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The King (2018)

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Critic Consensus: The King pursues a wildly ambitious thesis through some fairly bumpy territory, but emerges as a provocative and insightful look at modern America.

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Forty years after the death of Elvis Presley, two-time Sundance Grand Jury winner Eugene Jarecki's new film takes the King's 1963 Rolls-Royce on a musical road trip across America. From Memphis to New York, Las Vegas, and beyond, the journey traces the rise and fall of Elvis as a metaphor for the country he left behind. In this groundbreaking film, Jarecki paints a visionary portrait of the state of the American Dream and a penetrating look at how the hell we got here. A diverse cast of Americans, both famous and non, join the journey.

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The insistence may inspire a furrowed brow here, a rolled eye there, and a shaken fist or knowing nod over yonder, but there's enough earnest comment and good music to make the effort worth seeing and chewing over.

July 27, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Provocative and at times unwieldy, The King is something of a stoned CNN Special Report on wheels.

July 13, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki does something rather unusual with The King, which becomes something extraordinary and insightful.

July 12, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

At its best, "The King" is a fever dream of American glory and American weirdness - between which there can be an even thinner line than the one separating love from hate.

July 12, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

With an insistence that borders almost comically on obsession, [director Eugene Jarecki] forces the singer's life into a larger theory of national decline-the American dream is dead, and Elvis is the emblem of its passing.

June 28, 2018 | Full Review…

...the movie does so in painfully simplistic terms, with encyclopedia-style snippets of history, authentically pained but insubstantial musings on "how we got here," and an odd reliance on the comments of celebrities who lack any Presley connection...

June 26, 2018 | Full Review…

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