The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)


Critic Consensus: 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.


Critic Reviews for The Kid Who Would Be King

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (13)

Do the Middle Ages hold the key to saving the world? "The Kid Who Would Be King" suggests so.

Jan 23, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

It's often quite funny, the effects are satisfying if not out of this world, and its message that we should ally with those with whom we disagree to defeat the larger evils in this world is meant as much for adults as kids but it's never too heavy-handed.

Jan 23, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

"The Kid Who Would Be King" revitalizes the Arthurian legend for a new generation of film fans, with a family-friendly story as sharp as Excalibur's blade.

Jan 23, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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Cornish crafts a King Arthur movie that draws in a younger crowd, reinterprets the tale for a modern age and speaks consciously to the current political climate. That's quite the feat.

Jan 22, 2019 | Full Review…

[It's] a surprisingly delightful film full of action, heart, a crazy-haired Patrick Stewart (as "old" Merlin) and a few genuinely good gags, and it really couldn't have come at a better time.

Jan 22, 2019 | Full Review…

The script is good-natured and action-packed and attempts to delve into thematic territory beyond what might be normally expected from a kid's movie.

Jan 22, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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