The King
The King (2006)

A young man exacts a thorough revenge against the father who abandoned him in this independent drama. Elvis (Gael García Bernal) is a young man in his early twenties who, after finishing a hitch in the Navy, learns that his biological… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 10, 2006
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Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
56%
Flixster
User Score
66%


Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This disturbing film about the past coming back demanding its due evokes classical tragedy, but is ultimately too heavy-handed.

Michael Booth
Denver Post

A showcase for big ideas that winds up feeling empty.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Chilling and compelling.

Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

The degree to which this film is unsettling is testimony to the strength of the acting and direction.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

The King suffers from an overbearing sense of its own self-importance.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

It is an intelligent, disturbing thriller.

Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio

Red States' worst nightmare rules on screen.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

It really is reprehensible and disgusting, not only because we've seen far too many sociopaths in movies over the past 20 years, but because it deals with horrid clichés and presents them as something indie-hip and morally provocative.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

A deeply involving film where intentions are as cryptic as the title, and the reckoning of past sins opens fresh wounds.

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Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

Good work that, with a little more effort, could have been so much better.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Luke Baldock
Somehow against all odds The King is dark yet somehow fulfilling. Bernal is terrific in a role where he hides who he really is. His actions seem to come off… More
Daniel Parsons
Some spoilers ahead. <p>Constantly testing the limits of plausibility, <i>The King</i> largely succeeds due to the strength of the acting and… More
Kylie B
Interesting, but the dialogue seems somewhat clunky in places to me. Perhaps that's due to the upbringing of the characters, but I'm not sure. The… More
Marcus Woolcott
"from the writer of Monsters Ball" - and it shows, that guy could really do with taking a holiday, watching cartoons, getting laid, anything to cheer… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "The King", Elvis(Gael Garcia Bernal) has just been released from the navy and is heading home. Home in this case is Corpus… More
Dimitris Springer
The King is dead.Pronounce the actual king.Elvis...isn't it ironic?Whether it's fiction or not,the protagonist is a punisher,a living avenging… More

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