Skip to main content


Based on 29 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( )
  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    Dark, disturbing and audaciously original in a way only indies are given license to be anymore, the film never telegraphs where it's heading. But you don't need a pathfinder to sense the general direction is toward hell. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    A darkly disturbing melodrama anchored by some powerful performances. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    It's as good as anything that Hurt has ever done -- a study in explosive understatement. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    May strain credulity, but it still leaves a memorable mark. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Surely among the darkest-themed movies ever made. show more

  • 70
    Ray Bennett The Hollywood Reporter

    Beautifully shot and well acted, the film might well cause controversy among fundamentalist believers as a provocative allegory challenging the power of faith. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 75
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Along with its allegorical elements, The King is also impressively specific in naturalistic detail. show more

  • 63
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    The King simply unsettles and bothers us -- and it finally misses both the true terror and the twisted redemption it needs for its wicked song, a would-be "Heartbreak Hotel" of horror, to really chill our spines. show more

  • 63
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Were there more meat on the bones of this fable about hypocrisy and spiritual hollowness, Marsh's pacing might seem deliberate rather then merely slow. show more

similar movies

  • Notes on a Scandal (2006)

  • The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

  • Beautiful Boy (2010)

  • On the Outs (2004)

  • Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)

Stay Connected with Moviefone

Download the Free App!

My Settings

You are currently subscribed as: {email}


Get the latest reviews, movie news, photos, and trailers sent straight to your inbox.

Weekly Newsletter

Daily alerts


You're not following any movies.

These are the movies you’re currently following.

    Update settings