The King of Marvin Gardens 1972

Critics score:
71 / 100

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Roger Greenspun, New York Times: Rafelson's kind of poetic realism, an accuracy in the treatment of unexpected settings, looked like quality to some in Five Easy Pieces two years back. Now it looks like the most pretentious of tired cliches. Read more

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader: The film is talky and often abrasive, but it sticks in the mind. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: Bob Rafelson's The King of Marvin Gardens is a perversely satisfying movie -- it works after going out of its way not to -- and a very eccentric one. Read more

Tom Huddleston, Time Out: An odd, unsettling movie overall, vague in its characterisation and narrative, dotted with bewildering asides and lacking any real warmth or humour. Read more

Variety Staff, Variety: Admirers of director Bob Rafelson's previous feature, Five Easy Pieces, will be stunned by the tedious pretensions of his newest effort. Read more