Anna and the King
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The true story of Anna Leonowens' experiences as a governess to the children of an eccentric Asian king has been adapted into a book of memoirs, a biography, a stage play called Anna and the King of Siam -- which was adapted into a 1946 film, a stage musical called The King and I -- made into both the live-action The King and I (1956)) and the animated The King and I (1999) feature films, and a short-lived 1972 TV series. Now the story is brought to the screen yet again, as Jodie Foster stars as Leonowens, hired by the king of Thailand (Chow Yun-Fat) in the 19th century to help care for… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 51%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Foster, I believe, sees right through this material and out the other side, and doesn't believe in a bit of it."
‑ Roger Ebert, At the Movies
"Holds its own against the beloved 1956 musical The King and I."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Handsome and well-appointed ... but still one of the most boring films in recent memory."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"A deliberate retelling of 'The King and I' without the musical interludes. 'Anna and the King' is a slow, but ultimately rewarding period drama."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Here is an old-fashioned costume drama with sumptuous sets, stirring music, and beguiling landscapes."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The new movie offers old-fashioned kinds of pleasures."
‑ Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune
"A richly satisfying mix of history, drama and romance."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"A grand retelling of an iconic story."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"... the pacing of the film is slow enough to make the typical Merchant-Ivory production feel like a Nine Inch Nails video"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Forget what you've heard - this is something special"
‑ Andrew Howe,
"Anna and the King is nothing but old-fashioned but it's old-fashioned in a glorious way."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"Intense, mature version of The King and I."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"The third major screen version of the story, has much to recommend it."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"Classic tale gets a beautiful -- and unnecessary -- retelling."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"Es la historia de un amor que rompe las barreras del tiempo y el espacio y que nos recuerda que lo más importante que puede tener una persona son sus emociones"
‑ Jorge Avila Andrade, Moviola
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