The Candidate (The Realm) (El reino) Reviews

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February 6, 2020
Non-Spanish speaking viewers will have no problem relating, although the thriller aspect of the film eventually undermines its lofty ambitions.
February 3, 2020
With the charismatic Antonio de la Torre at Manu, driving the film through the low life politicians living the high life, the film is saved from too confusing a plot.
November 4, 2019
A whip-smart, razor-sharp and fiercely contemporary political thriller, shot cinematically with gripping urgency.
October 6, 2019
Sorogoyen paints an uncomfortable and disturbing portrait of a political class without any scruples or moral compass. [Full Review in Spanish]
October 3, 2019
A frenetic, overwhelming thriller. [Full review in Spanish]
October 3, 2019
An interesting political thriller. [Full Review in Spanish]
August 12, 2019
[A] film of conceptual acuity. [Full review in Spanish]
August 7, 2019
From the producers of The Secret in Their Eyes, this fast-paced, twisty political thriller has deservedly won many awards in its native Spain, and further afield.
August 5, 2019
The compelling de la Torre leads a fine ensemble, with Luis Zahera outstanding in a memorable meltdown sequence. But the dénouement is as thuddingly unsubtle as Olivier Arson's pounding electro score.
August 1, 2019
This is one of those rare films that starts as a slog but grows progressively more engrossing as it develops.
July 31, 2019
Brisk and labyrinthine, this snappy Spanish political thriller is urgent and edgy, packed with vivid characters and an astonishing picture of the breadth of criminal activity within a government.
July 10, 2019
If the film deserves two adjectives, those would be "necessary" and "opportune".[Full Review in Spanish]
June 21, 2019
If Spanish politics is a school of sharks, then regional vice-secretary Manuel "Manu" López Vidal is a great white. Forever in motion, packed with personality, he's a masterly schemer in a sharp suit.
May 21, 2019
The film's final act is superb: very tense, very cynical and very very angry ... It's satisfying stuff, and truly on the dirty money for these deeply corrupt times.
May 17, 2019
Gradually, as Manuel works with increasing intensity to secure the evidence he needs against his former colleagues, the film - directed by Rodrigo Sorogoyen - casts its spell.
May 17, 2019
The Realm becomes one of the year's best thrillers, something which has the potential to really leave a mark once given proper international distribution.
May 16, 2019
The script, by the director and his regular collaborator Isabel Pena, makes no concessions when it comes to the complexities of the storyline... You do have to keep your wits about you, but that's part of the fun.
April 8, 2019
The Realm doesn't cover new ground in the shadier tactics of politicians, but is ingeniously acted and well-meaning in its efforts to denounce their outrageous behaviors, impudent attitude, and obsession for power.
January 18, 2019
Acclaim should carry it far among those craving intrigue, suspense and muckraking social commentary.
November 5, 2018
When it comes to generating tension, Rodrigo Sorogoyen and his co-writer Isabel Peña start from a place where the screw is turned and, when you think they can't get it any tighter, find new ways to increase the tension - matching their torque with action
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