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179 Ratings

A Hologram For The King

Directed by Tom Tykwer
United Kingdom, United States, 2015


A failed American businessman looks to recoup his losses by traveling to Saudi Arabia and selling his idea to a wealthy monarch.

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A Hologram For The King Directed by Tom Tykwer

Awards & Festivals

German Film Awards

2016 | 2 wins including: Best Editing

2016 | Nominee: Outstanding Feature Film

There are moments here that brush on the Kafkaesque and the Beckettian, though in sum total the film is an unhappily Eggers-esque experience – as in Dave Eggers, from whose 2012 novel the movie has been adapted. In practical terms, this means some wistful ruminations on American Life Today, on-the-nose character names (‘Clay’, as in malleable), more than a dollop of melancholia and an abundance of winsome, aggressively touching characterization.
June 03, 2016
Even when it’s mining topics like public executions and car-bombing for humor, the film has a light touch that’s neither PC nor offensive, since it’s not trying to be either. There’s no telling when the Godot-like King will show up, and there’s an appealing, Groundhog Day mundanity to the waiting routines of Hanks (excellent here), and unpredictable, non-mugging comic work by his freelance driver (Alexander Black).
April 29, 2016
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The film avoids offensive exoticization, though mainly because of its overall inconsequence. A Hologram For The King is a 97-minute movie that feels like it was cut down from two-hours-plus, with whole subplots reduced or jettisoned in what was likely an arduous post-production period.
April 21, 2016
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