Jun 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.
Jan 28, 2020
A lament for something that everyone thought they knew but never actually existed, not as we wanted it to be anyway.
Jan 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.
Dec 14, 2019
I liked this film. This is kind of a rare documentary ride along.
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.
Jan 25, 2019
An ambitious but not a particularly jarring journey covering the troubled life of Elvis Presley some forty years after his death.
Dec 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.
Oct 30, 2018
The King is a fascinating take on the Elvis phenomenon, which documents his life within a cultural context.
Oct 22, 2018
Elvis fans will love it, anyone else will appreciate it, but will not feel the need to rewatch.
Oct 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.
Oct 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.
Oct 10, 2018
A compelling portrait of Elvis Presley that contemplates what he meant to America and its ever-evolving dream.
Sep 5, 2018
Jarecki's road-trip never reaches answers or a destination, but it's a curiously diverting ride.
Aug 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.