All The King's Men
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All The King's Men
The legacy of a populist Southern politician whose lofty ambitions for the future leave him open to corruption and scandal is detailed as author Robert Penn Warren's thinly veiled portrait of Depression-era Louisiana governor Huey Long comes to the screen -- again -- this time courtesy of director and screenwriter Steven Zaillian. Willie Stark (Sean Penn) is a man of the people, and for the people; at least that's what he tells the people. Propelled into a race for governor by opposing forces looking to split the "hick vote," Stark is convinced by a handler -- as well as by… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 11%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What should have been an incisive study of the American political scene turns out a lumbering celluloid white elephant."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"All the King's Men was suspended in editing limbo for nearly a year, and the final result only makes the mind reel at what it could have been carved from."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"There's a good movie in here somewhere but Zaillian's muddied storytelling and lack of focus hides it beyond recall."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
""All the King's Men" is a grand scale embarrassment."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"A "shouty" film... a bit too long, a bit heavy handed with the rhetoric."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"The film isn't dreadful: it is just generally disappointing."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"It's Zaillian's overdirection that cooks this whole mess into a flavorless gumbo. He never shows you something just once when he could show it twice and never leaves a point unhammered home."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"All the King's Men is a dull movie, mainly due to the fact that it is full of boring characters which are poorly written by writer/director Steven Zaillian and led by an underwhelming Jude Law."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Mesmo que não o comparemos ao clássico de 49, este filme constrange pelo roteiro confuso, pela montagem artificial, pelas atuações decepcionantes e pela trilha excessiva, salvando-se apenas a bela fotografia."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Leaves out too much of the story to really work. Why are these people doing what they're doing? If I hadn't seen the 1949 version first, I would not have known."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"The director can't seem to find a natural rhythm for the movie -- it's portentous and vague at the same time."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"All the King's Men is full of bits that work; unfortunately, they never quite add up to a whole."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Static and dreary, drained of juice and drenched in "respectable" lighting"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"...a lush melodrama about the corruptibility of us all."
‑ Brandon Fibbs,
"As much an old-fashioned potboiler as it is a political morality tale."
‑ Rex Roberts, Film Journal International
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