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The King Reviews

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June 13, 2008
The degree to which this film is unsettling is testimony to the strength of the acting and direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 3, 2007
Red States' worst nightmare rules on screen.
March 1, 2007
Good work that, with a little more effort, could have been so much better.
January 19, 2007
This movie creeped me out big time.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 7, 2006
An undemanding morality tale set in the Bible Belt.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 17, 2006
The filmmakers' stoicism finally proves insurmountable and indefatigable
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 25, 2006
I'm all in favor of warts-and-all depictions of Christians, but the closer you look, the more you realize that warts are all this film has to offer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 22, 2006
A Southwestern American pastoral of dormant menace, The King is a film of triple-dipped mood that turns on an act of shocking violence, but still seems to substitute willful indistinctness for insight.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 6, 2006
"The King" actually moves you, particularly because it has outstanding actors like William Hurt and Gael Garcia Bernal giving haunting, complex performances.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
August 25, 2006
This film wastes the talents of the entire cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 11, 2006
Programmed by the fatalistic filmmakers toward a cruel outcome, but the actors make it convincing...
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 28, 2006
Both Hurt and Bernal drift through their performances, leaving the audience as unfulfilled as an empty collection plate.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 15, 2006
The many possible ways to read the film might be more fruitful if Marsh's direction was more assured.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 7, 2006
Marsh has a knack for setting up twisted situations, and he nicely counterbalances the horror by filming everything in a straightforward, muted style.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 7, 2006
The real acting sparks are generated by Hurt, delivering an absolutely sincere performance as a reformed sinner basking in God's love.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 7, 2006
A showcase for big ideas that winds up feeling empty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 24, 2006
While Elvis' briefly startled face isn't precisely legible, your reading is pretty much ordained.
June 24, 2006
So wildly and absurdly melodramatic in every way, shape and form that many viewers will be unable to decide whether it is a flat-out masterpiece or the most lurid piece of junk that they have ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 24, 2006
The King suffers from an overbearing sense of its own self-importance.
June 24, 2006
Offers a fascinating consideration of religion and religiosity, sin and revenge, and the ultimate question for Christians: Can evil be forgiven?
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