The King

Critics Consensus

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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Hal (Timothée Chalamet), wayward prince and reluctant heir to the English throne, has turned his back on royal life and is living among the people. But when his tyrannical father dies, Hal is crowned King Henry V and is forced to embrace the life he had previously tried to escape. Now the young king must navigate the palace politics, chaos and war his father left behind, and the emotional strings of his past life -- including his relationship with his closest friend and mentor, the ageing alcoholic knight, John Falstaff (Joel Edgerton).


Critic Reviews for The King

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (6)

  • [A] thoroughly enjoyable film.

    Sep 4, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Slightly too fond of its dour mood and its fey leading man, this diary of a wimpy king is recommended principally to people who want to watch Chalamet lounging around being sad, often while he's got off his top off.

    Sep 4, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • So eager to be a mud-and-guts epic about inherited violence and the corruption of power that it loses sight of the rich coming-of-age story at its core.

    Sep 3, 2019 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Honors a classic story and opens its grandeur to a new audience-even as it gives an elbow-poke to those who have seen it all before, or who only think they have.

    Sep 3, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A meaty piece of historical drama, it mixes power plays, canny twists and brutal, widescreen medieval battles with a refreshing lack of deference for the Shakespeare plays on which it's loosely based.

    Sep 3, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A stirringly lucid drama that balances its muscular and contemplative sides with unerring judgment, harnessing quietly commanding performances to reflect on the vainglorious folly of power and "the doleful weight of war."

    Sep 2, 2019 | Full Review…

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