The King Reviews

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
June 13, 2008
The degree to which this film is unsettling is testimony to the strength of the acting and direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
May 3, 2007
Red States' worst nightmare rules on screen.
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Good work that, with a little more effort, could have been so much better.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 19, 2007
This movie creeped me out big time.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 7, 2006
An undemanding morality tale set in the Bible Belt.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
October 17, 2006
The filmmakers' stoicism finally proves insurmountable and indefatigable
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today
September 25, 2006
I'm all in favor of warts-and-all depictions of Christians, but the closer you look, the more you realize that warts are all this film has to offer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine
September 22, 2006
A Southwestern American pastoral of dormant menace, The King is a film of triple-dipped mood that turns on an act of shocking violence, but still seems to substitute willful indistinctness for insight.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
September 6, 2006
"The King" actually moves you, particularly because it has outstanding actors like William Hurt and Gael Garcia Bernal giving haunting, complex performances.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
August 25, 2006
This film wastes the talents of the entire cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
August 11, 2006
Programmed by the fatalistic filmmakers toward a cruel outcome, but the actors make it convincing...
| Original Score: 3/4
Michele Kenner
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
July 28, 2006
Both Hurt and Bernal drift through their performances, leaving the audience as unfulfilled as an empty collection plate.
| Original Score: 2/4
Brian Clark
Austin Chronicle
July 15, 2006
The many possible ways to read the film might be more fruitful if Marsh's direction was more assured.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Mike Russell
July 7, 2006
Marsh has a knack for setting up twisted situations, and he nicely counterbalances the horror by filming everything in a straightforward, muted style.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
July 7, 2006
The real acting sparks are generated by Hurt, delivering an absolutely sincere performance as a reformed sinner basking in God's love.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Michael Booth
Denver Post
July 7, 2006
A showcase for big ideas that winds up feeling empty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Cynthia Fuchs
June 24, 2006
While Elvis' briefly startled face isn't precisely legible, your reading is pretty much ordained.
Peter Sobczynski
June 24, 2006
So wildly and absurdly melodramatic in every way, shape and form that many viewers will be unable to decide whether it is a flat-out masterpiece or the most lurid piece of junk that they have ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The King suffers from an overbearing sense of its own self-importance.
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
June 24, 2006
Offers a fascinating consideration of religion and religiosity, sin and revenge, and the ultimate question for Christians: Can evil be forgiven?
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