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King Lear Reviews

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November 26, 2019
Yet the film is such a cracking good entertainment I barely even noticed that its world makes no sense.
November 26, 2019
And naturally, with Hopkins on board, the rest of the cast was pretty terrific as well - to the point of unexpectedly turning King Lear into something of an ensemble piece.
November 26, 2019
It's as political a production as it needs to be, and at its best, it feels as current and as timeless as a nightmare.
January 31, 2019
Any Lear with Hopkins is a good Lear, and while this version may be thinner than most, it's still got all the moments one would wish for.
October 17, 2018
A simple, accessible version of one of Shakespeare's best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 4, 2018
The whole cast - top-notch - takes Anthony Hopkins' lead and chews the scenery down to gristle and bone.
October 3, 2018
In short, Eyre's style is a superb way to approach the Bard in the age of the Shard.
October 2, 2018
What a story! Well done, Will. Fantastic imagery and art direction, but a little heavy and a tad wearing, the film's chock-a-block with interesting British actors.
October 1, 2018
The performances hold it together; this play has always been focused on human suffering. Amazon's King Lear is by no means a definitive adaptation of what is arguably the Bard's finest tragedy, but it is a thrilling and entertaining one.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 28, 2018
While the language of Shakespeare can be a challenge for the modern viewer, this "King Lear" is so physical and the acting so expressive that one is never unsure of what is happening, or what devilment.
September 28, 2018
I'm sad to say I'm torn on this Lear... That said, it is an absolute joy to watch Hopkins, Thompson, Menzies, Watson, and Christopher Eccleston chew into Shakespeare.
September 26, 2018
If somehow you've gone this long without ever being exposed to this dramatic masterwork, this is a thoroughly approachable introduction.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
September 19, 2018
Just because nobody could or should feel this is a definitive King Lear detracts only somewhat from the undeniable joy that comes from even two hours of watching Anthony Hopkins gnash his teeth, wail and go gloriously mad.
July 23, 2018
Klebeev's King Lear then becomes interesting because of its focus on Rotin. Viewers are subsumed into his perspective, with nothing outside to challenge it
June 5, 2018
Hopkins dominated, no surprise there, but it was Emma Thompson who dazzled, playing Goneril like a cougar with a lion-sized appetite.
June 4, 2018
It was like turning on the TV in a foreign hotel room...So let's just say I failed it, and not the other way around.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 29, 2018
Now 80 himself, the right age, Hopkins is at home in Lear's skin. Shouty, angry, cruel one moment; vulnerable, tender, loving the next - or at the same time. A mesmerising performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 29, 2018
Flawed parenting, ingrate children and family estrangement will never not be relevant, and the modern-day dress gave it the feel of a production at ease with itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 29, 2018
What is most fresh but coherent is [director Richard] Eyre's interpretation of the three sisters as women absolutely at the end of their tether.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 29, 2018
No doubt conscious of the competition, director Richard Eyre assembled so many galacticos for his bells-and-whistles modern-day-set TV version that at first it was hard to concentrate on anything else.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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