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The King

6.5
1,991
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Synopsis
Hal (Timothée Chalamet), wayward prince and reluctant heir to the English throne, has turned his back on royal life and is living among the people. But when his tyrannical father dies, Hal is crowned King Henry V and is forced to embrace the life he had previously tried to escape. Now the young king must navigate the palace politics, chaos and war his father left behind, and the emotional strings of his past life — including his ... [+]
Author Review
United StatesUnited States M
Owen Gleiberman
Variety
"An engrossing royal-court historical drama with a Shakespeare vibe (...) Timothée Chalemet, I predict, could be the biggest movie star of his generation"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
David Rooney
The Hollywood Reporter
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"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Richard Lawson
Vanity Fair
"Without the Shakespearean language, this is just an ahistorical story about a king and a battle. We’ve had plenty of those before, and little about Michôd’s direction distinguishes his film from a host of others"  NEU
United StatesUnited States F
Manohla Dargis
The New York Times
"Michôd has a gift for screen violence and is generally good with actors (...) What Michôd never manages to make clear is what we are to make of this version’s nationalism, its glorification of war..."  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
David Ehrlich
IndieWire
"No movie that features Robert Pattinson as a sociopathic dauphin should feel this flat or familiar, but "The King" squanders its cast"  NEG
United StatesUnited States M
Alonso Duralde
The Wrap
"A film full of surprises (...) a historical piece that defies expectation and offers both the thrills of battle and a thoughtful critique of war and imperialism"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Tomris Laffly
rogerebert.com
"With weighty things to say about contemporary and corrupt institutions of power (...) Michôd’s non-preachy “The King” comes with philosophical heft and visual authority (...) Rating: ★★★½ (out of four)"  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Leah Greenblatt
Entertainment Weekly
"A series of grand battleground set pieces — filmed crunchily, and well — and a series of consistently strong performances"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
David Edelstein
Vulture
"Timothée Chalamet’s emo angst is underwhelming (...) I admire the sentiment but wish Michôd had crafted something more surprising"  NEU
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Xan Brooks
The Guardian
"Having begun as a careful, over-studied attempt to make a naturalistic period picture (guttering candles; the occasional pustule), The King deepens and darkens, and gathers momentum (...) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Jonathan Romney
Screendaily
"Two hours of bleakly realistic historical reconstruction and some lugubrious drama. (...) If only the film were livelier, one might almost leap at the chance to read it as a Brexit parable"  NEG
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Lewis Knight
Mirror
"A tense, well-acted, and visually arresting historical blockbuster (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Edward Porter
The Times
"If Shakespeare’s version is imprinted on your mind, David Michôd’s account of Henry V (...) can’t help looking meagre. Still, viewed as its own thing (...) it’s not bad (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  NEU
IrelandIreland M
Harry Guerin
RTÉ
"An excellent historical drama (...) Its old school appeal deserves to stretch far beyond we happy few on the couch (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
IrelandIreland M
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
"Chalamet isn’t bad exactly. But he is a bit too lacquered to convince (...) Fortunately, the entertainment around him works nicely (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
IrelandIreland F
Deirdre Molumby
entertainment.ie
"Chalamet comes out as the weakest link (...) Most of the aforementioned cast work well, but when your lead lacks strength and presence in their performance, the whole movie is going to suffer (…) Rating: ★★½ (out of 5)"  NEU
IrelandIreland M
Graham
Scannain
"All I can is that 'The King' is a stunning film. It’s great for fans of Shakespeare, for fans of history, and fans of good cinema (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
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