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.
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    Luis Miguel CruzCine Premiere
    The result is a monotonous film in all its lines. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Pablo O. ScholzClarín
    Timothée Chalamet [shines]. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Ruben Peralta RigaudCocalecas
    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]
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Mark JacksonEpoch Times
    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.
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    Nguyen LeInSession Film
    "...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."
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    Monica ReidFar Out Magazine
    It is a grand, thoroughly gripping historical drama.
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    Emily WheelerFilm Inquiry
    Moments where interest is snatched from the jaws of boredom come just often enough to keep you from switching to one of Netflix's many other offerings, but it's not enough to recommend starting The King in the first place.
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    Frank SwietekOne Guy's Opinion
    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.
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    Roxana HadadiPajiba
    Separate from Shakespeare's influence, The King doesn't quite work. Its greatest strength is its visual language, which focuses on the tedium of war.
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