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The King Reviews

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March 9, 2020
While David Michôd's The King could be easily dismissed as a substandard Shakespearean adaption; there's no way one can dismiss the rich coming of age story at its center.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 3, 2020
None of The King's flaws are serious enough to sink it, and often it hits the sweet spot between glossing over the mud and blood of times past and over-the-top revelling in it
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 7, 2020
I expected a not half-bad historical account. But it was surprisingly much more, with unexpected great performances to include Timothée Chalamet as Henry V and Robert Pattinson as the snotty French prince.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.1/10
January 7, 2020
...between Chalamet's solemn commitment and Pattinson's overt silliness there's an impeccably well made film, that feels authentically grounded when it comes to the costumes and interior decor of the Middle Ages...
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 10, 2019
The kind of questionable interpretation of Shakespeare that would probably have the Bard scratching his head.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 10, 2019
Edgerton plays Falstaff's drunken buffoonery as an old warrior's self-medication, not a fool's personality. But most of all I liked the fight scenes, which unromantically depict the grim, ugly slog of medieval combat.
December 5, 2019
I'm liking the Netflix option on my TV.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.65
November 28, 2019
For fans of historical drama and medieval action, The King is a must-see.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
November 22, 2019
The plays are about [Hal's] youth and immaturity - his unreadiness to be king - and Chalamet captures that impetuousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 22, 2019
In truth, the 140 minutes never seemed extended to me, since Michod avoids wasting time with plot trivialities and goes straight to the point...
November 17, 2019
Agincourt excepted (the battle is superb), this is a rather conventional epic. Pattinson adds quirky humour to a film that's otherwise quite po-faced.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 13, 2019
Almost everything about The King works brilliantly, from the casting (not least Robert Pattinson as a deliciously detestable Dauphin) to the generally cracking script by Michôd and Edgerton.
November 11, 2019
Timothée Chalamet [shines]. [Full review in Spanish]
November 11, 2019
The film not only puts aside Shakespeare's verses in favor of modern language, but also makes several other changes in the original that flow naturally. [Full review in Spanish]
November 10, 2019
Word-wise, it's Shakespeare lite, but producer Brad Pitt's got good taste in movies about manliness, and Timothée Chalamet may be the best actor of his generation. So "The King" has heft. If you like manly, muddy, medieval war movies-it's a must-see.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 8, 2019
[Although it] misses out the chance to let us share the uneasiness - and the heaviness - of the crown on Henry V's head, the spectacle characterizing the rest of the works are far from lowliness.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 7, 2019
It is a grand, thoroughly gripping historical drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 6, 2019
A version of the mid-Lancastrian period in English history that's dramatically effective on its own terms as a commentary on the inevitability and futility of war.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 5, 2019
Chalamet is once again captivating in this entertaining and well-produced period piece melodrama. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 5, 2019
A substantial, well-crafted medieval drama that explores the political and human implications of wars. [Full review in Spanish]
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