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The King (2017)




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Forty years after the death of Elvis Presley, a musical road trip across America in his 1963 Rolls Royce explores how a country boy lost his authenticity and became a king while his country lost her democracy and became an empire.


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Critic Reviews for The King

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Two elements - America and Elvis - come together in ticklish, surprising ways that expand and delight your perceptions.

June 2, 2017 | Full Review…

Big, bold and overreaching, in love with but also skeptical of its own central metaphor of Elvis' career as a version of America's own history.

May 26, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Sprawling and brilliant.

May 24, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Even if one agrees with Jarecki's progressive political position, making Elvis into a metonym for the nation's spiritual corruption starts to feel too much like a contrived rhetorical sleight of hand.

May 21, 2017 | Full Review…

Now we get to wrestle with The King, a Rorschach test of a documentary that bombards the viewer with wildly conflicting takes on the meaning of Elvis Presley in American life.

January 29, 2018 | Full Review…

That's the most accurate picture of America that this American can imagine: a land of competing narratives, where the only thing everyone can agree on is that lots of stuff has gone wrong, even if we can't agree on exactly what that stuff is.

May 24, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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