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I Served the King of England Reviews

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 21, 2008
The world it depicts is too dangerous and too lovely to classify.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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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.
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
October 24, 2008
I Served the King of England plays like a combination of Life Is Beautiful and Forrest Gump.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 18, 2008
Tasty enough but inoffensive even when it should offend, provoke, startle.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Bradshaw
October 18, 2008
The pseudo-sensuality is annoying and the supposed absurdism and satire are flimsy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 18, 2008
[A] delightful, lighthearted satire, a quirky story of fantasy, wealth and pretty women with exposed nipples.
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
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
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle
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
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
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.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
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
Sarah Boslaugh
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
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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
Graham Killeen
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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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