King of the Hill Synopsis
A bright boy (Jesse Bradford) from a troubled family grows up in a seedy hotel in 1930s St. Louis.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
This story of a 12-year-old boy who drops through the net of middle-class life invites us-in each shimmering frame-to gaze upon the world...
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100

Variety

By Todd McCarthy
King of the Hill has all the rich satisfactions of a fine novel.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
King of the Hill could have been a family picture, or a heartwarming TV docudrama, or a comedy. Soderbergh must have seen more deeply into...
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90

The Dissolve

By Noel Murray
Part period piece and part coming-of-age story, King Of The Hill balances an incident-packed script with muted tones, painting a rich,...
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90

Washington Post

By Desson Thomson
It's his best work by far.
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90

The New York Times

By Janet Maslin
With warmth, wit and none of the usual overlay of nostalgia, King of the Hill presents the scary yet liberating precariousness of life on...
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88

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

There are no false Hollywood dramatics, no musical cues telling us how we should feel about this boy's battle for dignity and a place in...
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The narrative is presented in a straightforward manner; Soderbergh doesn't employ any unusual chronologies. His style is frank, not quirky,...
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Fury, I Am a Fugitive, Wild Boys of the Road and Emperor of the North come immediately to mind as definitive Depression movies. This little...
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78

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
A far cry from his earlier films sex, lies, and videotape and Kafka, Soderbergh skillfully pulls off what could have ended up as a sappy...
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Rated PG-13