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I Served the King of England Reviews

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October 18, 2008
Tasty enough but inoffensive even when it should offend, provoke, startle.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 25, 2008
Dite's limited awakening is neither tragedy nor the kind of bitter, fatalistic farce seen in Lina Wertmuller's Seven Beauties.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
June 9, 2008
By the time it crosses the finish line the film has nearly stopped dead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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 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
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 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 1, 2008
Slower than a glacier, despite prolific female nudity, this is a waste of two perfectly good hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
September 12, 2008
While the movie ebbs and flows to currents that are distinctly one of kind, the waves they ultimately make didn't move me to any sort of emotional release one way or the other.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 5, 2008
The deft physical comedy is a pleasure, though the leering chauvinism becomes more embarrassing as the movie progresses.
August 29, 2008
The new film is so leisurely paced and overly long that what means to be at once charming yet darkly satirical lapses into tedium and barely comes alive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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 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 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
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 18, 2008
The pseudo-sensuality is annoying and the supposed absurdism and satire are flimsy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 13, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 5, 2008
It's a film filled with wicked satire and sex both joyful and pitiful.
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.
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