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I Served the King of England Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Fear
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 21, 2008
The world it depicts is too dangerous and too lovely to classify.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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November 10, 2008
The movie is filled with wonderful moments, set pieces of absurdity, and a richness of humor. But underneath, Menzel and Hraba have a wry and sometimes painful story to tell of the history of their country in the 20th century.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 18, 2008
Tasty enough but inoffensive even when it should offend, provoke, startle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 19, 2008
Most movies of this kind would lead towards redemption of sorts. Menzel prefers quiet introspection to loud conversion, and that's both a strength and weakness of this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
September 19, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 18, 2008
Transforming the calamitous past into the springboard for sexy, satirical fantasy, Menzel tells his tale through the experiences of Jan Dite, a waiter fixated on his dream of becoming a hotel owner and millionaire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
September 17, 2008
The minor protocols and major assaults of the characters are fused, paradoxically, by a truly lyrical talent.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 12, 2008
An extravagant, visually stunning feast of sensory delights, Jiri Menzel's winsome comedy, set in World War II-era Prague, pirouettes along a beguiling but treacherous line between horror and whimsy.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
September 12, 2008
Though the pervasive air of light-hearted irony sometimes feels incongruous, the movie is never slow or dull, thanks to a playful series of slo-mo fantasy sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 12, 2008
The movie's main appeal is its special comic flavor -- a zesty fusion of picaresque adventure, absurdist whimsy and Chaplinesque grace.
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
September 11, 2008
This episodic, picaresque film is one delightful surprise after another, a complete joy to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
September 5, 2008
The film's whirl of history can be a bit vague at times, but that's a forgivable fault when your senses are so delightfully overwhelmed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 5, 2008
With equal parts ribaldry and revelry, Menzel tells the story of the manchild who rises from street vendor to waiter to hotelier.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 5, 2008
The moral translates darkly and it translates well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
September 5, 2008
The deft physical comedy is a pleasure, though the leering chauvinism becomes more embarrassing as the movie progresses.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 5, 2008
It's a film filled with wicked satire and sex both joyful and pitiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
September 2, 2008
I Served the King of England may not be a totally riveting movie, but it is, in its gently insinuating way, a curiously rewarding one.
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
August 29, 2008
You are swept away by the beauty of individual moments and by Barnev's extraordinary performance, which beautifully serves I Served the King of England.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
August 29, 2008
An elegant, ironic fable with literary origins (a novel by Bohumil Hrabal) that belongs to a distinctive middle-European artistic tradition with a puckish spirit that sometimes seems sweet and at other times ruthless.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
August 29, 2008
Charming to the max, Served unfolds in Czechoslovakia when it was ruled by the Germans and, later, the Soviets.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 29, 2008
A film as unique as this is a gift that shouldn't be ignored. And if Menzel once again finds the audience he deserves, we won't have to wait years for another.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
August 29, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 29, 2008
There is hardly a moment in this new film in which you are not aware that its absurdist view of the human condition was shaped by traumatic 20th-century events.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Entertainment Weekly
August 29, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
August 28, 2008
Forty years after his breakthrough, Menzel has returned with I Served The King Of England, and it's like he never left.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
August 27, 2008
I Served the King of England ends up a curious combination of raunchy merriment and malignant undercurrents.
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
August 27, 2008
Do away with the clever style and you're still left with a rousing picaresque of life's beautiful-sad ironies.
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David Denby
New Yorker
August 25, 2008
Jiří Menzel's I Served the King of England is a Czech national epic served up with champagne and truffles.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 18, 2008
Why can't Americans make comedies as playful but serious as Jiri Menzel's I Served the King of England?
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Eddie Cockrell
Variety
July 14, 2007
Story has been shrewdly yet passionately shaped for the screen.