All The King's Men
All The King's Men (2006)

The legacy of a populist Southern politician whose lofty ambitions for the future leave him open to corruption and scandal is detailed as author Robert Penn Warren's thinly veiled portrait of Depression-era Louisiana governor Huey Long… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 22, 2006
DVD Release Date: December 19, 2006
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Critic Score: 11% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With a scenery-chewing performance from Sean Penn, an absence of political insight, and an overall lack of narrative cohesiveness, these Men give Oscar bait a bad name.

Trevor Johnston
Time Out

What should have been an incisive study of the American political scene turns out a lumbering celluloid white elephant.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

All the King's Men was suspended in editing limbo for nearly a year, and the final result only makes the mind reel at what it could have been carved from.

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Joshua Starnes

There's a good movie in here somewhere but Zaillian's muddied storytelling and lack of focus hides it beyond recall.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

The film isn't dreadful: it is just generally disappointing.

Dana Stevens

It's Zaillian's overdirection that cooks this whole mess into a flavorless gumbo. He never shows you something just once when he could show it twice and never leaves a point unhammered home.

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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

All the King's Men is a dull movie, mainly due to the fact that it is full of boring characters which are poorly written by writer/director Steven Zaillian and led by an underwhelming Jude Law.

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David Denby
New Yorker

The director can't seem to find a natural rhythm for the movie -- it's portentous and vague at the same time.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

All the King's Men is full of bits that work; unfortunately, they never quite add up to a whole.

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Fernando F. Croce

Static and dreary, drained of juice and drenched in "respectable" lighting

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Flixster Audience Score: 40% Flixster User Reviews
Conner Rainwater
I know I might be in the minority, but I loved every minute of this. The acting was terrific and it was a perfect neo-noir story. I liked the idea of seeing the… More
Lady D'arbanville
With an all star cast led by Sean Penn (who yet again pulls off a great performance), this film requires your full undivided attention. Based on the 1946 novel… More
Tim Salmons
All of the talent but none of the substance would be a good way to describe this film.
Craig Sutcliffe
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Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"Time brings all things to light."</i> The legacy of a populist Southern politician whose lofty ambitions for the future leave him… More
Michael S
This movie looked so promising when it was first announced. But a few delays and rewrite later, this is what we're left with.