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The King Reviews

July 7, 2006
A showcase for big ideas that winds up feeling empty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 24, 2006
The King suffers from an overbearing sense of its own self-importance.
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
Chilling and compelling.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 22, 2006
It is an intelligent, disturbing thriller.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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 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 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 dark and deeply unsettling movie with its roots in classical tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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 8, 2006
The first-time director, James Marsh, and his co-writer Milo Addica (who wrote Monster's Ball), sustain a black-comic tone, and the performances, as far they go, are quietly chilling.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 8, 2006
A lurid, overheated Southern Gothic that wallows in its own unpleasantness.
May 30, 2006
A rather beautifully produced indie mix of melodrama, ethnographic detail, and modern Southern gothic.
May 27, 2006
While the appealing Mr. Bernal can do little with the cruel task he has been given, the rest of the cast, particularly Mr. Hurt and Mr. Dano, invest their characters with real feeling.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 26, 2006
Just about the only way to make sense of the film is to view its Christian family the way that the director, James Marsh, does -- with a contempt masquerading as social criticism.
Read More | Original Score: C
May 24, 2006
... one of the more disturbing and chilling films so far this year ...
May 20, 2006
This story of a prodigal son returning to wreak havoc devolves into pointless and preposterous nastiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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
May 19, 2006
Surely among the darkest-themed movies ever made, British director James Marsh's The King is the jaw-dropping story of a born-again Christian facing the sins of his past in ways unimaginable.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 18, 2006
The director, James Marsh (who wrote the script with Milo Addica), is a genius at keeping both levels in focus -- the conventional thwarted romance on top, the unholy mythic horror show under the surface.
May 18, 2006
The movie grows mean-spirited and ugly instead of psychologically stimulating or emotionally sound.
May 17, 2006
Echoes the dread-soaked likes of In The Bedroom and The Virgin Suicides as an examination of the human heart as well as the divine one.
Read More | Original Score: A
May 17, 2005
The film is an accomplished piece of mischief making that directly confronts religious conviction, in this case Christian, with its worst nightmare: can you really forgive evil?
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.