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  • Summary: A humorous, honest, multi-faceted look into how one man turns his midlife crisis into a midlife opportunity. (Eleveation Filmworks)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. 88
    King of the Corner is not plot-driven. It's like life: just one damned thing after another
  2. 75
    A witty and wise midlife comedy, not only represents Peter Riegert's debut as a feature director but gives this gifted veteran performer his juiciest big-screen role in quite some time.
  3. A warm, unexpectedly moving portrait of a man on the verge of what could either be a dreadful or delightful second chapter.
  4. Warm and wise comedy of middle-age malaise.
  5. It's all pleasant but fairly unimportant, and then -- POW -- comes the great scene, almost out of nowhere.
  6. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    50
    Lacks the stylistic attention to psychological distress that might have lent it maximum impact. Instead, the pic is amiable, kinda charming, visually routine, and incisive in individual sequences.
  7. But look up the word "slight" in the dictionary and you could find a still from this film.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. JayE.
    Aug 30, 2005
    5
    With the exception of Jake Hoffman, who needs a lot more time in regional theater, even if Pops can get him Hollywood parts, the acting is With the exception of Jake Hoffman, who needs a lot more time in regional theater, even if Pops can get him Hollywood parts, the acting is first rate; and a couple of scenes (the opening, the hero's impromptu funeral oration) work nicely. But hasty under-editing quickly exposes an extraordinarily weak screenplay (appearing in person at the showing I watched, Peter Riegert refused to provide any explanation for the hero's gratuitous and cruel betrayal of a former high school crush). The lighting was terrible, the print grainy, the theme confused -- a drama whose comic relief was so heavy-handed and improbable, it descended into satire.The most lasting impression I took from this sincere effort: no matter how talented, one guy, with an ultra-low budget and some pals working for scale, cannot make a worthy feature film. Sadly, the distributors who turned Riegert down were right. Expand

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