All The King's Men Reviews

  • Jul 03, 2019

    Truly dreadful, and a complete waste of a decent cast. Don't bother.

    Truly dreadful, and a complete waste of a decent cast. Don't bother.

  • Sep 14, 2018

    West how just bolt Hartley Davitson not AMF all the K ings men

    West how just bolt Hartley Davitson not AMF all the K ings men

  • Dec 08, 2017

    Clever movie. Great acting. It is intense, and educational. As it is based on an element of truth. The characters are fictional, but based loosely on a real person.

    Clever movie. Great acting. It is intense, and educational. As it is based on an element of truth. The characters are fictional, but based loosely on a real person.

  • Aug 31, 2017

    Charismatic Southern politician Willie Stark's (Sean Penn) idealism and good intentions give way to corruption after he becomes governor of Louisiana. Unfortunately for Stark, his right-hand man (Jude Law) retains the same good moral fibre he had when the men both entered the political arena.

    Charismatic Southern politician Willie Stark's (Sean Penn) idealism and good intentions give way to corruption after he becomes governor of Louisiana. Unfortunately for Stark, his right-hand man (Jude Law) retains the same good moral fibre he had when the men both entered the political arena.

  • Jul 29, 2017

    Huey Long was a fascinating character. A natural born orator with a vision of the White House, he was genuine in his belief in the power of the ordinary people. He railed against vested interests and corruption only to fall prey to it when in power. He made Louisiana into his fiefdom complete with a Praetorian Guard of jackbooted thugs. He polarised opinions. Had he survived he might have split the vote with FDR and let a Republican in. Pretty much NONE of this makes it into this movie. Our focus should be on Willie Stark, the avatar for Huey Long. Instead the plot continually veers way to a sub-noir plotline featuring Jude Law and his relationship with Kate Winslet. After a rousing start Sean Penn disappears in the second half, with occasional shots of him with a Benny Hill leer at some sleazy clip joint. Given the political meat that could have been chewed on - corruption, power, populism, paranoia - it's just a pity that the only thing chewed is the scenery.

    Huey Long was a fascinating character. A natural born orator with a vision of the White House, he was genuine in his belief in the power of the ordinary people. He railed against vested interests and corruption only to fall prey to it when in power. He made Louisiana into his fiefdom complete with a Praetorian Guard of jackbooted thugs. He polarised opinions. Had he survived he might have split the vote with FDR and let a Republican in. Pretty much NONE of this makes it into this movie. Our focus should be on Willie Stark, the avatar for Huey Long. Instead the plot continually veers way to a sub-noir plotline featuring Jude Law and his relationship with Kate Winslet. After a rousing start Sean Penn disappears in the second half, with occasional shots of him with a Benny Hill leer at some sleazy clip joint. Given the political meat that could have been chewed on - corruption, power, populism, paranoia - it's just a pity that the only thing chewed is the scenery.

  • Jun 26, 2017

    With an ensemble cast including the great Sean Penn and Anthony Hopkins plus a great Robert Penn Warren story you'd expect this to be better. Instead it's clunky and full of largely meaningless diversions and flashbacks. Plot lines are never fully developed and the dark and dreary setting is only exacerbated by bad storytelling.

    With an ensemble cast including the great Sean Penn and Anthony Hopkins plus a great Robert Penn Warren story you'd expect this to be better. Instead it's clunky and full of largely meaningless diversions and flashbacks. Plot lines are never fully developed and the dark and dreary setting is only exacerbated by bad storytelling.

  • Jan 04, 2017

    This movie desperately wants to be good but unfortunately does not succeed. It was a boring and lost my interest during the first act.

    This movie desperately wants to be good but unfortunately does not succeed. It was a boring and lost my interest during the first act.

  • May 11, 2016

    A lot of weaknesses but saved by Penn, Gandolfini, and Hopkins.

    A lot of weaknesses but saved by Penn, Gandolfini, and Hopkins.

  • Sep 17, 2015

    Just a long tedious bore with an over the top(too much so) performance by Penn.

    Just a long tedious bore with an over the top(too much so) performance by Penn.

  • Jul 27, 2015

    What an amzing cast. Too bad they are left to hanging on a slippery rope as they hang themselves. Sean Penn takes the lead, but he is misguided. His performance is way over the top and the film is too unfocused to be very interesting. The original 1949 Oscar winning film is far superior.

    What an amzing cast. Too bad they are left to hanging on a slippery rope as they hang themselves. Sean Penn takes the lead, but he is misguided. His performance is way over the top and the film is too unfocused to be very interesting. The original 1949 Oscar winning film is far superior.