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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 10, 2018
A compelling portrait of Elvis Presley that contemplates what he meant to America and its ever-evolving dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 9, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 5, 2018
It's all rather random, but never dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 5, 2018
Jarecki's road-trip never reaches answers or a destination, but it's a curiously diverting ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 26, 2018
The King: Elvis and the broken American mythology
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 26, 2018
[A] wildly ambitious but not entirely successful documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 24, 2018
You'll be intrigued. You will not be bored. But you probably won't be convinced.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 24, 2018
A quietly revolutionary music documentary: one that assesses the changing face of a nation via the enduring legacy of one man, adding newfound depth to long established facts.
August 24, 2018
The finished film does manage to throw up some interesting ideas as various interviewees... wrestle with notions of cultural appropriation while others reflect on what Elvis's gluttonous career says about America.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 24, 2018
The King is a workmanlike documentary about the late Elvis Presley, but struggles to find anything new to say about the much-raked-over rock 'n' roll legend.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 23, 2018
Just when we thought it was impossible to say something new about Elvis Presley, documentary film-maker Eugene Jarecki pulls it off...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 23, 2018
An ambitious state-of-the-nation vehicle that sometimes veers off-course.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 22, 2018
The King is exhilarating because it doesn't do "truth". It does Tom Wolfe-style free association and play of ideas, of which surely the best is that the King was King Kong reborn.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 22, 2018
Jarecki's points about the true nature of US history are frighteningly on-the-nose.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 22, 2018
[Director Eugene] Jarecki combines probing and provocative analysis of US culture with a more conventional account of Presley's musical career.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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