All The King's Men Reviews

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Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com
February 28, 2008
...a lush melodrama about the corruptibility of us all.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International
February 22, 2007
As much an old-fashioned potboiler as it is a political morality tale.
October 24, 2006
It's a typical politician's tale -- all talk and no action.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 27, 2006
The kind of admirable failure that's worth seeing for what it tries to do -- and for what it sometimes accomplishes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
September 22, 2006
Some will undoubtedly find Penn's ham-boned, spittle-lashing performance a bit much, but it's a pretty close to Warren's original conception.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mary F. Pols
Contra Costa Times
September 22, 2006
All the King's Men has to settle for being something good that makes you want more (like a six-hour HBO movie). That's not to say it isn't filled with fine performances, clever writing and insights into politics that feel absolutely relevant today.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
September 22, 2006
Zaillian does not make things easy for the audience. ... You admire (Stark) for wanting to help the people while at the same time you despise him for his underhanded methods.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
September 22, 2006
The fact that it falls short of the greatness it so obviously strives for doesn't mean it isn't a good film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
September 21, 2006
Penn is convincing as a man of complicated fury whose sense of thwarted entitlement on behalf of his community metastasizes through his administration.
| Original Score: B-
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 21, 2006
An intricate, subtly rewarding narrative whose uncompromising nature and undeniable moral seriousness make it far from business as usual, even in the ever-decreasing world of quality Hollywood filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Diana Saenger
ReviewExpress.com
September 21, 2006
All the King's Men runs too long and suffers from some big indulgences, but it's not a total disaster, mostly because Sean Penn is so riveting to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Thomason
Orlando Weekly
September 21, 2006
This new All the King's Men is appropriately novelistic and detailed, bearing all the fruits and trappings of a direct-from-the-book retelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
September 21, 2006
In its best moments, All the King's Men exhorts us to sit back and reflect on the dark choices we are all capable of making in the name of power.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chuck O'Leary
FulvueDrive-in.com
September 20, 2006
Zaillian has made a flawed but good film that's better than 90 percent of the stuff that gets produced nowadays.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Jon Meacham
Newsweek
September 20, 2006
All the King's Men is grounded in Huey Long's Louisiana, but the issues the novel so lyrically explores are universal.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
September 20, 2006
Flaws of theatricality are everywhere, but I channel my condemnation mostly to what writing excess brings in the way of subject fatigue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
September 18, 2006
Zaillian's movie is much more a reimagining than a remake, and it's much more faithful to the tone of the novel, which is by no means easy to duplicate.
Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
December 28, 2010
There's a good movie in here somewhere but Zaillian's muddied storytelling and lack of focus hides it beyond recall.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 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 | Original Score: 2/5
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 30, 2009
Static and dreary, drained of juice and drenched in "respectable" lighting
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