All The King's Men (2006)



Critic Consensus: With a scenery-chewing performance from Sean Penn, an absence of political insight, and an overall lack of narrative cohesiveness, these Men give Oscar bait a bad name.

Movie Info

The legacy of a populist Southern politician whose lofty ambitions for the future leave him open to corruption and scandal is detailed as author Robert Penn Warren's thinly veiled portrait of Depression-era Louisiana governor Huey Long comes to the screen -- again -- this time courtesy of director and screenwriter Steven Zaillian. Willie Stark (Sean Penn) is a man of the people, and for the people; at least that's what he tells the people. Propelled into a race for governor by opposing forces … More

Rating: PG-13 (for an intense sequence of violence, sexual content and partial nudity)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Steven Zaillian
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 19, 2006
Box Office: $7.2M
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as Willie Stark

as Jack Burden

as Anne Stanton

as Adam Stanton

as Sadie Burke

as Judge Irwin

as Tiny Duffy

as Mrs. Burden

as Lucy Stark

as Willie's Father

as Editor

as Commissioner

as Senator

as Mr. Peyton

as Mrs. Peyton

as Miss DuMonde

as Ice Skater

as Carruthers' Banker

as Savannah Clerk

as Lily Littlepaugh

as Sheriff

as Senate Leader

as Jack (age 10)

as Mr. Burden

as MacMurphy

as Jack (age 4)

as Slade's Guitarist
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Critic Reviews for All The King's Men

All Critics (155) | Top Critics (50)

What should have been an incisive study of the American political scene turns out a lumbering celluloid white elephant.

Full Review… | October 30, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The film isn't dreadful: it is just generally disappointing.

October 26, 2006
The New Republic
Top Critic

There's a good movie in here somewhere but Zaillian's muddied storytelling and lack of focus hides it beyond recall.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010

All the King's Men is a dull movie, mainly due to the fact that it is full of boring characters which are poorly written by writer/director Steven Zaillian and led by an underwhelming Jude Law.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Matt's Movie Reviews

Static and dreary, drained of juice and drenched in "respectable" lighting

Full Review… | August 30, 2009

"All the King's Men" is a grand scale embarrassment.

Full Review… | April 15, 2009

Audience Reviews for All The King's Men

I've been meaning to see Robert Rossen's original All the Kings Men for a while but somehow I've managed to see this version first. If it is as good as this film then I will be pleased. The acting by the more than capable cast was impressive and I thought the story flowed so well with the odd on/off narrative from Jude Law's character. I thought it was a good choice as it could have very easily been just another cliched and predictable political drama that has been made time and time again. It's not a perfect film by any stretch but there is something quite pleasing about its imperfections and quirks. At the very least it is very watchable, I'm slightly confused by the very low ratings it has been given, I can only conclude that people actually like watching the same film over and over.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

I know I might be in the minority, but I loved every minute of this. The acting was terrific and it was a perfect neo-noir story. I liked the idea of seeing the complete corruption of an innately good person and the following of him by journalist Jack Burden.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer


All of the talent but none of the substance would be a good way to describe this film.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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