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Despite moments of hilarity and a talented ensemble, discordant direction and a sloppy script keep The Polka King from truly singing. Read critic reviews

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The rise and fall of Pennsylvania polka sensation Jan Lewan, who ultimately fleeced millions from investors through his polka-related activities.

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  • There's a touch of School of Rock with an Oom-Pah-Pah beat about this likeable, if lightweight comedy.

    January 25, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The Polka King is warm and sympathetic, avoiding easy jokes in favor of humane, character-driven humor.

    January 25, 2018 | Full Review…
  • With a clipped and modestly entertaining 90-minute run time, The Polka King that relishes in Lewan's theatrics but rarely pauses to interrogate what's behind his facade.

    January 24, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • There are undeniably moments in which Lewan, played by Jack Black, comes off as heroic, but director Maya Forbes does her best to keep the ship on course. Black repeatedly returns to the confessional booth to ask for forgiveness for what he's doing.

    January 18, 2018 | Full Review…
  • In The Polka King, Forbes amp up the lunacy, star power, and energy to create something not only sensationally fun, but also enticingly thought-provoking.

    January 17, 2018 | Full Review…
  • It's not that the film doesn't have an opinion on Lewan, it's that the opinion seems to change every few scenes.

    January 14, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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