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June 24, 2018
So vast it often strains to make connections, but its form-an intricate intersecting montage, a flashcard bombardment of images and clips-keeps the film chugging along, just like Elvis Presley's 1963 Rolls-Royce Phantom V.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 24, 2018
It's hard to pinpoint exactly when Eugene Jarecki's one-of-a-kind doc on the rise and fall of Elvis turns into a metaphor for Trump's America, but when it happens - kapow!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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June 21, 2018
What carries us through this mad experiment is a sense of commonality through the oral tradition, a reminder that Elvis's story is one of our shared myths.
June 21, 2018
Perceptive, probing and ultimately devastating, The King is for anyone who cares about where this country has been and where it's headed.
June 21, 2018
The journey is the destination in a movie that gives you plenty to think about and argue with, as it racks up the miles and people clamber in and out of both the Rolls and the movie.
June 21, 2018
The overall merging of the two stories offers deeper insight into the fall of both the King and the country as a whole.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 20, 2018
What could have been a gentle, personal travelogue is reworked and reworked until it's often guilty of the last sin of Elvis - excess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
June 19, 2018
I'd probably love this film's wandering spirit and Elvis-is-everywhere philosophizing if it were half as fast or twice as long, if it pinned any thought down long enough to really TCB.
March 29, 2018
Like the director's other projects, this is intelligent and ambitious, but the cultural insights are too familiar to merit yet another trek through Presley's troubled life.
June 2, 2017
Two elements - America and Elvis - come together in ticklish, surprising ways that expand and delight your perceptions.
May 26, 2017
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 24, 2017
Sprawling and brilliant.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 21, 2017
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.