All The King's Men

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Released 2006

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Director:
Steven Zaillian
Released:
2006
Rating:
PG-13
All The King's Men is a 2006 drama based on the 1946 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Robert Penn Warren. The film stars Sean Penn as Willie Stark, an idealistic lawyer who is thrust into politics after a couple acquaintances pressure him to enter the race for Louisiana governor. When Stark discovers he's only in the race to split the vote along the party lines, his determination to win only strengthens. The people who pushed him to enter the race soon fear they've created a monster, as Stark turns out to be a political powerhouse, loved by the voters and ruthless in his personal life. As Stark grows older, his political power increases. His young idealism falls victim to political corruption as he governs Louisiana with an iron fist. All The King's Men is an exciting political thriller featuring an all-star ensemble cast, including appearances by Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Anthony Hopkins, Mark Ruffalo, and James Gandolfini.

Metacritic Score

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Zaillian (an Oscar winner for his "Schindler's List" screenplay) has given us an intricate, subtly rewarding narrative whose uncompromising nature and undeniable moral seriousness ...

  • 40

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Overstuffed and fatally miscast, All the King's Men never comes to life.

  • 30

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Nothing in the picture works. It is both overwrought and tedious, its complicated narrative bogging down in lyrical voiceover, long flashbacks and endless expository conversations ...

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