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Based on 25 Reviews
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  • 25
    Wesley Morris San Francisco Chronicle

    Builds into a shapeless riff on the existentialist misery of company. show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    A deeper problem in The King Is Alive is an almost total absence of spontaneity. show more

  • 75
    Desmond Ryan Philadelphia Inquirer

    Fascinating and strangely involving piece. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    It's an excellent fusion of subject and style. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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 you like it. show more

  • 75
    Robert K. Elder Chicago Tribune

    Stands as a successful cinematic experiment and a gripping -- though a little too long -- study of humanity's most primitive instincts. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Distinguished less by its elements of melodrama and psychodrama than by its intense acting and the vivid immediacy of Levring's powerful imagery. show more

  • 75
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    Forget the bug-eating, cow-spearing and one-upsmanship of TV's "Survivor." The real results of isolation and deprivation unfold in The King is Alive: madness, suicide and murder. show more

  • 63
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Intrigues mainly for its spare style and brittle, sweat-soaked performances. show more

  • 63
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    Sinks under the weight of its ever more inescapably apparent contrivance, and its forced parallels to ''Lear.'' show more

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