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All The King's Men Reviews

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Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
October 3, 2006
Even the brightest stars lose their shine in a dull sky.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
October 2, 2006
If you're going to fail, you might as well do it big.
| Original Score: 2/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
October 2, 2006
An unmitigated disaster, choked by miscast actors, suffocated by illogical editing and drowned by a choppy script that offers no real sense of period and no clear delineation of its central themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Pete Hammond
October 1, 2006
A fine cast is largely wasted in this brooding remake of 1949's Best Picture Oscar winner.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Cynthia Fuchs
October 1, 2006
Even when he's drinking or delirious, Willie is more appealing than Jack, whose detours into his own gothic background take the movie off rails.
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine
September 30, 2006
A clunky, unconvincing drama that's pretty much stillborn from the outset.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
September 29, 2006
The entire political context becomes skewed to the point of illogic...
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
September 29, 2006
The actors don't spar, but jab and feint into the stale air that comes with such stuffy, fossilized movies as this. Put together again more for new Oscars than new audiences, it's a handsomely shot disaster.
Full Review| Original Score: 1.5/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
September 28, 2006
Gather 'round and marvel at how little Horner and Zaillian think of their leading man.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 28, 2006
Zaillian indulges his actors and himself, wasting time on showboating interludes and pretty pictures that halt rather than drive the narrative.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
September 27, 2006
Zaillian's movie is bloated, literary and highfalutin, looking and sounding like it's been reverently adapted from the kind of novel Willie Stark's hicks would never read into the kind of movie they wouldn't be caught dead going to see.
| Original Score: 1/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 27, 2006
The kind of admirable failure that's worth seeing for what it tries to do -- and for what it sometimes accomplishes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
September 26, 2006
With his Oscar as scepter, there's no stopping Penn, who plays Stark like a pint-sized Humpty Dumpty in suspenders.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Mike Sage
Peterborough This Week
September 26, 2006
I didn't hate every second of All the King's Men. The film is book-ended by two cool bird's eye shots of the Louisiana State crest...Combined, these symbolic images last about 2-3 minutes. I did, however, hate every other second.
Full Review| Original Score: 0.5/5
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
September 25, 2006
Zallian's examination of corruption and wayward idealism of political plight is nothing but a meager melodrama searching for its scandalous sentiments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
David Denby
New Yorker
September 25, 2006
The director can't seem to find a natural rhythm for the movie -- it's portentous and vague at the same time.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
September 24, 2006
...dies from a thousand injudicious cuts, yet it still feels draggy in parts
| Original Score: 76/100
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat
September 23, 2006
Democrats and Republicans alike will likely come together in this case to agree that the film is too slowly paced and meandering to be galvanizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
September 23, 2006
Just skip this awful film.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 23, 2006
It's a slickly produced film that drowns in convoluted plotting and clumsy characterisations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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