King of the Hill

King of the Hill

1993
Drama
History
1h 43m
A young boy struggles on his own in a run-down hotel after his parents and younger brother are individually separated from which is set in the 1930s Depression-era Midwest.
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King of the Hill

1993
Drama
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1h 43m
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Rated 29 Mar 2020
75
83rd
It would be a kids' film but for a few mature moments. Interesting to see the Depression juxtaposed with the innocence of childhood, similar to The Florida Project. Good cast of characters made the neighborhood believable. Didn't care for the feel good ending. Fav scene: dinner party at Katherine Heigl's home.
Rated 22 Aug 2013
95
93rd
One of Soderbergh's best. Like a mixture of Spielberg and Barton Fink. The quick and heartbreaking shattering of childhood innocence in the Depression era. Fantastic performances from the whole cast (loved seeing Spalding Gray), with Jesse Bradford being very impressive. It's a very warm and resonant film. You could think the ending is a copout but I saw it as a relief.
Rated 17 Sep 2007
70
63rd
solid drama
Rated 24 May 2020
60
32nd
A very competent piece technically (lots of Coen brothers in its DNA), but the whiplash between carefree twee childhood and straight-up morbidity (this kid is eating pictures of food!) is more jarring than enlightening.
Rated 06 Nov 2019
70
73rd
Lovely and intriguing film, good protagonists and environment. The score and camera work make it especially enjoyable and mellow.
Rated 27 Feb 2023
69
51st
With the story centered around a kid trying to survive under difficult circumstances, it does really manage to push in the point of personal struggles. The main character is not perfect and is built in a way that gives the viewer time to understand all their quirks. It did feel a bit too slow and drawn out for me at times, though, so I wasn't 100% into it. It's still a decent movie from a director that usually goes for entirely different moods.
Rated 02 Apr 2024
89
74th
Rated 27 Mar 2024
60
29th
Rated 02 May 2013
55
53rd
It occurs to me to wonder if, when pitching this film, the director was in the middle of explaining the ways in which it was to be a blistering critique of poverty and inequality when, suddenly, he paused, and announced, in a kind of epiphany, "But you know, at the end of the day, this is a movie about hope." As seems the norm with this filmmaker, his intelligence means that obvious pitfalls are avoided, but no great heights are reached either. Still, there's something affecting about it.
Rated 28 Jul 2013
48
17th
I guess it's competently made - not necessarily bad as such - but I just couldn't connect with it. There was some interesting characterisation going on but it's largely ignored in favour of a more standard plot. It's done well but I found it uninteresting - and it had so much potential, with the inclusion of Spalding Gray or the protagonist's imagination. Unimpressed and disappointed by what could have been a very sharp film but what is instead by-the-numbers.
Rated 20 Apr 2008
60
47th
Competent, but there's not much here
Rated 25 Feb 2010
85
96th
King of the Hill is little-seen and underrated and nothing like anything else in Soderbergh's oeuvre. Yet it's a fantastic film all the same.
Rated 03 Sep 2013
75
74th
Great feelgood movie, with some dark sides. A boy against the world! Loved the performances of Brody and Krabbé. Not boring for a second and actually an instant LEGENDARY movie! How can you not be impressed? Soderbergh's masterpiece!
Rated 04 Jul 2021
80
76th
Takes us into the experience of growing up with food, housing, and parental insecurity during the depression. Despite the considerable hardships of several characters, it also somehow manages to show positivity and not be acutely depressing.
Rated 01 Jul 2021
75
76th
Adrian Brody before he was famous. Interestingly, Brody and Bradford had worked together in a film a year earlier called The Boy Who Cried Bitch.
Rated 12 Feb 2013
75
58th
A moving Depression-era drama, about a kid (Bradford) that gets essentially left on his own without any help. It's a pretty easy drama with the subject, but Soderbergh helps it out with the strength of his shots behind the camera.
Rated 22 Jan 2015
78
53rd
May very well be the warmest film Soderbergh ever made, but despite a score that sometimes gets too cute/jaunty and what appears to be a pretty typical coming-of-age story on paper, this isn't just some sentimental period piece. Soderbergh is keen to show the hardship and pain inherent in the story, and there's more darkness and ambiguity than you might think. Not a particularly ambitious film but one with a lot of craft and heart.
Rated 02 Jan 2007
85
78th
O inventor de ilusões estreava há 30 anos nos EUA. Tinha apagado inteiramente da memória e o revisitando pude constatar que é um dos trabalhos mais sólidos do Soderbergh, o Jesse Bradford, então com 14 anos, carrega o filme nas costas. RARBG.
Rated 30 Dec 2021
75
59th
The warm grading and expensive look of the film are just some sleight of hand for Soderbergh to land his morbid payoff. I wish the ending wasn't so tidy.
Rated 29 Nov 2009
70
82nd
Very entertaining with great display of talent all round.
Rated 08 Aug 2017
80
72nd
No propane and propane accessories found here, just pain and pain accessories
Rated 01 Jan 2011
83
74th
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Rated 26 Jan 2015
91
91st
An excellent story about a young boy during the depression who is left to fend for himself by circumstances. Jesse Bradford does a find job acting and is quite young in this, as is Katherine Heigl. Elizabeth McGovern was a beautiful hooker. Adrien Brody was also entertaining as the older neighborhood friend. A heart warming story, as you watch the smart young boy struggle to overcome poverty, loss and hunger while waiting for his father to return home.
Rated 25 May 2009
81
68th
Soderbergh gets at the enveloping hopelessness of the Great Depression without getting too pushy. He just tells the story with shrewd writing and elegant shot construction. The acting slips a little here and there, but in all other respects the execution matches the sterling intent. It's not one of Soderbergh's better known works, but it's a splendid evidence of his value and importance as a filmmaker.

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