All the King's Men Reviews

February 16, 2019
Strong stuff, aided by great photography.
February 20, 2015
It is one of the most vital and honest films to come out of Hollywood in a long time.
February 20, 2015
Its political commentary is certainly blunt, but it's also a dynamic character drama full of excellent acting.
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.
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.
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.
September 9, 2010
Details the rise and fall of a Southern politician
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.
August 16, 2007
A fine adaptation of Robert Penn Warren's Pulitzer novel.
May 15, 2007
Smart, fascinating and horrifying, All the King's Men is an example of late 1940s filmmaking at its best.
March 7, 2007
A savage indictment of the system.
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.
December 12, 2006
Today, its realism seems bland, its moralizing forced.
October 31, 2006
Broderick Crawford gives an outstanding performance as the corrupt politician Willie Stark.
September 25, 2006
It's inspired by the career of populist Louisiana governor (1928-32) and Democratic U.S. Senator (1932-35) Huey Long.
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.
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.
October 10, 2005
July 22, 2005