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The King Reviews

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 Mich˘d and Edgerton.
October 23, 2019
What should be soaring is instead lugubrious; what should be a ripping good yarn is instead dutiful and a little bit dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 16, 2019
Having survived the trial-by-fire of emerging as a sensitive, talented actor...Pattinson is free from the tyranny of having to make "good" decisions, giving him the opportunity to make interesting ones instead.
October 16, 2019
To quote another of the Bard's royal characters, it ends up feeling like a tale full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
October 15, 2019
I don't expect David Michod's new film to dominate your Netflix home queue for very long, given that the movie - a messy and frequently bloody blend of Shakespeare's Henriad plays, but devoid of their language, scope and, well, drama - is forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 11, 2019
With weighty things to say about contemporary and corrupt institutions of power and even dangers of male hegemony, Mich˘d's non-preachy The King comes with philosophical heft and visual authority to match.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 11, 2019
So much of the poetry and the sense of loss has gone from this decaffeinated version of the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 10, 2019
Mich˘d's most clever revision is in how artfully and skillfully he renders the film's final battle at Agincourt, only to undercut it with a more disquieting concluding note. Shakespeare, robbed of its poetry and its harmony, isn't so much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 10, 2019
I admire the sentiment but wish Mich˘d had crafted something more surprising.
October 10, 2019
What's left is primarily a series of grand battleground set pieces - filmed crunchily, and well - and a series of consistently strong performances.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 10, 2019
Chalamet is powerful in his first authoritative role.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 10, 2019
It looks to Shakespeare for its basic cues before taking off with a few imaginative flourishes. Most notably it gives Falstaff a new lease of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 10, 2019
What Mich˘d never manages to make clear is what we are to make of this version's nationalism, its glorification of war, its ambivalence toward corrupting power and its selective, finally misguided attempt to brush off Shakespeare.
October 10, 2019
The King doesn't give itself an easy task, certainly, but it also doesn't need to spend so much of its time convincing us of its own seriousness.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
October 9, 2019
Fifteenth-century England is recreated - but the actual story is only half-familiar, the Globe transplanted into the age of Game of Thrones.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 9, 2019
Chalamet and especially Pattinson do their best to energize and contemporize Aussie director David Mich˘d's amalgam of Shakespeare's Prince Hal history plays without all that, you know, Shakespeare poetry and purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 7, 2019
Most of The King is just unadorned semi-prestige, with a few gruesome severed heads rolling around for cred.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 4, 2019
It's smart stuff, great writing and a fitting conclusion to a superlative historical portrait.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 4, 2019
The unholy clash of pageantry and squalor is finely framed; warriors in silvery helmets, shot from high above, and gleaming in the murk, resemble a nest of wood lice.
October 2, 2019
The King takes Chalamet's charisma for granted, letting him lean into a self-pity so profound that you wonder why Falstaff-or anyone else-would follow him at all.
September 4, 2019
[A] thoroughly enjoyable film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 4, 2019
The King has one treat up its sleeve: in a deliciously fruity turn as the vain and venomous dauphin, Robert Pattinson savours each French syllable as if it were an exquisite mouthful of dauphinoise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 4, 2019
Slightly too fond of its dour mood and its fey leading man, this diary of a wimpy king is recommended principally to people who want to watch Chalamet lounging around being sad, often while he's got off his top off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 3, 2019
So eager to be a mud-and-guts epic about inherited violence and the corruption of power that it loses sight of the rich coming-of-age story at its core.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 3, 2019
Honors a classic story and opens its grandeur to a new audience-even as it gives an elbow-poke to those who have seen it all before, or who only think they have.
September 3, 2019
A meaty piece of historical drama, it mixes power plays, canny twists and brutal, widescreen medieval battles with a refreshing lack of deference for the Shakespeare plays on which it's loosely based.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 2, 2019
Historical epics are rarely light on their feet, but The King sets new standards in the field of galumphing: the film moves like a rhinoceros through porridge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 2, 2019
A stirringly lucid drama that balances its muscular and contemplative sides with unerring judgment, harnessing quietly commanding performances to reflect on the vainglorious folly of power and "the doleful weight of war."
September 2, 2019
Henry V has been interpreted in different ways regarding its stance on war, and The King does well to grapple with the question of whether violence is a necessity.
September 2, 2019
Too many movies set in this period end up as action films in medieval drag. The excitement of "The King" is that Mich˘d lays out the consequences of combat with gruesome precision, demythologizing the battle.
September 2, 2019
The King deepens and darkens, and gathers momentum, to the point where one finally becomes drawn into the drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 2, 2019
A historical piece that defies expectation and offers both the thrills of battle and a thoughtful critique of war and imperialism.