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
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...
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.
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")
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 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.
August 20, 2001
May seem self-consciously arty, but in the playing it grabs us early and doesn't let go.
August 10, 2001
An especially demanding, misanthropic and nihilistic work about human nature's worst face and it, more often than not, chills despite the relentless desert heat.
June 28, 2001
Pulsing with color and movement in a vast, dune filled landscape, this is a whole new way of using a now familiar bag of tricks.
June 22, 2001
The King Is Alive intrigues mainly for its spare style and brittle, sweat-soaked performances.
June 15, 2001
There are dazzling bits of acting throughout.
June 15, 2001
The inherent strength of the age-old story, and the approach The King is Alive takes, are enough to keep our interest.
June 14, 2001
Has its flaws, but remains a fascinating and strangely involving piece.
June 11, 2001
Mostly deserves the hype.
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