Reviews

  • Jun 14, 2020

    A rather boring mystery movie involving characters that you really don't end up caring about. Very shallow character development, based primarily on stereotypes and cliche ideas about rich kids and small towns. The mystery itself is not interesting enough to carry the movie, and it certainly does not develop into anything remotely entertaining. Then, there is the ridiculous love interests the just drown any potential for the movie.

    A rather boring mystery movie involving characters that you really don't end up caring about. Very shallow character development, based primarily on stereotypes and cliche ideas about rich kids and small towns. The mystery itself is not interesting enough to carry the movie, and it certainly does not develop into anything remotely entertaining. Then, there is the ridiculous love interests the just drown any potential for the movie.

  • Jul 01, 2019

    Cliche melodrama that thinks American boarding schools are mean and nasty like British ones. Made worse by trying to have a bunch of adults play teenagers. First time I've seen Ed Burns give a bad performance (brought down by the script, no doubt) Nothing remotely suspenseful nor sexy about it.

    Cliche melodrama that thinks American boarding schools are mean and nasty like British ones. Made worse by trying to have a bunch of adults play teenagers. First time I've seen Ed Burns give a bad performance (brought down by the script, no doubt) Nothing remotely suspenseful nor sexy about it.

  • Apr 21, 2019

    Multi-layered story handled very well by both the screenwriter & the director; beautifully shot with a haunting score; everyone is extremely well-cast & offers thoroughly nuanced performances, although the romance felt tacked-on.

    Multi-layered story handled very well by both the screenwriter & the director; beautifully shot with a haunting score; everyone is extremely well-cast & offers thoroughly nuanced performances, although the romance felt tacked-on.

  • Mar 14, 2019

    Seen this plot, spoiled students, righteous prep school, local officials on the take... A real snoozer. ð~?

    Seen this plot, spoiled students, righteous prep school, local officials on the take... A real snoozer. ð~?

  • Aug 23, 2015

    There is some thrills in this thriller but mainly at the begining.....after it's a snoozefest.

    There is some thrills in this thriller but mainly at the begining.....after it's a snoozefest.

  • Jul 18, 2014

    Thoughtful, engaging character study wrapped in a pretty solid mystery story. Nice cinematography and score, and the cast is excellent.

    Thoughtful, engaging character study wrapped in a pretty solid mystery story. Nice cinematography and score, and the cast is excellent.

  • Nov 17, 2013

    I found it dragging a bit, but still watchable.

    I found it dragging a bit, but still watchable.

  • Oct 27, 2012

    It's a sweet story about this boy who is founded dead in the forrest river near by the Haddan, a boarding school. The policeman Abel is alone by trying to figure out the truth about how the boy died; was it suicide, a murder or a tragedy? the movie has it's mystery and it's very unique..

    It's a sweet story about this boy who is founded dead in the forrest river near by the Haddan, a boarding school. The policeman Abel is alone by trying to figure out the truth about how the boy died; was it suicide, a murder or a tragedy? the movie has it's mystery and it's very unique..

  • Sep 16, 2012

    Well made movie, typically good performance from Burns, and good subject matter.

    Well made movie, typically good performance from Burns, and good subject matter.

  • Alex r Super Reviewer
    Nov 24, 2011

    An interesting mystery with a good cast, The River King though has a good story, at times it leaves a lot to be desired and the scripts limitations doesn't make this film great like it's supposed to. The film is entertaining, and the story is engaging, but the film could also have been a lot better. As a whole, The River King is a good film that has a concept for a story, and for most of the film, it's engaging, and entertaining. However there are things that could have been done better. Luckily the cast keep this film from being awful, and the performances here save this film from being a dud. If you enjoy an average mystery film, then this is a good film to watch, but if you're expecting something elaborate, you won't find it here. There are some good ideas at work here, but they never quite get off the ground. Edward Burns delivers a good performance as the cop investigating the suicide of a student at a prep school. Though not a perfect film, The River King has enough good elements to make it an entertaining, if somewhat uneven. I enjoyed the film that it was a good little film, but also thought there was room for improvement. If you enjoy average mystery films, then The River King is the film to see. Entertaining, but flawed. The performances at least were worthwhile. Overall The River King is a good film, but could have been done better, but at least there are far worst films out there.

    An interesting mystery with a good cast, The River King though has a good story, at times it leaves a lot to be desired and the scripts limitations doesn't make this film great like it's supposed to. The film is entertaining, and the story is engaging, but the film could also have been a lot better. As a whole, The River King is a good film that has a concept for a story, and for most of the film, it's engaging, and entertaining. However there are things that could have been done better. Luckily the cast keep this film from being awful, and the performances here save this film from being a dud. If you enjoy an average mystery film, then this is a good film to watch, but if you're expecting something elaborate, you won't find it here. There are some good ideas at work here, but they never quite get off the ground. Edward Burns delivers a good performance as the cop investigating the suicide of a student at a prep school. Though not a perfect film, The River King has enough good elements to make it an entertaining, if somewhat uneven. I enjoyed the film that it was a good little film, but also thought there was room for improvement. If you enjoy average mystery films, then The River King is the film to see. Entertaining, but flawed. The performances at least were worthwhile. Overall The River King is a good film, but could have been done better, but at least there are far worst films out there.