All the King's Men 1949

Critics score:
97 / 100

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Bosley Crowther, New York Times: Mr. Rossen has assembled in this starkly unprettified film a piece of pictorial journalism that is remarkable for its brilliant parts. Read more

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader: Today, its realism seems bland, its moralizing forced. Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: A poisonous political process from our not-so-distant past dominates Robert Rossen's classic film about the rise of a Southern demagogue. Read more

Kate Cameron, New York Daily News: It is one of the most vital and honest films to come out of Hollywood in a long time. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Not only has this movie stood the test of time, but its content is as uncomfortable and relevant today as it was the day the film premiered. Read more

Tom Milne, Time Out: A fine adaptation of Robert Penn Warren's Pulitzer novel. Read more

William Brogdon, Variety: It is a film that vividly impresses, with dramatic sureness the chicanery of politics as have been practiced in the past and may crop up again. Read more