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I Served the King of England Reviews

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September 17, 2008
The minor protocols and major assaults of the characters are fused, paradoxically, by a truly lyrical talent.
September 12, 2008
An extravagant, visually stunning feast of sensory delights, Jiri Menzel's winsome comedy, set in World War II-era Prague, pirouettes along a beguiling but treacherous line between horror and whimsy.
September 12, 2008
In the end it's those amazing, nutty set pieces, coolly guided by the veteran director, that make it all worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 12, 2008
Though the pervasive air of light-hearted irony sometimes feels incongruous, the movie is never slow or dull, thanks to a playful series of slo-mo fantasy sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 12, 2008
The movie's main appeal is its special comic flavor -- a zesty fusion of picaresque adventure, absurdist whimsy and Chaplinesque grace.
September 12, 2008
Using the absurd Díte to indict ambition, passivity, and willful ignorance, "I Served the King of England" is a familiar sort of comedy, equal parts farcical and musical.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
September 11, 2008
Barnev gives a deftly Chaplinesque performance...but Díte never really finds any meaning or lessons in the choices he made, and neither will the audience.
September 11, 2008
This episodic, picaresque film is one delightful surprise after another, a complete joy to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
September 11, 2008
A brilliant, witty and profound tragicomedy that reflects on recent Czech history with a highly imaginative, darkly humorous and strongly sensual tone.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 10, 2008
Czech director Jirí Menzel casts a wide net in this fanciful tale of life, love and the relentless march of time.
| Original Score: 3/4
September 9, 2008
The movie is far too slow-moving, and young Jan's trysts with the beautiful women become repetitive.
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September 9, 2008
Czech writer/director Jiri Menzel, in an effort to maintain a lighter spirit to the movie, tends to gloss over many of the atrocities committed during this time.
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September 5, 2008
The film's whirl of history can be a bit vague at times, but that's a forgivable fault when your senses are so delightfully overwhelmed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 5, 2008
A young man's plans to become a hotel magnate are thwarted by the fickle finger of history in this comical eulogy for Czechoslovakia.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 5, 2008
With equal parts ribaldry and revelry, Menzel tells the story of the manchild who rises from street vendor to waiter to hotelier.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 5, 2008
The moral translates darkly and it translates well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 5, 2008
The deft physical comedy is a pleasure, though the leering chauvinism becomes more embarrassing as the movie progresses.
September 5, 2008
It's a film filled with wicked satire and sex both joyful and pitiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 4, 2008
Surprisingly sexy and delightfully playful, England will do nothing less than revitalize your faith in movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
September 3, 2008
Scoring high for creativity, the story of the fantastic life of urban nomad and unwilling Bolshevik Jan Dite gives us too little to hang on to. This is hard work for a laugh.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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