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The King Reviews

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Brian Marder
November 20, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
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
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
May 3, 2007
Red States' worst nightmare rules on screen.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 19, 2007
This movie creeped me out big time.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
August 11, 2006
Programmed by the fatalistic filmmakers toward a cruel outcome, but the actors make it convincing...
| Original Score: 3/4
Mike Russell
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-
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
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
Peter Sobczynski
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
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
June 24, 2006
Offers a fascinating consideration of religion and religiosity, sin and revenge, and the ultimate question for Christians: Can evil be forgiven?
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
June 23, 2006
In various ways this is a strangely impressive movie.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 23, 2006
Chilling and compelling.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 22, 2006
It is an intelligent, disturbing thriller.
| Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
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
Top Critic
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 16, 2006
Even if the filmmakers are to be distrusted as slumming ethnological tourists, they treat the message of religious fundamentalism seriously.
| Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
Mark Keizer
Los Angeles CityBeat
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.
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