King Lear


King Lear

Critics Consensus

Led by dual mesmerizing performances from Sir Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson and rounded out by a solidly stocked ensemble, this King Lear is a highly watchable adaptation.



Total Count: 19


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User Ratings: 95
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The 80-year-old King Lear divides his kingdom among his daughters, Goneril, Regan and Cordelia, according to their affection for him. Cordelia refuses to flatter him, so he banishes her. Having acquired power, Goneril and Regan expel their father from their homes. At the same time, Lear's prime minister, Gloucester, is betrayed by his son Edmund and his other son, Edgar, is forced to go into hiding.


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Critic Reviews for King Lear

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (2)

  • The performances hold it together; this play has always been focused on human suffering. Amazon's King Lear is by no means a definitive adaptation of what is arguably the Bard's finest tragedy, but it is a thrilling and entertaining one.

    Oct 1, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    Hanh Nguyen

    Top Critic
  • While the language of Shakespeare can be a challenge for the modern viewer, this "King Lear" is so physical and the acting so expressive that one is never unsure of what is happening, or what devilment.

    Sep 28, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Just because nobody could or should feel this is a definitive King Lear detracts only somewhat from the undeniable joy that comes from even two hours of watching Anthony Hopkins gnash his teeth, wail and go gloriously mad.

    Sep 19, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Now 80 himself, the right age, Hopkins is at home in Lear's skin. Shouty, angry, cruel one moment; vulnerable, tender, loving the next - or at the same time. A mesmerising performance.

    May 29, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Sam Wollaston

    Top Critic
  • Flawed parenting, ingrate children and family estrangement will never not be relevant, and the modern-day dress gave it the feel of a production at ease with itself.

    May 29, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Any Lear with Hopkins is a good Lear, and while this version may be thinner than most, it's still got all the moments one would wish for.

    Jan 31, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for King Lear

  • Oct 14, 2018
    Even with a great cast I think this adaptation falls prey to one of the greatest dangers with "King Lear" . . . getting lost in the plot when its the characters and their own little misadventures that should be the real focus. If the Fool isn't memorable, you've gone astray.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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