All The King's Men Reviews

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February 14, 2021
The writer-director has taken a drama about the rise of a radical-populist ... and planted it in the soil of the early 1950s. There isn't an obvious problem with this, except that it makes no sense whatsoever.
November 15, 2020
Occasionally, the dialogue exudes intelligence, but it's delivered with a perpetual drabness and spiritlessness by a cast that seems genuinely bored in their involvement.
May 12, 2020
All the King's Men makes me fear not for the Republic, but for the future of political movies. I can imagine a similarly misguided stab at bringing Harvey Milk to the screen.
November 3, 2018
Penn... [fails] to give Stark enough charisma to convince as a vote-winning stalwart. Thus, the transformation of Stark hardly registers.
December 28, 2010
There's a good movie in here somewhere but Zaillian's muddied storytelling and lack of focus hides it beyond recall.
July 6, 2010
All the King's Men is a dull movie, mainly due to the fact that it is full of boring characters which are poorly written by writer/director Steven Zaillian and led by an underwhelming Jude Law.
August 30, 2009
Static and dreary, drained of juice and drenched in "respectable" lighting
April 15, 2009
"All the King's Men" is a grand scale embarrassment.
September 6, 2008
Mesmo que não o comparemos ao clássico de 49, este filme constrange pelo roteiro confuso, pela montagem artificial, pelas atuações decepcionantes e pela trilha excessiva, salvando-se apenas a bela fotografia.
February 28, 2008
...a lush melodrama about the corruptibility of us all.
June 21, 2007
A "shouty" film... a bit too long, a bit heavy handed with the rhetoric.
April 29, 2007
Leaves out too much of the story to really work. Why are these people doing what they're doing? If I hadn't seen the 1949 version first, I would not have known.
February 22, 2007
As much an old-fashioned potboiler as it is a political morality tale.
December 30, 2006
It's beautifully shot, acted and designed, but there's little cohesion in the story.
December 2, 2006
We have a series of beautiful threads weaved together in such haphazard fashion that, despite their potential, form a surprisingly ugly quilt.
October 30, 2006
What should have been an incisive study of the American political scene turns out a lumbering celluloid white elephant.
October 28, 2006
Penn is terrific and the production values are impressive, but All the King's Men gets lost in a poorly-structured, overly complicated plot that fails to engage.
October 28, 2006
A Louisiana swamp of overacting and muddled plotlines sinks this cumbersome new version of Robert Penn Warren's political thriller.
October 26, 2006
The film isn't dreadful: it is just generally disappointing.
October 24, 2006
It's a typical politician's tale -- all talk and no action.
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