• PG, 1 hr. 49 min.
  • Drama, Classics
  • Directed By:    Robert Rossen
  • In Theaters:    Nov 8, 1949 Wide
  • On DVD:    Jun 5, 2001
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

All the King's Men Reviews

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
December 12, 2006

Today, its realism seems bland, its moralizing forced.

Tony Sloman
Radio Times
January 28, 2014

A blistering and still powerful political drama that deservedly won the best picture Oscar, with the best actor award going to gruff Broderick Crawford in the performance of a lifetime as Willie Stark.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Top Critic
September 21, 2006

Not only has this movie stood the test of time, but its content is as uncomfortable and relevant today as it was the day the film premiered.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
September 9, 2010

Details the rise and fall of a Southern politician

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic
February 19, 2013

A poisonous political process from our not-so-distant past dominates Robert Rossen's classic film about the rise of a Southern demagogue.

Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
September 24, 2006

Stark is a work of art; a walking id whose momentum surges like the adrenaline that busts through his veins as he delivers his fist-pumping speeches.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
October 12, 2002

The acting is way over-the-top, however, Broderick Crawford is great!

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
January 17, 2007

While [Crawford's] full-bodied performance still holds up nearly six decades later, the rest of Robert Rossen's Best Picture winner has lost a good deal of its fierce luster.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
July 27, 2002

| Original Score: 3/5
Tom Milne
Time Out
Top Critic
August 16, 2007

A fine adaptation of Robert Penn Warren's Pulitzer novel.

David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
February 23, 2005

It features one of the great performances in movie history.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
William Brogdon
Variety
Top Critic
February 19, 2008

It is a film that vividly impresses, with dramatic sureness the chicanery of politics as have been practiced in the past and may crop up again.

Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
April 11, 2004

Broderick Crawford is no Orson Welles, but this meditation on the underbelly of American politics is at least in the same league as Citizen Kane.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000

Goodness me, this movie could not have been more prophetic had Nostradamus himself written it.

Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 25, 2006

It's inspired by the career of populist Louisiana governor (1928-32) and Democratic U.S. Senator (1932-35) Huey Long.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003

| Original Score: 5/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
October 31, 2006

Broderick Crawford gives an outstanding performance as the corrupt politician Willie Stark.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 10, 2005

| Original Score: 3/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
July 22, 2005

| Original Score: 3/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
June 15, 2005

A classic tale of power corrupting absolutely

| Original Score: 5/5
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