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All The King's Men Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
December 28, 2010
There's a good movie in here somewhere but Zaillian's muddied storytelling and lack of focus hides it beyond recall.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Jason Zingale
September 23, 2006
The actors are all horribly miscast -- including Sean Penn and Jude Law, who, despite their great performances, have no business playing these characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 22, 2006
It's hard to believe that so many good actors can be put to such poor use.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 22, 2006
All the King's Men is the noblest kind of film failure -- high-minded, literary, cautionary, well-cast and pretty well-acted.
| Original Score: 3/5
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
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James Berardinelli
September 20, 2006
Those familiar with the novel will undoubtedly agree that reading it is a more satisfying experience than watching this disappointing film. One expects more -- much more, in fact -- with cast of this caliber.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
September 22, 2006
No use getting sore that one art form trumps another. It's not the first time an outstanding book became a ponderous film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
September 21, 2006
If ever there was a wrong man for the job of committing to film this Democrat idealist and thug, it's the fastidious Steven Zaillian.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 21, 2006
Watching scene after scene linger and expire in this haplessly faithful version of the 1946 Robert Penn Warren novel, it's impossible to tell what compelled adapter-director Steven Zaillian to address the material in the first place.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 21, 2006
In the end this murky remake functions mainly as a plain-wrapper setting for a fancy piece of acting that gets lost in a void. Who needs it? Who needed it in the first place?
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
September 21, 2006
Stark will start a speech in front of a few people, then throngs scamper in after he finishes his first sentence. By the end of his speeches he gets the crowd to chant catch-phrases. Willie Stark totally could have hosted "TRL."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009
Static and dreary, drained of juice and drenched in "respectable" lighting
James Rocchi
September 22, 2006
The problem with ... All the King's Men is that it's a political movie where we never really get a sense of politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
September 22, 2006
It's too full of itself; it's too convinced of its own value to be much of any to audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 13, 2006
One suspects, however, that Zaillian and a vast team of producers and executive producers that includes political consultant and pundit James Carville believe they are making a serious commentary on American politics. It comes closer to kitsch.
Edward Douglas
September 21, 2006
I'd pay good money to get a shorter, more coherent version of this movie ... preferably with sub-titles.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
September 22, 2006
All the King's Men is miscast. The soundtrack is awful. The storyline is confusing. The cinematography is too slick and pretty, when we should be bathed in a sultry, sweaty, sticky, gritty atmosphere.
| Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 21, 2006
You sense this could be a good movie and that the people involved were the right people but that they have come up way short.
Janet Smith
Georgia Straight
September 29, 2006
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