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All the King's Men Reviews

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
December 12, 2006
Today, its realism seems bland, its moralizing forced.
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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.
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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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
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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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.
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
Michael Szymanski
October 12, 2002
The acting is way over-the-top, however, Broderick Crawford is great!
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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-
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
July 27, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Milne
Time Out
August 16, 2007
A fine adaptation of Robert Penn Warren's Pulitzer novel.
David Cornelius
February 23, 2005
It features one of the great performances in movie history.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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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.
Christopher Null
April 11, 2004
Broderick Crawford is no Orson Welles, but this meditation on the underbelly of American politics is at least in the same league as Citizen Kane.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
Goodness me, this movie could not have been more prophetic had Nostradamus himself written it.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
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
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 10, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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