88

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Wood is excellent, but this is a career highlight for Douglas. His depiction of the manic Charlie stays surprisingly grounded and prevents the story from being a naive celebration of mental illness as a kind of freedom that it so easily could have become.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
It's as if the star (Douglas) finally gets to integrate all his onscreen personas, all at once.
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75

Premiere

By Glenn Kenny
The result is enjoyable and frequently affecting. The one weak note is Douglas' performance — he does more than phone it in, but his essential Douglas-ness makes the character less believable than he might have been.
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75

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Cahill deserves major credit for keeping the story from becoming mawkish or twee. He was also wise enough to realize it's Douglas' show, and as soon as he steps into the frame, you'll know it, too.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The treasure of the film is the unearthing of the family bond, magically played by Douglas and Wood.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
Mike Cahill's King of California reminds me of those '70s-era pictures beloved of the counterculture about appealing rebels who go down in flames of moral victory.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
When you stand back a step from the movie, you admire Douglas and Wood for starting with potentially unplayable characters, and playing them so well we actually care about a quest that, in a way, seems more designed for Abbott and Costello.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
In updating Shakespeare’s "The Tempest," writer-director Mike Cahill focuses on the magic worth finding between a father and daughter. That’s why the film sticks with you. It’s a gift.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
A flaky, tedious, intermittently likable fable about being crazy in a crazy world.
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63

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The movie develops in two pieces - one dealing with the quest for the hidden riches and once concentrating on the relationship between father and daughter. The latter works; the former doesn't.
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63 out of 100
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