One Night With the King - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

One Night With the King Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
October 13, 2006
Dear Lord, why must Your most ardent followers unleash such bad movies in Your name?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
October 20, 2006
...visually lavish but dramatically clumsy.
| Original Score: 2/5
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
February 13, 2007
The film is an exercise in overblown and overplayed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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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
Russ Breimeier
Christianity Today
October 13, 2006
A tighter script could have made this a classic Bible epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
October 13, 2006
Distinctly made-for-TV vibe [despite] visual spectacle and a distinguished supporting cast.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
October 13, 2006
The cinematography and sets look great, but the script is a bummer. It's overlong, overwrought and overblown.
| Original Score: 0.5/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
October 12, 2006
Plods across the screen with the thudding portent of an earnest Sunday-school lesson.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 13, 2006
In itself, it's a riveting story. Unfortunately, director Michael Sajbel has envisioned an overwrought Lifetime movie of the week, complete with an Esther who could be a cast member of Laguna Beach and a king notable only for his washboard abs.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
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
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
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
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.
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Dallas Morning News
October 28, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: C
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