• Released
  • May 11, 2001
  • R , 1 hr 49 min
  • Drama
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Janet McTeer displays Amazonian power while Jennifer Jason Leigh tears into her role as a high maintenance creature with a ferocity that...
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Robert K. Elder
Stands as a successful cinematic experiment and a gripping -- though a little too long -- study of humanity's most primitive instincts.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Distinguished less by its elements of melodrama and psychodrama than by its intense acting and the vivid immediacy of Levring's powerful...
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75

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
Forget the bug-eating, cow-spearing and one-upsmanship of TV's "Survivor." The real results of isolation and deprivation unfold in The King...
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It doesn't make the slightest effort to cater to conventional appetites. But the more you appreciate what they're trying to do, the more...
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Desmond Ryan
Fascinating and strangely involving piece.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
It's an excellent fusion of subject and style.
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63

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Sinks under the weight of its ever more inescapably apparent contrivance, and its forced parallels to ''Lear.''
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40

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A deeper problem in The King Is Alive is an almost total absence of spontaneity.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Wesley Morris
Builds into a shapeless riff on the existentialist misery of company.
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Rated R | For sexuality and language