected that Rami Malek would make it into the Best Actor category, but Best Picture wasn't such a sure bet. However, the Golden Globes win certainly didn't hurt the movie's case any.

Rotten Tomatoes is only one way to indicate a movie's overall reception. It's worth noting that, when it comes to older movies that were made before the platform existed, Rotten Tomatoes may not be the most accurate indicator available. Still, it is interesting to see how successful Bohemian Rhapsody has become this awards season, despite the fact that it hasn't managed to win the usual amount of critical acclaim associated with Oscar hopefuls. Be that as it may, this very well could be the movie to beat at this point, as momentum certainly seems to be on its side. This news was previously reported by NME.

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