• PG-13, 1 hr. 42 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Steven Soderbergh
    In Theaters:
    Sep 1, 1993 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 9, 1994
  • Universal Pictures


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King of the Hill Reviews

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

one of Soderbergh's best films: a painterly, thoughtful, and subtly emotional portrait of preadolescent coming of age in dire circumstances

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 20, 2014
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

It all seemed like an oddly straightforward ... choice for Soderbergh at the time, but he has proven since then that his lateral range is almost immeasurable.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

March 6, 2014
Noel Murray
The Dissolve

King Of The Hill balances an incident-packed script with muted tones, painting a rich, absorbing picture of one boy's struggle to live by his wits.

Full Review Source: The Dissolve | Original Score: 4.5/5

February 24, 2014
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

To revisit King of the Hill—or to discover it—is to realize how seldom American cinema deems it worthwhile to tell a child's story with anything approaching serious psychological intent. [Criterion Blu-ray/DVD]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 19, 2014
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Tenderly directed and written by Steven Soderbergh.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B-

July 25, 2012
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

Early Soderbergh family drama is excellent.

| Original Score: 4/5

April 20, 2007
Emanuel Levy

This dark, poetic movie is intended as a tribute to the resilient spirit of many Jewish families that had fallen on hard times; Aaron and his survival instincts recall the young protagonists of Mark Twain and Charles Dickens.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

December 19, 2006
Clint Morris

Bradford gives a memorable performance

| Original Score: 3/5

March 31, 2005
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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The film does a lovely job of juxtaposing the sharp contrasts in Aaron's life, and in marveling at the fact that he survives as buoyantly as he does.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

August 30, 2004
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online

Soderbergh's most underrated film and easily his most affecting.

| Original Score: 5/5

June 11, 2004
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Affirms imagination as a character attribute that helps a resilient adolecent to survive in hard times.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

August 20, 2002
David Poland
Hot Button

One of Soderbergh's Very Best

| Original Score: 5/5

July 26, 2002
Stephen Farber

King of the Hill proves that sex, lies, and videotape was no fluke. In fact, this movie is so good that it made me want to take another look at Kafka.

Full Review Source: Movieline

January 9, 2002

As stories of hope and spirit go, this is a subtle marvel.

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 4/5

May 12, 2001
James Berardinelli
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A remarkable odyssey about a resilient young hero who uses both his imagination and his sense of reality to survive.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Scott Renshaw

A beautiful and darkly poetic adaptation of A. E. Hotchner's memoir of life during the Great Depression.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 9/10

January 1, 2000
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Soderbergh brings them together as a whole with wit and intelligence, a wry sense of humor and some excellent performances.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City

January 1, 2000
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

Carefully filled out with small, polished character performances, Soderbergh's film is a lyrical piece of well-crafted passion.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 1, 2000
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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It's his best work by far.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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With the kind of material you'd never dream of associating with him, Soderbergh has made his best film.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
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