Joe the King

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64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics What's this?

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8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 5 Ratings

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  • Summary: Abused by his mother and his harsh, drunk father (Kilmer), 14-year-old Joe (Fleiss) progresses from committing petty thefts for food to stealing the cashbox from his employer to pay off his father's debts, all of which lead to disaster.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. This is a smart film, told in a minor key, that augurs well for Whaley's directing career.
  2. The movie isn't a day in the park, but it manages to close on an existentially uplifting note.
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    Whaley's self-effacing but strongly etched and wrenchingly effective film.
  4. Leads you through a miserable childhood without sentimentality or relief. The effect is torturous.
  5. 63
    14-year-old Noah Fleiss gives a performance that's every bit as astonishing as Haley Joel Osment's work in "The Sixth Sense."
  6. In the end, the film feels a little futile; its relentless, one-miserable-note tone is numbing.
  7. 30
    Without any trustworthy characters for young Joe and no actual story development, the movie drags.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Feb 24, 2013
    6
    What a depressing movie!? That poor kid! It really makes you wonder just how many kids are suffering the same way on a daily basis right underWhat a depressing movie!? That poor kid! It really makes you wonder just how many kids are suffering the same way on a daily basis right under our noses. I'll tell ya one thing, this movie sure makes you appreciate what you've got. Expand

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