The King Is Alive Reviews

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July 3, 2014
The King is Alive interweaves the madness, the foolhardiness, the greed and the ferocity of human nature that Shakespeare depicted so brilliantly in Lear back in 1606, and shatters us again and again with its insights made refreshed.
July 6, 2008
:ags in the middle, growing more interesting -- if hardly more original -- only as the situation deteriorates.
July 6, 2008
The endless vistas of sand that surround the forlorn settlement embody the void at the heart of its abandoned, terrified characters.
June 21, 2007
I spent much of the movie marvelling about how the form and style of the Dogme film fit perfectly into the story, and how none of the players seemed like they were pretending, even when they were being theatrical.
August 6, 2006
Here is a small masterpiece about the erosion of civilized egos by the elements.
June 24, 2006
It's all very watchable, thanks to excellent performances all around...
December 6, 2005
The real problem is the way the story tries so hard to incorporate Shakespearean themes.
June 10, 2004
January 6, 2004
Even for a Dogma 95 movie, this one is unusual because it features a remote, exotic setting and a Shakepearean subtext.
October 13, 2003
About as far from a Shakespearean stage but as close to Shakespearean essence as it can be.
June 19, 2003
While I'm sure the idea was to show how isolation and desperation could augment these emotional scars, the descent happens so quickly that when tragedy strikes my emotional response was one more of indifference than involvement.
March 18, 2003
An imaginative film that feels ten times more genuine than any ten movies of the "Castaway" variety (or as I like to call it, "The 90 million dollar Fed-Ex Commercial")
March 10, 2003
Somebody should really plop these guys down in front of an old Rodgers & Hammerstein spectacle.
November 25, 2002
Admittedly not for all tastes, but I liked what I bit into even if there was some sand in the offering.
November 18, 2002
Levring's film isn't nearly as smart or original as he seems to think it is.
October 21, 2002
By the time you figure out who's who, you've almost ceased to care.
December 21, 2001
... sitting through "The King Is Alive" was a tedious exercise that tried my patience and bored me.
December 10, 2001
Despite astonishing camera work and editing, it just gets duller and duller even as the story is supposedly heating up.
November 9, 2001
A piece of art rather than reality -- and a slo-o-o-w piece of art, though it rewards your patience.
September 21, 2001
Pick-me-up, this ain't. But fascinating, it is.
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