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I Served the King of England Reviews

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Tasty enough but inoffensive even when it should offend, provoke, startle.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 18, 2008
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine

Dite's limited awakening is neither tragedy nor the kind of bitter, fatalistic farce seen in Lina Wertmuller's Seven Beauties.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

August 25, 2008
Tricia Olszewski
Let's Not Listen

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.

Full Review Source: Let's Not Listen

September 11, 2008
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

By the time it crosses the finish line the film has nearly stopped dead.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 9, 2008
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle

[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.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

September 26, 2008
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

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.

Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics | Original Score: 6/10

September 3, 2008
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

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.

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September 9, 2008
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

The movie is far too slow-moving, and young Jan's trysts with the beautiful women become repetitive.

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September 9, 2008
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com

Slower than a glacier, despite prolific female nudity, this is a waste of two perfectly good hours.

Full Review Source: tonymedley.com | Original Score: 1/10

September 1, 2008
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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The deft physical comedy is a pleasure, though the leering chauvinism becomes more embarrassing as the movie progresses.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 5, 2008
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

August 29, 2008
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters

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.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 5/10

September 12, 2008
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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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.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

September 19, 2008
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

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.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 19, 2008
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 9, 2008
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

The pseudo-sensuality is annoying and the supposed absurdism and satire are flimsy.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 2/5

October 18, 2008
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

May 13, 2009
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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It's a film filled with wicked satire and sex both joyful and pitiful.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

September 5, 2008
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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The movie's main appeal is its special comic flavor -- a zesty fusion of picaresque adventure, absurdist whimsy and Chaplinesque grace.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

September 12, 2008
Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
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Do away with the clever style and you're still left with a rousing picaresque of life's beautiful-sad ironies.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 27, 2008
Steve Dollar
Paste Magazine
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Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Mark Jenkins
NPR.org
October 18, 2008

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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October 18, 2008

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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