King of the Hill
King of the Hill (1993)

Steven Soderbergh, after the success of sex, lies, and videotape and the commercial failure of Kafka, pulls a rabbit out of his hat with this quiet and evocative recollection of a childhood lived in the Depression, based on A. E.… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 9, 1994
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A subtle, affecting, character-driven coming-of-age story, King of the Hill is one of Steven Soderbergh's best and most criminally overlooked films.

Janet Maslin
New York Times

The film does a lovely job of juxtaposing the sharp contrasts in Aaron's life, and in marveling at the fact that he survives as buoyantly as he does.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

It's his best work by far.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

It all seemed like an oddly straightforward ... choice for Soderbergh at the time, but he has proven since then that his lateral range is almost immeasurable.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

A remarkable odyssey about a resilient young hero who uses both his imagination and his sense of reality to survive.

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Richard Harrington
Washington Post

The slow-paced King of the Hill is a feel-good fable in which it's difficult to work up any worry over a boy with clearly unsinkable spirits.

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve

King Of The Hill balances an incident-packed script with muted tones, painting a rich, absorbing picture of one boy's struggle to live by his wits.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

With the kind of material you'd never dream of associating with him, Soderbergh has made his best film.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

one of Soderbergh's best films: a painterly, thoughtful, and subtly emotional portrait of preadolescent coming of age in dire circumstances

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

To revisit King of the Hill—or to discover it—is to realize how seldom American cinema deems it worthwhile to tell a child's story with anything approaching serious psychological intent. [Criterion Blu-ray/DVD]

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
Steven Soderbergh's third feature film seems to have just gone completely under the radar...and that's a shame. Adapted from A. E. Hotchner's… More
Deb S
A fascinating film, set in the 1930s Depression-era setting about life in St-Louis see it through the eyes of a 12 years old, excellently played by (Aaron)… More
Melvin White
"When the world turns upside down, the trick is to come out on top." King of the Hill is another under appreciated and under seen Steven Soderbergh… More
Stephen Earnest
"King of the Hill" is endearing, delicate, and a real heart-warmer. Steven Soderbergh has done almost everything right with this one, and despite a a… More
Arash Xak
Dunno why but it kinda reminded me of Amelie but of course with less sugar which is a good thing
Anthony Valletta
Why this film hasn't had more acclaim, I will never know.