King of California

User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 47 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 47
  2. Negative: 10 out of 47

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  1. RitB
    Sep 30, 2007
    4
    Sideways Lite --- very lite.
  2. JayK
    Feb 7, 2008
    6
    Narration is TERRIBLE, very much like that in "Into the Wild"; somehow they made Wood seem like she was just some crappy 17-year-old actress. Michael Douglass is okay, but his character has zero dynamic range. "Manic daddy!" The script and direction are cheesmo. Camera work is lame. Pretty mediocre. Probably made my life a tiny bit worse. A lot of people will probably like it. :)
  3. JustinH.
    May 3, 2008
    6
    Good for what it is, and very watchable, but lacking in overall depth of characters and story line. After the first thirty minutes the story doesn't go much further that what is already established.
  4. DWilly
    Sep 23, 2007
    4
    Modest as you're watching it, crumby in its aftertaste. In order to justify its existence, this cutsy-quirky picture (featuring the requisite flat-voiced girl narration, no less) would have had to have had a towering performance from one or both of the leads whereas these are only just passable.
Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. 60
    The film has a great visual style and manages to show Los Angeles in a fresh way that the average Hollywood eye isn’t used to, while, on the acting front, Evan Rachel Wood surpasses Michael Douglas in scenes, solidifying herself as an actor to look out for.
  2. 75
    In updating Shakespeare’s "The Tempest," writer-director Mike Cahill focuses on the magic worth finding between a father and daughter. That’s why the film sticks with you. It’s a gift.
  3. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    70
    Douglas is a manic joy, and Wood manages to hang on for the ride.