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I Served the King of England Reviews

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November 21, 2008
The world it depicts is too dangerous and too lovely to classify.
Full Review | Original Score: A
November 10, 2008
The movie is filled with wonderful moments, set pieces of absurdity, and a richness of humor. But underneath, Menzel and Hraba have a wry and sometimes painful story to tell of the history of their country in the 20th century.
October 24, 2008
I Served the King of England plays like a combination of Life Is Beautiful and Forrest Gump.
| Original Score: 3/4
October 18, 2008
Tasty enough but inoffensive even when it should offend, provoke, startle.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 18, 2008
The pseudo-sensuality is annoying and the supposed absurdism and satire are flimsy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 18, 2008
[A] delightful, lighthearted satire, a quirky story of fantasy, wealth and pretty women with exposed nipples.
October 13, 2008
This inventive, charming picture-perfect picaresque tale of an ambitious young Czech rascal scrambling in the pre-Nazi and wartime eras marks a welcome and victorious return for Jiri Menzel, whose last major conquest was his 1967 Oscar-winning debut, C
October 10, 2008
Amelie meets The Pianist in I Served the King of England, one man's surreal journey through 30 years of Czech history.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 9, 2008
In the end, I Served the King of England is doomed to fail by comparison. Ironically, they are comparisons that the film itself keeps making.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 7, 2008
"I Served the King of England" is like an endless feast, featuring one spectacular course after another. Somehow, you never get so full that you want to push yourself away from the table.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 6, 2008
Celebrates the pleasures of life while acknowledging its tragedy and absurdity... Its attitude might be described as good-natured fatalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 26, 2008
[It's] surrounded by and infused with the potential for meaning but feels like a lark: a bit of nothing whistling past the graveyard of 20th century European history without a thing to do but indulge itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 26, 2008
Working from a novel and script by Bohumil Hrabal, director Jiri Menzel again achieves a seriocomic triumph, as he did with his Oscar-winning 1966 adaptation of Hrabal's Closely Watched Trains.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
September 19, 2008
Most movies of this kind would lead towards redemption of sorts. Menzel prefers quiet introspection to loud conversion, and that's both a strength and weakness of this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 19, 2008
There's a mystical quality to King of England, a political satire that softens its barbs by locating them in the middle of a fable.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 19, 2008
The trouble with I Served the King of England is that it's sometimes bizarre and clever and often visually wonderful, but you never forget that you're watching a movie. And it does go on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 19, 2008
... full appreciation requires both a grasp of European history and an appreciation for stories which have many layers of meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
September 19, 2008
I Served the King of England should be a brilliant picture, one last testament to the intertwined sensibilities of two brave artists. Should be, but isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 18, 2008
Transforming the calamitous past into the springboard for sexy, satirical fantasy, Menzel tells his tale through the experiences of Jan Dite, a waiter fixated on his dream of becoming a hotel owner and millionaire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 18, 2008
I Served the King of England might not suit Charlie Chaplin, were he alive today. But Chaplin's visual gusto complements this precisely timed and profoundly reverent ode to silent cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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