Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. 75
    Will remind filmgoers that one of the chief pleasures of going to the movies is a good old-fashioned swoon
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    A big, handsome throwback to star-powered historical costume movies.
  3. If you're seeking transcendent love this season, skip the morose "End of the Affair" and go with Anna and the King.
  4. Entertaining but predictable, and too long.
  5. Reviewed by: Marc Caro
    In the end you feel like you've been taken on a pleasing, professionally run tourist trip that let you enjoy the sights without ever really inhabiting the land.
  6. Grand entertainment in the old-fashioned sense.
  7. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    This is a smart and splendidly decorated rethinking of Anna Leonowens's famous chronicle
  8. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    It is Foster who presents the biggest single problem, delivering a monochromatic performance that finds her character not much more than flinty and strained.
  9. Yun-Fat is magnetic and majestic, and the story, no matter that it is not entirely true, continues to fascinate.
  10. Foster and Yun-Fat each show about three-quarters of their characters.
  11. 63
    The kind of unsophisticated family entertainment they supposedly don't make anymore.
  12. 60
    A musical number or two might have balanced the overdetermined politics and spectacle in this version.
  13. Has the rambling pace of an episodic 1950s costume drama.
  14. 60
    Old-fashioned Hollywood filmmaking at its best .
  15. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    Hollywood rarely mounts these lavish period epics anymore. It's nice to see them try, even if the result is somewhat less than heart-stopping.
  16. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    Cutting through the epic gesturings of Andy Tennant's direction, he (Yun-Fat Chow) provides reason enough to return one last time to this otherwise weary romance
  17. The problem with Anna and the King is that it's caught halfway between then and now--- the film tries to throw in notions of cultural relativism and big power imperialism, but can't do without corny shtick.
  18. Reviewed by: Daysun Chang
    Focuses on everything and nothing like a grown-up Disney phenom, making it a great family movie enjoyable for everyone.
  19. 59
    Despite good performances and moments of spectacle, it seems to go on longer than the Cultural Revolution.
  20. It pales in comparison to its two classic predecessors, and also just generally feels like one too many trips to the well.
  21. It's a painstakingly correct update of what is, let's face it, one of the least culturally correct love stories ever to be mythologized by Hollywood.
  22. 50
    Chow Yun-Fat is the only reason to see Anna and the King -- the only thing you'll remember from this lavish, tastefully dull movie.
  23. 50
    Dusted off for one more run-through, and for those who applauded "Titanic's" old-is-new ethos, the moth-eaten, barely breathing Anna and the King will serve as a slap in the face.
  24. Leaves an unpleasant aftertaste: viewers will find that a musical can indeed help the medicine go down
  25. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    Her (Foster's) performance is contained in a schmaltzy, ultra-elaborate, overly long production.
  26. Doesn't develop enough momentum to justify its too-long running time.
  27. Reviewed by: Gemma Files
    The lack of chemistry between he (Yun-Fat) and Foster is truly striking: so much so, in fact, that the strain of trying to manufacture some keeps her looking on the verge of outright illness throughout.
  28. Fails as the big-screen romance it wants to be. The main problem: There's only one heart between the principals, and it beats solely in Chow's chest.
  29. Reviewed by: Andy Seiler
    The movie is something of a white elephant itself, a luxuriant, lumbering behemoth. It is pleasant, occasionally amusing - and often dull.
  30. Before it runs off track--it does have some spectacular moments.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. May 24, 2014
    This is a great movie. It`s a timeless great story you can always watch.Great chemistry between the characters.When watching this movie I feltThis is a great movie. It`s a timeless great story you can always watch.Great chemistry between the characters.When watching this movie I felt like Anna taking an adventure to another land.If you want to see the King and I without the singing this is it for you. Full Review »