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The King Reviews

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May 18, 2006
Grim and dreary, this depressing drama seems to serve very little purpose...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
May 15, 2006
Arranges its easy targets like a gunman lining up beer cans to shoot.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 16, 2005
The story of a veritable devil who comes to test and destroy a family of faith, The King is a noxious film morally and an aggravating one dramatically.
May 19, 2006
There is no tragedy without character, yet the way The King drapes heavy situations around its feebly imagined personalities suggests a tire thrown around the neck of a poodle.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
June 24, 2006
The King suffers from an overbearing sense of its own self-importance.
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
December 7, 2006
An undemanding morality tale set in the Bible Belt.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 19, 2006
The script's in version of the old story is too forced and self-consciously shocking to really connect. It's all obvious iconoclastic effect.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 8, 2006
Its attempts at symbolism regarding sin and faith are astoundingly heavy-handed and further dampened by an ending that will be greeted with either silence or sneers.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
[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 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
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
May 19, 2006
Let's get one thing straight: I do not like Gael Garcia Bernal.
May 19, 2006
Underwhelming.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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
June 19, 2006
"The King" is a very distasteful picture that left me feeling uneasy and irritated.
May 13, 2006
This dark take on the prodigal son never picks up steam beyond initial exposition.
July 7, 2006
A showcase for big ideas that winds up feeling empty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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