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Based on 22 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 4 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    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. show more

  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    The treasure of the film is the unearthing of the family bond, magically played by Douglas and Wood. show more

  • 75
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 88
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    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. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 75
    Glenn Kenny Premiere

    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. show more

  • 63
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    A flaky, tedious, intermittently likable fable about being crazy in a crazy world. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    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. show more

  • 50
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    If you're looking for a screwball comedy about bipolar disorder -- and who among us is not? -- then this picture fits the bill fine. However, if you're picky enough to want a good screwball comedy about bipolar disorder, well, I'm afraid the wait continues. show more

  • April 24, 2010 vezinaudl
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    Loved it! Simple magnificent acting.

  • May 22, 2008 waf375
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    This is a slow moving story with predictable results. Rachel Evan Wood and Michael Douglas do a good job of handeling their roles. The story line is predictable and plodding yet developes the bond between the father and daughter in a touching way. To me the pay off is the ending scene. If you have been paying attention it is a touching way to end. Overall I liked the movie very much. Anyone who can't sit back and let the story develope will be disappointed but those of you who allow a movie to slowly set up its pay off will be delighted.

  • May 22, 2008 tally714
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    This movie was much better than I had expected. Jodie Foster deserves an Oscar for her performance. Terrence Howard did a great job also. The story was very compelling and the time flew by too quickly. The ending was perfect. The language and the violence were a little rough but at least Hollywood used some common sense this time and gave it an R rating instead of a PG-13. Overall, it was a great movie.

  • May 22, 2008 whun
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    I can't believe this received an A rating. BORING!

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