The King Reviews

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August 24, 2018
You'll be intrigued. You will not be bored. But you probably won't be convinced.
August 23, 2018
Just when we thought it was impossible to say something new about Elvis Presley, documentary film-maker Eugene Jarecki pulls it off...
August 23, 2018
An ambitious state-of-the-nation vehicle that sometimes veers off-course.
July 27, 2018
The insistence may inspire a furrowed brow here, a rolled eye there, and a shaken fist or knowing nod over yonder, but there's enough earnest comment and good music to make the effort worth seeing and chewing over.
July 13, 2018
Provocative and at times unwieldy, The King is something of a stoned CNN Special Report on wheels.
July 12, 2018
Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki does something rather unusual with The King, which becomes something extraordinary and insightful.
July 12, 2018
At its best, "The King" is a fever dream of American glory and American weirdness - between which there can be an even thinner line than the one separating love from hate.
June 28, 2018
With an insistence that borders almost comically on obsession, [director Eugene Jarecki] forces the singer's life into a larger theory of national decline-the American dream is dead, and Elvis is the emblem of its passing.
June 26, 2018
...the movie does so in painfully simplistic terms, with encyclopedia-style snippets of history, authentically pained but insubstantial musings on "how we got here," and an odd reliance on the comments of celebrities who lack any Presley connection...
June 24, 2018
So vast it often strains to make connections, but its form-an intricate intersecting montage, a flashcard bombardment of images and clips-keeps the film chugging along, just like Elvis Presley's 1963 Rolls-Royce Phantom V.
June 24, 2018
It's hard to pinpoint exactly when Eugene Jarecki's one-of-a-kind doc on the rise and fall of Elvis turns into a metaphor for Trump's America, but when it happens - kapow!
Top Critic
June 22, 2018
What carries us through this mad experiment is a sense of commonality through the oral tradition, a reminder that Elvis's story is one of our shared myths.
June 21, 2018
Perceptive, probing and ultimately devastating, The King is for anyone who cares about where this country has been and where it's headed.
June 21, 2018
The journey is the destination in a movie that gives you plenty to think about and argue with, as it racks up the miles and people clamber in and out of both the Rolls and the movie.
June 21, 2018
The overall merging of the two stories offers deeper insight into the fall of both the King and the country as a whole.
June 20, 2018
What could have been a gentle, personal travelogue is reworked and reworked until it's often guilty of the last sin of Elvis - excess.
June 19, 2018
I'd probably love this film's wandering spirit and Elvis-is-everywhere philosophizing if it were half as fast or twice as long, if it pinned any thought down long enough to really TCB.
March 29, 2018
Like the director's other projects, this is intelligent and ambitious, but the cultural insights are too familiar to merit yet another trek through Presley's troubled life.
June 2, 2017
Two elements - America and Elvis - come together in ticklish, surprising ways that expand and delight your perceptions.
May 26, 2017
Big, bold and overreaching, in love with but also skeptical of its own central metaphor of Elvis' career as a version of America's own history.
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