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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Just when we thought it was impossible to say something new about Elvis Presley, documentary film-maker Eugene Jarecki pulls it off...

Aug 23, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

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

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

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

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

Jul 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.

Jul 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.

Jun 28, 2018 | Full Review…

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