The King and I Reviews

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TV Guide's Movie Guide
February 10, 2012
Starring Yul Brynner in the part he seemed born to play, this is a fine if slightly stage-bound example of the 1950s Hollywood musical spectacular.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
February 10, 2012
Typically overproduced.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
June 9, 2011
A beautiful film with a score I didn't much care for.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media
December 18, 2010
A boisterous, big-costumed classic musical.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
All the ingredients that made Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I a memorable stage experience have been faithfully transferred to the screen.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
January 29, 2009
Walter Lang's screen version is too theatrical but the score by Rodgers and Hammerstein is glorious and the acting by Yul Brynner in his most iconic role and Deborah Kerr is superb, overcoming Marnie Nixon's colorless voice.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
February 27, 2007
A chronicle of colonialism that poses itself as an easy-to-dismiss artifact, yet reveals itself to be an enduring statement about why people can't get along.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
December 30, 2006
The popular pick for the best Rodgers and Hammerstein musical is probably The Sound of Music, but I'm throwing in for The King and I.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tim Dirks
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
August 26, 2006
The King and I (1956) is the popular and elaborate musical and story of the tutoring of the stubborn, King of Siam's wives and children by widowed English school teacher Anna Leonowens in 1862.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Over-long but visually spectacular.
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 23, 2004
Tuneful, mesmerizing (Brynner) R&H musical
| Original Score: 5/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
September 17, 2004
Classic performances, classic score, the best Rodgers & Hammerstein screen adaptation.
| Original Score: 5/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 14, 2004
Lovely filming of a classic Rodgers and Hammerstein show
| Original Score: 4/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
April 20, 2004
Sumptuously outfitted and well acted, if a little silly and a tad impolitic.
| Original Score: 3/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
August 17, 2003
This isn't Thailand, it's Hollywood's version of it on a sound stage, so the sets are at the same time more extravagant and more fake than they should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
If you don't...see [The King and I], believe us, you'll be missing a grand and moving thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
November 7, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 25, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Audrey Rock-Richardson
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
December 21, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
September 3, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
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