Tasty enough but inoffensive even when it should offend, provoke, startle.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Dite's limited awakening is neither tragedy nor the kind of bitter, fatalistic farce seen in Lina Wertmuller's Seven Beauties.
| Original Score: 2/4
Barnev gives a deftly Chaplinesque performance...but Díte never really finds any meaning or lessons in the choices he made, and neither will the audience.
By the time it crosses the finish line the film has nearly stopped dead.
[It's] surrounded by and infused with the potential for meaning but feels like a lark: a bit of nothing whistling past the graveyard of 20th century European history without a thing to do but indulge itself.
| Original Score: 2/5
Scoring high for creativity, the story of the fantastic life of urban nomad and unwilling Bolshevik Jan Dite gives us too little to hang on to. This is hard work for a laugh.
| Original Score: 6/10
Czech writer/director Jiri Menzel, in an effort to maintain a lighter spirit to the movie, tends to gloss over many of the atrocities committed during this time.
The movie is far too slow-moving, and young Jan's trysts with the beautiful women become repetitive.
Slower than a glacier, despite prolific female nudity, this is a waste of two perfectly good hours.
| Original Score: 1/10
The deft physical comedy is a pleasure, though the leering chauvinism becomes more embarrassing as the movie progresses.
The new film is so leisurely paced and overly long that what means to be at once charming yet darkly satirical lapses into tedium and barely comes alive.
Using the absurd Díte to indict ambition, passivity, and willful ignorance, "I Served the King of England" is a familiar sort of comedy, equal parts farcical and musical.
| Original Score: 5/10
I Served the King of England should be a brilliant picture, one last testament to the intertwined sensibilities of two brave artists. Should be, but isn't.
The trouble with I Served the King of England is that it's sometimes bizarre and clever and often visually wonderful, but you never forget that you're watching a movie. And it does go on.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
In the end, I Served the King of England is doomed to fail by comparison. Ironically, they are comparisons that the film itself keeps making.
The pseudo-sensuality is annoying and the supposed absurdism and satire are flimsy.
| Original Score: 4/5
It's a film filled with wicked satire and sex both joyful and pitiful.
| Original Score: 3/4
The movie's main appeal is its special comic flavor -- a zesty fusion of picaresque adventure, absurdist whimsy and Chaplinesque grace.
Do away with the clever style and you're still left with a rousing picaresque of life's beautiful-sad ironies.