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June 23, 2006
It really is reprehensible and disgusting, not only because we've seen far too many sociopaths in movies over the past 20 years, but because it deals with horrid clichés and presents them as something indie-hip and morally provocative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 23, 2006
In various ways this is a strangely impressive movie.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 23, 2006
Chilling and compelling.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 22, 2006
Milo Addica's script delves into emotionally messy territory... and director James Marsh embraces the ambiguity, sometimes at the expense of the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 22, 2006
A strange, disturbing movie that will appeal to you if you like to leave the theater with lots of questions to mull over.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 22, 2006
It is an intelligent, disturbing thriller.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 19, 2006
"The King" is a very distasteful picture that left me feeling uneasy and irritated.
June 16, 2006
A deeply involving film where intentions are as cryptic as the title, and the reckoning of past sins opens fresh wounds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 16, 2006
The soundtrack is brilliant, the cinematography strange and wonderful and the performances are creepy good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 16, 2006
The web gets more tangled until, midway through, the drama drops and the film becomes yet another bloody horror show.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 16, 2006
Even if the filmmakers are to be distrusted as slumming ethnological tourists, they treat the message of religious fundamentalism seriously.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 16, 2006
He's played morally unsettled men before, but Marsh doesn't bring a sense of torment or menace out of Bernal the way other directors have.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 16, 2006
It's the kind of work where characters develop on their own, without consulting the book of cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 15, 2006
[Marsh] and co-writer Milo Addica display such contempt for their characters and religious conviction in general, they reduce everything to one-note banality.
June 15, 2006
Disturbing, but not haunting or soul-scorching, which is obviously what the filmmakers wanted.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 15, 2006
Director James Marsh's disturbing treatise on the limits of faith is a slow burn on a too-long fuse. But his ability to dramatize hideous, depraved acts with complete emotional indifference is an achievement that earns our continued attention.
June 9, 2006
Dark, disturbing and audaciously original in a way only indies are given license to be anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 9, 2006
A complex, deeply disturbing parable that's certain to find as many detractors as fans.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 9, 2006
A dark and deeply unsettling movie with its roots in classical tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 9, 2006
Isn't a particularly good film, but it is a perversely fascinating one.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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