The King

critic Reviews

71% Fresh Tomatometer Score71%
  • While The King is sometimes less than the sum of its impressive parts, strong source material and gripping performances make this a period drama worth hailing.
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Brad NewsomeSydney Morning Herald
    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.
    Read full article
  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Ann HornadayWashington Post
    What should be soaring is instead lugubrious; what should be a ripping good yarn is instead dutiful and a little bit dull.
    Read full article
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Philippa SnowThe New Republic
    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.
    Read full article
  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    David SimsThe Atlantic
    To quote another of the Bard's royal characters, it ends up feeling like a tale full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
    Read full article
  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Barry HertzGlobe and Mail
    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.
    Read full article
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Tomris LafflyRogerEbert.com
    With weighty things to say about contemporary and corrupt institutions of power and even dangers of male hegemony, Michôd's non-preachy The King comes with philosophical heft and visual authority to match.
    Read full article
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Shikhar VermaHigh on Films
    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.
    Read full article
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Anthony MorrisScreenHub
    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
    Read full article
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Vincent SchillingIndian Country Today
    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.
    Read full article
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Luke WhistonTheShiznit.co.uk
    ...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...
    Read full article