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The Kingdom (2007)



Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 182
Fresh: 92 | Rotten: 90

While providing several top-notch action scenes, The Kingdom ultimately collapses under the weight of formula and muddled politics.


Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 47
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 27

While providing several top-notch action scenes, The Kingdom ultimately collapses under the weight of formula and muddled politics.



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In the aftermath of a deadly attack on American forces in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, diplomats are slow to act, but meanwhile, FBI special agent Ronald Fleury (Jamie Foxx) assembles a secret team of U.S. counter-terrorism investigators to enter the city and find the criminal behind what has quickly become an international incident. The crew, however, finds their attempt to capture the perpetrators stalled by bureaucracy and their presence unwelcome. Desperate to gain the trust they need to accomplish

Dec 23, 2007


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All Critics (187) | Top Critics (48) | Fresh (92) | Rotten (90) | DVD (26)

The Kingdom works as an exotic action thriller, but its politics are so choked on checks and balances it cancels itself out.

November 30, 2007 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)
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When it's got the pedal to the metal, which is a substantial fraction of the running time, The Kingdom delivers the goods.

October 7, 2007 Full Review Source:
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Sensationally directed by Peter Berg.

October 6, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture
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A terrifically stupid film. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

October 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Everything moves so much and so fast that the movie seems both gutsy and brainy. But the main strategy is to keep viewers' pulses racing so they concentrate on the action, not the message.

October 2, 2007 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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One could say [director Peter Berg] shoots first and asks questions later, if at all.

October 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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There's no real difference between choreographing a bloody jihadist skirmish and a gridiron match

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

A good deal more Transformers than Syriana, a movie that drapes a crisp, lightly browsed copy of The Economist over an enormous pubescent boner for grinding metal, busted glass, and crackling gunfire.

August 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Reverse Shot
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izgubljen u bespu%u0107ima bliskoisto%u010Dne zbiljnosti

July 15, 2009 Full Review Source:

[I]t fails in its attempt to be a serious drama with important things to say about the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East.

May 1, 2008 Full Review Source: MSNBC

...Jamie Foxx leading his team of experts into uncharted territory, which then leads to the longest, best action sequence of the year.

March 3, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

Of this fall's post-9/11, Iraq-conscious lineup, The Kingdom may be the most unobjectionable, accessible and, ultimately, most entertaining.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Colorado Springs Gazette
Colorado Springs Gazette

The Kingdom unapologetically shows U.S. agents knocking off terrorists.

January 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

Treats world history as a sports arena where the US has the home-team advantage, because America considers the entire world its private property. Which leaves a fairly loaded question: whose kingdom? Time to declare theaters demilitarized zones.

December 27, 2007 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Comments (2)

Funciona bem como divertimento escapista, mas temo que não era exatamente isso que o diretor e o roteirista tinham em mente quando realizaram o filme.

November 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Basically, The Kingdom is a simple whodunit in political thriller drag that starts a little slow and ends a little weakly.

November 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinerina | Comment (1)

There's exceedingly little within The Kingdom that's been designed to capture (and hold) the viewer's interest...

November 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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The film's American heroes are depicted as pig-headed, offensive bullies who claim the moral high ground but in the end can solve their problems only with guns and car chases.

November 7, 2007 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

It's more like an action movie, a very well-made one, that has a subscription to Newsweek.

October 26, 2007 Full Review
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

The Kingdom isn't trying to be a smart political thriller, but rather a compelling action film with some intelligence. And to that end it succeeds.

October 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Resembles Team America: World Police. It has better-looking puppets (but) suffers the same amount of string pulling.

October 21, 2007

The real star is Berg, who with his fairly short list of directing credits has proven to be one of the more reliable and versatile talents working behind the camera today.

October 21, 2007 Full Review Source:

It's a frenetic, often incomprehensible film, full of rapid cutting, giant close-ups and muttered dialogue.

October 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Everyone knows that assaults on cherished American symbols never end well for the assailants.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: PopMatters

The Kingdom is topical, but remove the setting, and you're left with a relatively brain-dead thriller.

October 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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Audience Reviews for The Kingdom

Following a deadly attack on American forces in Riyadh, Saudia Arabia, a group of elite FBI forces are dispatched to investigate the case, and take care of the perpetrators along with help from their Saudi counterparts.

Due to bureaucratic red tape and a delicate political situation, the team have only a few days to accomplish their mission. To add to the tension, the Americans aren't exactly welcome, they had to manipulate their way into the case, and they have to operate in a strange environment with customs and a culture pretty different from their own.

This is a pretty ambitious film. It tries to be a heavy political drama, investigative/procedural thriller, and a slam bang action film all in one. Somehow it manages to be all of these. It starts out as trying to be like Syriana then turns into a thrilling actioner, but I was okay with this.

The film is decently paced, adds a bit of depth and proves to be quite suspenseful, thrilling, and entertaining. I think what also helps is that the film isn't overtly one sided in its politics, and avoids being a propaganda piece. And, while Al-Qaeda are the villains, the film manages to be fairly sensible in its portrayal of Arabs, featuring some sensible and fairly realistic characters.

We get an all star cast here, with the main team being played by Jaime Foxx, Chris Cooper, Jennifer Garner, and Jason Bateman. They all seem to have decent chemistry with one another, and pull off some fine performances. Filling out supporting roles we get the likes of Jeremy Piven, Kyle Chandler, Danny Huston, and Richard Jenkins. These people likewise do a decent job, though the main focus is on the main FBI team as well as their Arab counterparts. I'm not familiar with any of the Arab performers, but they're also pretty good.

The film really changes pace when it turns into a series of spectacle driven action set pieces, but I thought it was cool. The freeway scene is well done, quite suspenseful, and pretty neat since it's a rare chance to see a Hollywood style car chase/crash through Riyadh. The apartment shootout is also pretty gripping.

All in all, this is an interesting, fun, and mildly brainy action movie that I think is definitely worth your time.
September 11, 2013
Chris Weber

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An empty movie with a message that delivers with nothing backing it up except for one shocking scene. However, the action scenes in this movie are top-notch.
March 10, 2012
Albert Kim

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This is a good well made film but its one hot potatoe, almost all of it is just talking and FBI proceedures...very dull, but the last 20mins is fast gun filled action, which is very cool but totally Hollywood.

The problem is the film is like a computer game and brainwashes viewers into thinking all Middle Eastern people are bomb making terrorists. The main characters in the end go around shooting anything wearing a shroud, more than once, and making it very clear its god bless America and the US are invincible stomping machines. The film actually makes you want the heroes to kill muslims...not good, its very clear who the goodies are here, a very incorrect film at its source.
February 8, 2012

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