Night of the Kings

critic Reviews

, 99% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • A restless and riveting fable, Night of Kings sees writer-director Philippe Lacôte in full command of his craft.
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    Ty BurrBoston Globe
    Lacôte is a master at staging hectic crowd scenes in which chaos suddenly arranges itself into patterns, connections, and poetry.
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    Justin ChangLos Angeles Times
    In capturing and preserving a long-standing oral tradition, he has arrived at both a persuasive vision of the past and a hopeful glimpse of the future. Like all good storytellers, he leaves you wanting more.
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    Beatrice LoayzaAV Club
    Night Of The Kings captures the elusive recent past of Ivorian political turmoil. It's also, perhaps just as significantly, an entrancingly fun time at the movies.
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    Katie WalshTribune News Service
    A power struggle and a ritual practiced by the collective within a microcosm of society housed under the oppression of the state, and a powerful demonstration of the transporting, and liberating, power of narrative.
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    Sheri FlandersChicago Reader
    Director Phillipe Lacôte balances despair and levity, humanizing the forgotten through a potent blend of African fables, improvisation, and hope-however fleeting.
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    Valerie ComplexConsequence of Sound
    The film succeeds in this measure by giving every single performer a distinct personality no matter the screen time.
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    Sean P. MeansThe Movie Cricket
    The story flows and moves to the rhythm produced by the inmates' chanting and dancing, and it's not long until the audience is feeling that rhythm, as well.
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    Robert DenersteinDenerstein Unleashed
    Like its actors, the movie has a distinctly powerful presence you won't soon forget.
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    Dan LybargerArkansas Democrat-Gazette
    Lacôte manages to keep all of this material afloat and infuses "Night of the Kings" with a constant sense of danger. People inside the walls of La Maca could die at any second, but the red moon outside doesn't bode well, either.
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    Aaron NeuwirthWe Live Entertainment
    It's not just this story that's worth experiencing, but all the aspects of filmmaking.
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