The King Reviews

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June 2, 2020
The King is a vastly entertaining and at times uncomfortably intimate account of a life whose rise and tragic fall Jarecki asserts is a metaphor for a parallel demise of the American Empire.
January 28, 2020
A lament for something that everyone thought they knew but never actually existed, not as we wanted it to be anyway.
January 17, 2020
The King is required viewing for not just Elvis fans and Memphians, but anyone who strives to understand the state of our sprawling democratic experiment.
December 14, 2019
Way too ambitious for its own good.
December 14, 2019
I liked this film. This is kind of a rare documentary ride along.
August 19, 2019
The documentary 'The King' fails to try to relate the singer with the rise of the current president of the United States. About Elvis, we must assume that he made some mistakes, but not this one. [Full Review in Spanish]
June 11, 2019
Life, liberty and the pursuit of Elvis
May 29, 2019
Jarecki and team winnowed down hours of footage to a compelling examination of the intersection of pop culture and politics at a time when that very intersection is threatening to be the end of life as we know it here in these great United States.
May 24, 2019
With The King, Eugene Jarecki delivers a brilliantly original music doc that deconstructs the decline of the America empire through one of its greatest icons.
March 20, 2019
Even as the left-hand path of the editing bay weaves a satisfying tonal dissonance, the filmmakers still end up stepping on their own feet.
January 25, 2019
An ambitious but not a particularly jarring journey covering the troubled life of Elvis Presley some forty years after his death.
December 6, 2018
A bouncy and reflective sentiment about Presley's ever-lasting staple on the American psyche...dutifully seduces us with the Elvis mystique and his brand of antiquated celebrity applied to the current-day mindset of American consciousness.
October 30, 2018
The King is a fascinating take on the Elvis phenomenon, which documents his life within a cultural context.
October 22, 2018
Elvis fans will love it, anyone else will appreciate it, but will not feel the need to rewatch.
October 11, 2018
Elvis is clearly used as a metaphor by Jarecki. Undeniably progressive in his approach and his politics, the filmmaker still crafts a compelling portrait that reaches beyond simply ideology.
October 10, 2018
Elvis Presley's 1963 Rolls-Royce serves as a metaphor for what 's wrong with this country in two-time Sundance Grand Jury winner Eugene Jarecki's new documentary.
October 10, 2018
A compelling portrait of Elvis Presley that contemplates what he meant to America and its ever-evolving dream.
September 6, 2018
It's all rather random, but never dull.
September 5, 2018
Jarecki's road-trip never reaches answers or a destination, but it's a curiously diverting ride.
August 27, 2018
The King is a visual essay - it proposes a thesis, then builds a convincing argument, bouncing between Presley's life and the state of the nation.
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