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The King and I Reviews

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

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 Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4/4

February 10, 2012
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

A beautiful film with a score I didn't much care for.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 3/4

June 9, 2011
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

A boisterous, big-costumed classic musical.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 18, 2010
Variety Staff
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All the ingredients that made Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I a memorable stage experience have been faithfully transferred to the screen.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2009
Emanuel Levy

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

January 29, 2009
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

| Original Score: 4/5

November 7, 2008
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

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 Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 4/4

February 27, 2007
Christopher Null

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 Source: | Original Score: 5/5

December 30, 2006
Tim Dirks
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films

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.

Full Review Source: Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films

August 26, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Over-long but visually spectacular.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

February 25, 2005
Audrey Rock-Richardson
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)

| Original Score: 4/5

December 21, 2004
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Tuneful, mesmerizing (Brynner) R&H musical

| Original Score: 5/5

October 23, 2004
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Classic performances, classic score, the best Rodgers & Hammerstein screen adaptation.

| Original Score: 5/5

September 17, 2004
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

| Original Score: 5/5

September 3, 2004
Derek Smith
Apollo Guide

| Original Score: 3/5

July 18, 2004
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Lovely filming of a classic Rodgers and Hammerstein show

| Original Score: 4/5

July 14, 2004
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

Sumptuously outfitted and well acted, if a little silly and a tad impolitic.

| Original Score: 3/5

April 20, 2004
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

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 Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 3/5

August 17, 2003
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
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If you don't...see [The King and I], believe us, you'll be missing a grand and moving thing.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 5/5

May 20, 2003
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