The Kid Who Would Be King

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The Kid Who Would Be King recalls classic all-ages adventures -- and repurposes a timeless legend -- for a thoroughly enjoyable new addition to the family movie canon.

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Old school magic meets the modern world in the epic adventure THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING. Alex (Ashbourne Serkis) thinks he's just another nobody, until he stumbles upon the mythical Sword in the Stone, Excalibur. Now, he must unite his friends and enemies into a band of knights and, together with the legendary wizard Merlin (Patrick Stewart), take on the wicked enchantress Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson). With the future at stake, Alex must become the great leader he never dreamed he could be.

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All Critics (175) | Top Critics (27)

  • If you factor in the movie's faith in the kindness of children and its eventual optimism about the future, it becomes, in essence, a healing myth for the ills of contemporary Britain. With or without a deal.

    Feb 15, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • A crowning achievement.

    Feb 15, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • This movie is sentimental in all the right places, and impossible to dislike.

    Feb 14, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Guardian
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  • It falls short of enchanting but it's never less than fun and likable. Watch it through the eyes of your inner teenager and you'll have a blast.

    Jan 25, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a charming notion, worked out zestfully by the writer-director, Joe Cornish, until the charm falls victim to familiar CGI Halloweenery.

    Jan 25, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Cornish is offering a kind of movie they just don't make anymore - expansive live-action adventure tales unabashedly aimed at young people, not the adults charged with taking them to the cinema.

    Jan 25, 2019 | Full Review…

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