The King
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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 father was Pastor David Sandow (William Hurt), a man of the cloth who has never taken responsibility for siring a child out of wedlock. Elvis travels to Corpus Christi, TX, to confront Sandow about his past; the pastor asks Elvis to let him break the news to his wife and children himself, and assures the young man he wants to stay in contact with him. Elvis,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A showcase for big ideas that winds up feeling empty."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"Chilling and compelling."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The degree to which this film is unsettling is testimony to the strength of the acting and direction."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"This movie creeped me out big time."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"I'm all in favor of warts-and-all depictions of Christians, but the closer you look, the more you realize that warts are all this film has to offer."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Christianity Today
"The King suffers from an overbearing sense of its own self-importance."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"It is an intelligent, disturbing thriller."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Red States' worst nightmare rules on screen."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Web Radio
"An undemanding morality tale set in the Bible Belt."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A Southwestern American pastoral of dormant menace, The King is a film of triple-dipped mood that turns on an act of shocking violence, but still seems to substitute willful indistinctness for insight."
‑ Brent Simon, Now Playing Magazine
"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."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"A deeply involving film where intentions are as cryptic as the title, and the reckoning of past sins opens fresh wounds."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Good work that, with a little more effort, could have been so much better."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"The filmmakers' stoicism finally proves insurmountable and indefatigable"
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
""The King" actually moves you, particularly because it has outstanding actors like William Hurt and Gael Garcia Bernal giving haunting, complex performances."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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