King David

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Bruce Beresford directed this adaptation of the story of David (played as an adult by Richard Gere), the Biblical hero who killed Goliath to become the second monarch of Israel.


Critic Reviews for King David

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (11)

  • Though the overall problems may not be of his making, Richard Gere is of little help in the title role. Granted, he could have been truly awful (which he isn't), but he doesn't seem comfortable, either.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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  • It seems a fundamental error to approach such a gory fantasia as though it were sober, four-square history.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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  • Directed by Bruce Beresford in the worried manner of someone who feels it a triumph just to have gotten all the kings, prophets, soldiers, frond-waving townspeople, horses and donkeys on and off the screen on time.

    May 20, 2003
  • The film is stuffed with anonymous, identically bearded faces, and it drowns in them.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • Little more than a timeline doodle instead of a deep and meaningful portrait.

    Jun 24, 2004 | Rating: 60/100
  • What were they thinking?

    Jun 12, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for King David

  • Feb 07, 2011
    This film had its moments. David killing Goliath was fun to watch, Absalom getting caught in the tree was a nice chase scene, and David seeing Bathsheba for the first time was moving (yes there is nudity, but it is tasteful). There were half dozen, or so, other scenes that were interesting to watch as stand alone moments. That being said, the film as a whole was disappointing. The plot was hurried and difficult to follow, the dialogue was mediocre, and there was insufficient character development.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 11, 2007
    I was bored in this movie, maybe because I didn't care around the end of the film.
    Marion R Super Reviewer
  • Nov 09, 2006
    This is a movie based off the biblical story of David. The film stars Richard Gere as David. He is quite good in this role. The film is well done and the story entertaining. My favorite scene though is the famous David Vs Goliath fight. I also like how they go into David's adult life and his problems as king. Worth at least a one time watch.
    Corey n Super Reviewer

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