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.
June 24, 2006
It's all very watchable, thanks to excellent performances all around...
November 18, 2002
Levring's film isn't nearly as smart or original as he seems to think it is.
July 20, 2001
It doesn't escape its own ascetic pretensions.
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
Sinks under the weight of its ever more inescapably apparent contrivance.
June 14, 2001
Has its flaws, but remains a fascinating and strangely involving piece.
June 8, 2001
The project seems unsure about how to push the fighting, trysting and synthesized misery to higher ground.
May 18, 2001
The more you appreciate what they're trying to do, the more you like it.
May 17, 2001
The King is Alive stands as a successful cinematic experiment and a gripping -- though a little too long -- study of humanity's most primitive instincts.
May 11, 2001
Sets off tentatively, but comes through with a wallop.
May 11, 2001
The performances Levring gets from his international cast are almost strong enough to distract you from his failure to develop any of the grand themes so self-consciously set-up by the choice of King Lear.
May 11, 2001
There's no real sense of tragedy when these lost souls begin to drop dead in their eleventh hour -- just more pain and suffering for an already strongly unsympathetic group.
May 11, 2001
Stylish and gritty, The King Is Alive lacks the impact of revelation that might have made the journey worth taking.
May 10, 2001
The unsparing, invasive naturalism of digital video, which seems specially calibrated to register the play of anxiety and distress on human faces, also records an inhuman landscape of undulating dunes and blinding sky.
May 8, 2001
Levring's characters are barely more absurd than the film's arbitrary ideas.
May 7, 2001
Pretentious, overlong, and visually unappealing.
May 2, 2001
A high-minded project that never lifts off as intended despite all the right elements seemingly coming together.
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