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All the King's Men (2006)

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Ambitious, slow-moving, trite political drama.

Movie PG-13 2006 128 minutes
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Based on 1 parent review

age 13+
Please, watch the older version of this movie. This adaptation is good, but nowhere near the caliber of the first. Some strong performances yes, but kind of boring.

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Ambitious but slow-moving and trite, All the King's Men features a strong performance by Sean Penn. And from the start, Jack takes a complicated sort of high road: The camera looks down on him as he lies in bed, describing the pursuit of "truth" in terms both ethical and professional. He pronounces that such pursuit must be premised on a belief in its potential benefit, already alluding to the great harm that befalls almost everyone in the film who uncovers secrets. What Jack leaves out is the film's more compelling lesson -- that this so-called truth is actually a fiction.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 22, 2006
  • On DVD or streaming: December 19, 2006
  • Cast: Anthony Hopkins , Jude Law , Sean Penn
  • Director: Steven Zaillian
  • Inclusion Information: Middle Eastern/North African directors
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 128 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: an intense sequence of violence, sexual content and partial nudity.
  • Last updated: January 20, 2023

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