King Lear 2018

King Lear

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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.

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King Lear divides his kingdom among his three daughters -- Goneril, Regan and Cordelia. The kingdom and family soon collapse into chaos and warfare as Lear goes mad and tragedy strikes.

Cast & Crew

Jim Broadbent
Earl of Gloucester
Jim Carter
Earl of Kent
Andrew Scott
Edgar
Tobias Menzies
Duke of Cornwall
Anthony Calf
Duke of Albany
Richard Eyre
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Noëlette Buckley
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Colin Callender
Executive Producer
Sonia Friedman
Executive Producer
Scott Huff
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Lucy Richer
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Critic Reviews for King Lear

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (2)

  • Yet the film is such a cracking good entertainment I barely even noticed that its world makes no sense.

    November 26, 2019 | Full Review…

    Isaac Butler

    Slate
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  • It's as political a production as it needs to be, and at its best, it feels as current and as timeless as a nightmare.

    November 26, 2019 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    October 2, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    Hanh Nguyen

    indieWire
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  • 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.

    September 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.

    September 20, 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

    Guardian
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  • 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.
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