• Unrated, 1 hr. 57 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Don Boyd
    In Theaters:
    Dec 6, 2002 Limited
  • Primary Pictures

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My Kingdom Reviews

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Wally Hammond
Time Out
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Neither an effective gangland thriller nor an achieved elegy for a lord undone.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review

The film lost me, and the sad twists of unrealistic mumbo jumbo crescendoing into pure mayhem ruined what could have been a thespian delight.

Full Review Source: Blunt Review | Original Score: 2/4

December 6, 2002
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

The plot is very clever, but Boyd weighs it down with too many characters and events, all intertwined and far too complicated to keep track of.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 2/5

November 6, 2002
Rich Cline
Film Threat

We spend so much time trying desperately to get everything straight in our minds that the raw punch of the material passes us by.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 2/5

December 6, 2005
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Would get no love were it not for Harris' powerful performance.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

February 12, 2006
Mike Clark
USA Today
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Whereas last year's exemplary Sexy Beast seemed to revitalize the British gangster movie, this equally brutal outing merely sustains it.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 5, 2002
Darrin Keene
Film Threat

Suffice it to say that Shakespeare's sudden and violent ending doesn't translate well into a British crime drama.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 1.5/5

December 6, 2005
Dan Fienberg
L.A. Weekly
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A baffling subplot involving smuggling drugs inside Danish cows falls flat, and if you're going to alter the Bard's ending, you'd better have a good alternative.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

December 5, 2002
Neil Smith
BBC.com

Boyd's screenplay (co-written with Guardian hack Nick Davies) has a florid turn of phrase that owes more to Guy Ritchie than the Bard of Avon.

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 2/5

November 6, 2002
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

This ponderous, heavy-handed version of King Lear almost makes me think it's best left to the Americans.

Full Review Source: Guardian

November 19, 2002
Susan Green
Boxoffice Magazine

Without Shakespeare's eloquent language, the update is dreary and sluggish.

| Original Score: 1/5

December 6, 2002
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News

Watching Harris ham it up while physically and emotionally disintegrating over the course of the movie has a certain poignancy in light of his recent death, but Boyd's film offers little else of consequence.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

December 6, 2002
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

| Original Score: 2/5

July 24, 2005
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Harris commands the screen, using his frailty to suggest the ravages of a life of corruption and ruthlessness.

December 5, 2002
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com

Harris's performance is one for the ages, but the others are also up to his mark.

Full Review Source: tonymedley.com | Original Score: 7/10

October 7, 2004
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

A fun retelling of the Lear story, taking great liberties with the play's text that makes for a certain amount of suspense even for those intimately familiar with the original.

Full Review Source: Film Scouts | Original Score: A-

June 21, 2007

Leading man Harris and director Boyd are still capable of invigorating British cinema with style and flair.

Full Review Source: Film4

July 6, 2008
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Gaunt, silver-haired and leonine, [Harris] brings a tragic dimension and savage full-bodied wit and cunning to the aging Sandeman.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 5, 2002
Derek Elley
Variety
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Richard Harris is at his weariest, battle-scarred best...

Full Review Source: Variety

July 6, 2008

E! Online

The cast reigns supreme, especially Harris, whose regal presence as the aging emperor of gangland grounds the story even as it suffers from narrative overload.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: B-

December 6, 2002
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
September 6, 2011

New York Times
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September 9, 2011
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