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The King Reviews

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Edward Douglas
May 18, 2006
Grim and dreary, this depressing drama seems to serve very little purpose...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
May 15, 2006
Arranges its easy targets like a gunman lining up beer cans to shoot.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
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.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
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.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The King suffers from an overbearing sense of its own self-importance.
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 7, 2006
An undemanding morality tale set in the Bible Belt.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
June 15, 2006
Disturbing, but not haunting or soul-scorching, which is obviously what the filmmakers wanted.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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
Brian Clark
Austin Chronicle
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
Kevin Biggers
May 19, 2006
Let's get one thing straight: I do not like Gael Garcia Bernal.
Phil Hall
EDGE Boston
May 19, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today
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
Michele Kenner
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
July 28, 2006
Both Hurt and Bernal drift through their performances, leaving the audience as unfulfilled as an empty collection plate.
| Original Score: 2/4
Angela Baldassarre
June 19, 2006
"The King" is a very distasteful picture that left me feeling uneasy and irritated.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
May 13, 2006
This dark take on the prodigal son never picks up steam beyond initial exposition.
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
July 7, 2006
A showcase for big ideas that winds up feeling empty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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