All The King's Men Reviews

February 28, 2008
...a lush melodrama about the corruptibility of us all.
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.
October 24, 2006
It's a typical politician's tale -- all talk and no action.
September 27, 2006
The kind of admirable failure that's worth seeing for what it tries to do -- and for what it sometimes accomplishes.
September 22, 2006
Some will undoubtedly find Penn's ham-boned, spittle-lashing performance a bit much, but it's a pretty close to Warren's original conception.
September 22, 2006
All the King's Men has to settle for being something good that makes you want more (like a six-hour HBO movie). That's not to say it isn't filled with fine performances, clever writing and insights into politics that feel absolutely relevant today.
September 22, 2006
Zaillian does not make things easy for the audience. ... You admire (Stark) for wanting to help the people while at the same time you despise him for his underhanded methods.
September 22, 2006
The fact that it falls short of the greatness it so obviously strives for doesn't mean it isn't a good film.
September 21, 2006
Penn is convincing as a man of complicated fury whose sense of thwarted entitlement on behalf of his community metastasizes through his administration.
September 21, 2006
An intricate, subtly rewarding narrative whose uncompromising nature and undeniable moral seriousness make it far from business as usual, even in the ever-decreasing world of quality Hollywood filmmaking.
September 21, 2006
All the King's Men runs too long and suffers from some big indulgences, but it's not a total disaster, mostly because Sean Penn is so riveting to watch.
September 21, 2006
This new All the King's Men is appropriately novelistic and detailed, bearing all the fruits and trappings of a direct-from-the-book retelling.
September 21, 2006
In its best moments, All the King's Men exhorts us to sit back and reflect on the dark choices we are all capable of making in the name of power.
September 20, 2006
Zaillian has made a flawed but good film that's better than 90 percent of the stuff that gets produced nowadays.
September 20, 2006
All the King's Men is grounded in Huey Long's Louisiana, but the issues the novel so lyrically explores are universal.
September 20, 2006
Flaws of theatricality are everywhere, but I channel my condemnation mostly to what writing excess brings in the way of subject fatigue.
September 18, 2006
Zaillian's movie is much more a reimagining than a remake, and it's much more faithful to the tone of the novel, which is by no means easy to duplicate.