The King

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While The King is sometimes less than the sum of its impressive parts, strong source material and gripping performances make this a period drama worth hailing.

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Young Henry V encounters deceit, war and treachery after becoming king of England in the 15th century.

Cast & Crew

Robert Pattinson
The Dauphin of France
Dean-Charles Chapman
Thomas of Lancaster
Ivan Kaye
Lord Scrope
David Michôd
Director
Joel Edgerton
Screenwriter
David Michôd
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David Michôd
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Brad Pitt
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Liz Watts
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Adam Arkapaw
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Critic Reviews for The King

All Critics (141) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (100) | Rotten (41)

  • Almost everything about The King works brilliantly, from the casting (not least Robert Pattinson as a deliciously detestable Dauphin) to the generally cracking script by Michôd and Edgerton.

    November 13, 2019 | Full Review…
  • What should be soaring is instead lugubrious; what should be a ripping good yarn is instead dutiful and a little bit dull.

    October 23, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Having survived the trial-by-fire of emerging as a sensitive, talented actor...Pattinson is free from the tyranny of having to make "good" decisions, giving him the opportunity to make interesting ones instead.

    October 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • To quote another of the Bard's royal characters, it ends up feeling like a tale full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

    October 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • I don't expect David Michod's new film to dominate your Netflix home queue for very long, given that the movie - a messy and frequently bloody blend of Shakespeare's Henriad plays, but devoid of their language, scope and, well, drama - is forgettable.

    October 15, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • With weighty things to say about contemporary and corrupt institutions of power and even dangers of male hegemony, Michôd's non-preachy The King comes with philosophical heft and visual authority to match.

    October 11, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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  • Dec 01, 2019
    Stylish, beautifully-filmed, and richly written, The King is nonetheless bogged down by a stiff, cold atmosphere and an unfortunate lifelessness. Despite impressive cosmetics, the film is rather unmemorable and never stirs any sense of excitement, passion, intrigue, suspense or interest in any of the characters on screen.
    Matthew S Super Reviewer

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