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Kings has good intentions, a talented cast, and the basis for an incredible fact-based story; unfortunately, they don't amount to much more than a missed opportunity.



Total Count: 38


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KINGS stars Oscar winner Halle Berry and Daniel Craig as citizens of the same South Central Los Angeles neighborhood set against a backdrop of rising racial tensions during the verdict of the Rodney King trial in 1992. In her first English-language film following the critically acclaimed Mustang, writer-director Deniz Gamze Ergüven's KINGS tells a dramatic story of family bonds and the lengths one mother will go to bring her children home. Halle Berry stars as MILLIE, a tough and protective single foster mother of eight who must ally herself with OBIE (Daniel Craig), her neighbor and a local loose cannon, when racial tensions start to run dangerously high. As the civil unrest in Los Angeles grows following the acquittal of four of the officers accused of beating Rodney King, Millie and Obie must navigate the chaos that surrounds them in order to ensure her children's safety. KINGS focuses on the fragility of family relationships and touches on turmoil and tensions of the past, which sadly prove to be more relevant than ever in today's social and political climate.


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Critic Reviews for Kings

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  • This dud recreation of the 1992 L.A. riots traps Halle Berry and Daniel Craig and a piece of momentous, civil-rights history in a crazyquilt of random action, absurdist humor, bogus romance and questionable purpose.

    Apr 28, 2018 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's possible to appreciate the film for recognizing both the horror and the absurdity in its subjects...and for playing exclusively in those extreme registers, yet still come to the conclusion that it's is all bark, no bite.

    Apr 27, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • Kings is clueless about its subject matter.

    Apr 27, 2018 | Rating: .5/4 | Full Review…
  • It seems like a missed opportunity to dramatize the lives of real people caught up in the aftermath of the violence.

    Apr 26, 2018 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • The English-language debut from the brilliant talent behind best foreign film picture nominee Mustang is a terribly uneven, borderline absurdist jumble that undercuts its own message again and again.

    Apr 26, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • In tying its story to this particular moment in American history, the movie bites off more than it can coherently chew.

    Apr 26, 2018 | Full Review…

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  • Apr 30, 2018
    Overwhelming! Great performances and a view into a life like I'm never exposed to. It helped me have a bit of perspective.
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