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I Served the King of England Reviews

November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 16, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 13, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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 18, 2008
Tasty enough but inoffensive even when it should offend, provoke, startle.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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 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
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 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 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
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 2, 2008
I Served the King of England may not be a totally riveting movie, but it is, in its gently insinuating way, a curiously rewarding one.
August 29, 2008
You are swept away by the beauty of individual moments and by Barnev's extraordinary performance, which beautifully serves I Served the King of England.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 29, 2008
An elegant, ironic fable with literary origins (a novel by Bohumil Hrabal) that belongs to a distinctive middle-European artistic tradition with a puckish spirit that sometimes seems sweet and at other times ruthless.
August 29, 2008
Charming to the max, Served unfolds in Czechoslovakia when it was ruled by the Germans and, later, the Soviets.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 29, 2008
A film as unique as this is a gift that shouldn't be ignored. And if Menzel once again finds the audience he deserves, we won't have to wait years for another.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
August 29, 2008
There is hardly a moment in this new film in which you are not aware that its absurdist view of the human condition was shaped by traumatic 20th-century events.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
August 29, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 28, 2008
Forty years after his breakthrough, Menzel has returned with I Served The King Of England, and it's like he never left.
Read More | Original Score: B+
August 27, 2008
I Served the King of England ends up a curious combination of raunchy merriment and malignant undercurrents.
August 27, 2008
Do away with the clever style and you're still left with a rousing picaresque of life's beautiful-sad ironies.
August 25, 2008
Jiří Menzel's I Served the King of England is a Czech national epic served up with champagne and truffles.
August 18, 2008
Why can't Americans make comedies as playful but serious as Jiri Menzel's I Served the King of England?
July 14, 2007
Story has been shrewdly yet passionately shaped for the screen.