King David
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Director Bruce Beresford has safely stayed within the domain of the Bible and not strayed into patches of Hollywood fiction in this routine version of the story of David (Richard Gere). For that reason, anyone unfamiliar with Biblical history might be puzzled by the episodic presentation of David's life. In the opening scenes, Samuel condemns Saul and anoints the young David as his heir, and in fairly quick succession David slays Goliath, incurs Saul's jealous wrath, leaves, and, much later, comes back to rule after Saul has died. Once David is on the throne, Bathsheba and then Absalom… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 8%

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"Though the overall problems may not be of his making, Richard Gere is of little help in the title role. Granted, he could have been truly awful (which he isn't), but he doesn't seem comfortable, either."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The film is stuffed with anonymous, identically bearded faces, and it drowns in them."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Why on earth Gere decided to slip into his loincloth and do the samba across the screen is anyone's guess, but it's part of the enduring mystery that is King David."
‑ , Film4
"It seems a fundamental error to approach such a gory fantasia as though it were sober, four-square history."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Little more than a timeline doodle instead of a deep and meaningful portrait."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Apollo Guide
"Directed by Bruce Beresford in the worried manner of someone who feels it a triumph just to have gotten all the kings, prophets, soldiers, frond-waving townspeople, horses and donkeys on and off the screen on time."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"What were they thinking?"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
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