One Night With the King
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When a beautiful young slave girl learns that her people are about to fall victim to a horrible act of genocide, she will be forced to choose between realizing her wildest dreams or stepping into the pages of history to embrace her destiny in an epic tale of one young girl who rises from peasant to princess to claim the heart of a king. Esther was born an exquisite beauty, but her people have been enslaved by the most powerful kingdom on the planet and her parents executed before she ever had a chance to truly know them. Subsequently taken in by her kindly uncle, a royal scribe, Esther is soon… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 19%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Why another version of this oft-filmed tale?"
‑ Sam Adams, Los Angeles Times
"Unfortunately [O'Toole and Sharif are] separated by five centuries, and never share a scene. For a movie with the most righteous of intentions, that's perhaps the most grievous moviemaking sins of all."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Brave heroine risks it all in biblical epic."
‑ Jane Boursaw, Common Sense Media
"a welcome and honorable telling of the Purim story."
‑ Willie Waffle,
"It's that slavish refusal to detour from the most conservative possible interpretation of such events that ultimately makes One Night With the King little more than a dolled-up, oversimplified sermon."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
"The movie devolves into a talky, static affair featuring a cast with wildly varying accents and acting abilities."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"The cinematography and sets look great, but the script is a bummer. It's overlong, overwrought and overblown."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Less a celebration than a lively college lecture, with CGI standing in for landscapes, panoramas and a cast of thousands."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
"All the production money in the world isn't going to get this magnificent looking biblical clunker past the critics."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"While Dupont is lovely and sweet, the script leaves her motivations largely open and she's not enough of an actress to fill in the blanks."
‑ Dave Tianen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Esther's triumph isn't because of divine intervention. It's her humanity and bravery that make her a legend, and make that One Night worth remembering, 2,500 years later."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"In itself, it's a riveting story. Unfortunately, director Michael Sajbel has envisioned an overwrought Lifetime movie of the week, complete with an Esther who could be a cast member of Laguna Beach and a king notable only for his washboard abs."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"The film is an exercise in overblown and overplayed."
‑ David Cornelius,
"The performances are all solid, although the screenplay frequently bogs down with the complexity of palace intrigues and plots that could have been rendered more consumer-friendly."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"...visually lavish but dramatically clumsy."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
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