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The Kingdom Reviews

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Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
October 4, 2007
The film is edited for ADHD patients off their meds and even includes a glorious opening sequence with Middle East for dummies info-graphics to quickly get us up to speed on the U.S./Saudi Arabia oil history. Michael Moore would be jealous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
September 27, 2007
A high-budget episode of "The A Team" crossed with "24" and a sort of "CSI: Riyadh" until a few minutes at the end try to tack on some larger meaning. It just shows how thin the material in the rest of the film is by contrast.
Read More | Original Score: C
May 1, 2008
[I]t fails in its attempt to be a serious drama with important things to say about the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 28, 2007
The Kingdom comes down to a police procedural, and one whose procedures prove none too interesting.
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
October 3, 2007
'The Kingdom' is ugly not because it's jingoistic or anti-Islam, but because it fiddles with those buttons so shamelessly.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
September 26, 2007
This is fertile ground for an invigorating exploration of Saudi-American interaction, but the whole thing eventually devolves into a run-of-the-mill shoot 'em up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Leo Goldsmith
Reverse Shot
August 8, 2009
A good deal more Transformers than Syriana, a movie that drapes a crisp, lightly browsed copy of The Economist over an enormous pubescent boner for grinding metal, busted glass, and crackling gunfire.
Fernando F. Croce
August 27, 2009
There's no real difference between choreographing a bloody jihadist skirmish and a gridiron match
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
September 28, 2007
It's clear that Berg wants to humanize the Saudis, but I suspect much of this nuance will get blown to smithereens in a firestorm of bullets.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International
September 25, 2007
Although the last scene is an extraordinarily disturbing one, it can't quite erase the letdown of what immediately precedes it.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
September 20, 2007
Take some notes, Dubya: Jamie Foxx has the anti-terrorism tactics you've been craving.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Brian Orndorf
September 27, 2007
Bottom-feeding action nonsense...Truthfully, I'm not sure what's more offensive, exploiting real-world violence or treating the audience like they're 12 years-old.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Prairie Miller
December 27, 2007
Treats world history as a sports arena where the US has the home-team advantage, because America considers the entire world its private property. Which leaves a fairly loaded question: whose kingdom? Time to declare theaters demilitarized zones.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
October 5, 2007
...Peter Berg directs with the flailing fervor he usually displays...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 2, 2007
It has no particular story, it is not especially stylish and it's not emotionally resonant.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Cole Smithey
September 21, 2007
Zealotry is all around, and it's a product that certain CEOs know how to package with impunity. How long do we have to stare into the abyss? From the message of "The Kingdom," we'll hit rock bottom before we get the answer.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 28, 2007
It attempts to say something profound about the war on terrorism and the human tendency toward an us-vs.-them mentality. But the finale feeds on a sense of bloodlust and then tries to pull back to show us the error of maniacal revenge.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 11, 2007
The Kingdom is topical, but remove the setting, and you're left with a relatively brain-dead thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mike Brett
Little White Lies
October 5, 2007
In twenty years this will look as subtle as an episode of "Love Thy Neighbour".
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
October 5, 2007
Macho lunacy.
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