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All the King's Men Reviews

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Top Critic
Kate Cameron
New York Daily News
February 20, 2015
It is one of the most vital and honest films to come out of Hollywood in a long time.
Witney Seibold
February 20, 2015
Its political commentary is certainly blunt, but it's also a dynamic character drama full of excellent acting.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 18, 2014
A one-note actor, Crawford landed the role of a lifetime and makes the most of it, even if there isn't much variation in his eventual change from the earnest Stark to the evil Stark. Far better are John Ireland and especially Mercedes McCambridge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tony Sloman
Radio Times
January 28, 2014
A blistering and still powerful political drama that deservedly won the best picture Oscar, with the best actor award going to gruff Broderick Crawford in the performance of a lifetime as Willie Stark.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
February 19, 2013
A poisonous political process from our not-so-distant past dominates Robert Rossen's classic film about the rise of a Southern demagogue.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
September 9, 2010
Details the rise and fall of a Southern politician
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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William Brogdon
February 19, 2008
It is a film that vividly impresses, with dramatic sureness the chicanery of politics as have been practiced in the past and may crop up again.

February 19, 2008
The rather heavy-handed movie, which also gained the Best Picture Oscar, benefited from bull-necked Crawford's hard-hitting performance and the effective blend of location photography and studio work.
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Tom Milne
Time Out
August 16, 2007
A fine adaptation of Robert Penn Warren's Pulitzer novel.
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
May 15, 2007
Smart, fascinating and horrifying, All the King's Men is an example of late 1940s filmmaking at its best.
| Original Score: 84/100
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
March 7, 2007
A savage indictment of the system.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
January 17, 2007
While [Crawford's] full-bodied performance still holds up nearly six decades later, the rest of Robert Rossen's Best Picture winner has lost a good deal of its fierce luster.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
October 31, 2006
Broderick Crawford gives an outstanding performance as the corrupt politician Willie Stark.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 25, 2006
It's inspired by the career of populist Louisiana governor (1928-32) and Democratic U.S. Senator (1932-35) Huey Long.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
September 24, 2006
Stark is a work of art; a walking id whose momentum surges like the adrenaline that busts through his veins as he delivers his fist-pumping speeches.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
September 21, 2006
Not only has this movie stood the test of time, but its content is as uncomfortable and relevant today as it was the day the film premiered.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 10, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
July 22, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
July 22, 2005
Based on the Pulitzer-prize winning novel, Robert Rossen's film is a grimly realistic study of the corrutive nature of personal and poltical power via the tumultuous career of Senator Hughey Stark.
| Original Score: A
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
June 15, 2005
A classic tale of power corrupting absolutely
| Original Score: 5/5
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