King of the Hill - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

King of the Hill Reviews

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
March 20, 2014
one of Soderbergh's best films: a painterly, thoughtful, and subtly emotional portrait of preadolescent coming of age in dire circumstances
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
March 6, 2014
It all seemed like an oddly straightforward ... choice for Soderbergh at the time, but he has proven since then that his lateral range is almost immeasurable.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Noel Murray
The Dissolve
February 24, 2014
King Of The Hill balances an incident-packed script with muted tones, painting a rich, absorbing picture of one boy's struggle to live by his wits.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
February 19, 2014
To revisit King of the Hill—or to discover it—is to realize how seldom American cinema deems it worthwhile to tell a child's story with anything approaching serious psychological intent. [Criterion Blu-ray/DVD]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 25, 2012
Tenderly directed and written by Steven Soderbergh.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
April 20, 2007
Early Soderbergh family drama is excellent.
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
December 19, 2006
This dark, poetic movie is intended as a tribute to the resilient spirit of many Jewish families that had fallen on hard times; Aaron and his survival instincts recall the young protagonists of Mark Twain and Charles Dickens.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Clint Morris
March 31, 2005
Bradford gives a memorable performance
| Original Score: 3/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
The film does a lovely job of juxtaposing the sharp contrasts in Aaron's life, and in marveling at the fact that he survives as buoyantly as he does.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
June 11, 2004
Soderbergh's most underrated film and easily his most affecting.
| Original Score: 5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 20, 2002
Affirms imagination as a character attribute that helps a resilient adolecent to survive in hard times.
David Poland
Hot Button
July 26, 2002
One of Soderbergh's Very Best
| Original Score: 5/5
Stephen Farber
January 9, 2002
King of the Hill proves that sex, lies, and videotape was no fluke. In fact, this movie is so good that it made me want to take another look at Kafka.
May 12, 2001
As stories of hope and spirit go, this is a subtle marvel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
A remarkable odyssey about a resilient young hero who uses both his imagination and his sense of reality to survive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
With the kind of material you'd never dream of associating with him, Soderbergh has made his best film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Richard Harrington
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The slow-paced King of the Hill is a feel-good fable in which it's difficult to work up any worry over a boy with clearly unsinkable spirits.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
It's his best work by far.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Carefully filled out with small, polished character performances, Soderbergh's film is a lyrical piece of well-crafted passion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Soderbergh brings them together as a whole with wit and intelligence, a wry sense of humor and some excellent performances.
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