Life of a King Synopsis
The unlikely true story of Eugene Brown and his one-man mission to give inner-city kids of Washington D.C. something he never had – a future.
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Washington Post

By Michael O'Sullivan
The film is an effective, even heartwarming, tale of one man’s commitment to teaching that playing by the rules is more important than...
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Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
Gooding brings just enough streetwise credibility to make Brown work.
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60

The New York Times

By Miriam Bale
Mr. Gooding’s performance and his complex charisma are fascinating to watch throughout.
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50

The Dissolve

By Nathan Rabin
Life Of A King manages to sustain a hilariously over-the-top tone of naked sincerity from start to finish.
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50

RogerEbert.com

Brown's story is a good one, though, and solid performances — especially from star Cuba Gooding Jr. — elevate the film slightly above the...
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Village Voice

By Sherilyn Connelly
Life of a King isn't setting out to reinvent cinema, or even a genre, but rather just to be a moderately uplifting tale that makes watching...
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Slant Magazine

Any potential flights of invention or creativity are subordinate to the plain and emphatic delivery of life lessons.
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a underrated but a great movie

By emillermusic
This movie didn't get a lot of publicity (not surprised anyway). Strong plot and acting. So sad that African-American movies (especially the positive ones) don't receive enough of attention . I'm...

Wish it was here.

By Raymond1906
It's disappointing that they did not show this movie here in my area. The movie seems to be very good from the pre-views....

Jinxmomma

By rjenkins84
Great film based on the true story of ex-con Eugene Brown and his creation of the Big Chair Chess Club....

Needs to be watched!

By Burquidi
Sad that such a great movie gets no publicity!! This positive movie should be recommended by all who've seen it!! Please take your family to watch this story that inspires!...

Inspirational Movie

By naielah
I was very inspired by this movie....

Lone surviver

By ycastaneda12
Amazing movie ,must watch...

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Rated PG-13 | For Thematic Elements, All Involving Teens, Some Drug Content and Brief Violent Images
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Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+ Sentimental, formulaic tale of an inspiring chess teacher.
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