A Hologram for the King
A Hologram for the King (2016)

Cultures collide when an American businessman (Tom Hanks) is sent to Saudi Arabia to close what he hopes will be the deal of a lifetime. Baffled by local customs and stymied by an opaque bureaucracy, he eventually finds his footing with the… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: April 22, 2016
DVD Release Date: August 9, 2016
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A Hologram for the King amiably ambles through a narrative desert, saved by an oasis of a performance from the ever-dependable Tom Hanks.

Tom Huddleston
Time Out

It's hard to imagine a more Tom Hanks-y setup than this.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

To describe this as a movie about a mediocre businessman biding his time before an appointment probably makes it sound more exciting than it is.

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Jorge Ayala Blanco
El Universal

A film that takes the unusual metaphor of contemporary man as living hologram until unexpected limit consequences. [Full review in Spanish]

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

It looks expensive and comes off bland.

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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

If it sounds like Hologram is basically about a middle-aged white guy getting his groove back in the Middle East, well, yes, it is that. But if you squint hard enough, it's also a little bit more.

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Alex Lines
Film Inquiry

A Hologram for the King features Tykwer's known style of repetition and alternative music choices, and is a sad misfire.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Not even the mighty Tom Hanks can save this scattershot adaptation of Dave Eggers' lost-soul novel

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

It's a sweet, deliberately meandering movie, and it took me a while to connect with it. But it won me over because ultimately it conveys so well that feeling of estrangement that is both terrifying and comic for any farflung traveler.

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Cathy Butler
Film Ireland Magazine

It has a certain amount of charm, mostly thanks to the cast, but ultimately A Hologram for the King is a little underwhelming.

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Tom Hanks takes us to Saudi Arabia where he's a fish-out-of-water Yank unacquainted with the local customs, some of which could be very dangerous, but… More
John C
Neither stimulating nor engaging but not offensive is the essence of mediocrity. Seems as if at the 90 minute mark the editor decided that it needed to be… More
K Nife Churchkey
Often times, I wonder why certain films needed to be or should have been made. This is one of them. Obviously, not every movie is made for me or my demographic,… More
Ian Walker
Definitely enjoyable with some comedic moments but ultimately the plot is just too familiar. It's a shame that an unusually good performance from Tom… More
Philip Price
Any film that chooses to embrace Electric Light Orchestra, or for that matter acknowledge how wonderful ELO truly is, is okay in my books. This bodes well for A… More