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King David

King David (1985)

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Director Bruce Beresford has safely stayed within the domain of the Bible and not strayed into patches of Hollywood fiction in this routine version of the story of David (Richard Gere). For that reason, anyone unfamiliar with Biblical history might be puzzled by the episodic presentation of David's life. In the opening scenes, Samuel condemns Saul and anoints the young David as his heir, and in fairly quick succession David slays Goliath, incurs Saul's jealous wrath, leaves, and, much later,

Nov 18, 2003

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Though the overall problems may not be of his making, Richard Gere is of little help in the title role. Granted, he could have been truly awful (which he isn't), but he doesn't seem comfortable, either.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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It seems a fundamental error to approach such a gory fantasia as though it were sober, four-square history.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Directed by Bruce Beresford in the worried manner of someone who feels it a triumph just to have gotten all the kings, prophets, soldiers, frond-waving townspeople, horses and donkeys on and off the screen on time.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The film is stuffed with anonymous, identically bearded faces, and it drowns in them.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Little more than a timeline doodle instead of a deep and meaningful portrait.

June 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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What were they thinking?

June 12, 2004
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Why on earth Gere decided to slip into his loincloth and do the samba across the screen is anyone's guess, but it's part of the enduring mystery that is King David.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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This film had its moments. David killing Goliath was fun to watch, Absalom getting caught in the tree was a nice chase scene, and David seeing Bathsheba for the first time was moving (yes there is nudity, but it is tasteful). There were half dozen, or so, other scenes that were interesting to watch as stand alone moments. That being said, the film as a whole was disappointing. The plot was hurried and difficult to follow, the dialogue was mediocre, and there was insufficient character development.
February 7, 2011
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I was bored in this movie, maybe because I didn't care around the end of the film.
December 11, 2007
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