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173 Ratings

Outlaw King

Directed by David Mackenzie
United Kingdom, United States, 2018


A true David v Goliath story of how the great 14th Century Scottish ‘Outlaw King’ Robert The Bruce used cunning and bravery to defeat and repel the much larger and better equipped occupying English army.

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Outlaw King Directed by David Mackenzie
Outlaw King might be summarized as one big lapse in good sense for David Mackenzie (Asylum, Spread, Starred Up), one of the finest English-language directors to emerge in the past two decades. Viewers who have followed his unpredictable (and always perceptive) career will be shocked by how conventional this film is in its storytelling.
November 20, 2018
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For all its melodramatic tension and visceral force, the movie lacks the sturdy vision or conviction that would connect the audience to it emotionally and also provide lasting, cumulative power.
November 09, 2018
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The camerawork is occasionally knotty—maybe to try to make up for the rote nature of the writing. The overtly choreographed opening scene, for example, is a twirling, single-take roundelay of heavy-handed political maneuvering and camera prowess that sets all the movie’s conflicts into motion with a swift kick. There’s not much meaning behind it. But it makes the movie stand out.
November 09, 2018
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