• Released
  • May 19, 2006
  • 1 hr 15 min
  • Documentary
    Drama
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The King Synopsis
A young man tells a preacher that he is the man's illegitimate son.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
May strain credulity, but it still leaves a memorable mark.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
William Hurt can be so subterranean we don't know where he's tunneling. Here he seems to be one thing while becoming its opposite.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
It's as good as anything that Hurt has ever done -- a study in explosive understatement.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Dark, disturbing and audaciously original in a way only indies are given license to be anymore, the film never telegraphs where it's...
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Surely among the darkest-themed movies ever made.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Along with its allegorical elements, The King is also impressively specific in naturalistic detail.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
Beautifully shot and well acted, the film might well cause controversy among fundamentalist believers as a provocative allegory challenging...
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
In James Marsh's The King, the usually wonderful Gael Garcia Bernal is all wrong for the role of Elvis Valderez.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A darkly disturbing melodrama anchored by some powerful performances.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Just about the only way to make sense of the film is to view its Christian family the way that the director, James Marsh, does -- with a...
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