One Night With the King - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

One Night With the King Reviews

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Jane Boursaw
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Brave heroine risks it all in biblical epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Willie Waffle
January 31, 2007
a welcome and honorable telling of the Purim story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 13, 2006
The cast is uneven but never amateurish -- Goss may not be much of an actor, but he looks terrific in various states of royal undress; much the same could be said of Yul Brynner -- and the production values are consistently high.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 13, 2006
Esther's triumph isn't because of divine intervention. It's her humanity and bravery that make her a legend, and make that One Night worth remembering, 2,500 years later.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Leydon
October 11, 2006
Blessed with abundant production values and a minimum of campy excess, One Night With the King is a surprisingly satisfying attempt to revive the Old Hollywood tradition of lavishly appointed Biblical epics aimed at mainstream auds.
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Less a celebration than a lively college lecture, with CGI standing in for landscapes, panoramas and a cast of thousands.
David Cornelius
February 13, 2007
The film is an exercise in overblown and overplayed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
December 26, 2006
All the production money in the world isn't going to get this magnificent looking biblical clunker past the critics.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
October 30, 2006
The performances are all solid, although the screenplay frequently bogs down with the complexity of palace intrigues and plots that could have been rendered more consumer-friendly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Dallas Morning News
October 28, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Boston Globe
October 28, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
October 28, 2006
It's that slavish refusal to detour from the most conservative possible interpretation of such events that ultimately makes One Night With the King little more than a dolled-up, oversimplified sermon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dave Tianen
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
October 28, 2006
While Dupont is lovely and sweet, the script leaves her motivations largely open and she's not enough of an actress to fill in the blanks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
October 20, 2006
...visually lavish but dramatically clumsy.
| Original Score: 2/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
October 18, 2006
Don't Christians deserve quality? Of course...but they won't find it here.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/4
Eric Lurio
Entertainment Insiders
October 16, 2006
This is one of those religious epics that looks like a religious epic, which is fine as far as it goes, but misses the mark because it doesn't manage to translate the feel of the original to the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.2/5
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 13, 2006
Director Michael O. Sajbel can't rein in the story convolutions or the pompous dialogue of Stephan Blinn's script.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
October 13, 2006
Why another version of this oft-filmed tale?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 13, 2006
The movie devolves into a talky, static affair featuring a cast with wildly varying accents and acting abilities.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 13, 2006
Unfortunately [O'Toole and Sharif are] separated by five centuries, and never share a scene. For a movie with the most righteous of intentions, that's perhaps the most grievous moviemaking sins of all.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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