Night of the Kings

critic Reviews

, 98% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • A restless and riveting fable, Night of Kings sees writer-director Philippe Lacôte in full command of his craft.
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    Beatrice LoayzaAV Club
    Night Of The Kings captures the elusive recent past of Ivorian political turmoil. It's also, perhaps just as significantly, an entrancingly fun time at the movies.
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    Katie WalshTribune News Service
    A power struggle and a ritual practiced by the collective within a microcosm of society housed under the oppression of the state, and a powerful demonstration of the transporting, and liberating, power of narrative.
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    Sheri FlandersChicago Reader
    Director Phillipe Lacôte balances despair and levity, humanizing the forgotten through a potent blend of African fables, improvisation, and hope-however fleeting.
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    Valerie ComplexConsequence of Sound
    The film succeeds in this measure by giving every single performer a distinct personality no matter the screen time.
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    Robert DanielsRogerEbert.com
    An assured, energetic piece of epic filmmaking, one that celebrates how storytelling, oration, and folklore teach us about our past so we might change our present.
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    Nicolas RapoldNew York Times
    Philippe Lacôte's restless film - a rare United States release from Ivory Coast - braids together its struggles for survival to suggest an entire country fighting to emerge.
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    Rich ClineShadows on the Wall
    Beautifully written and directed by Philippe Lacote, the film features a thunderous ensemble of characters.
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    Josh LarsenLarsenOnFilm
    Part poetry slam, part dance performance, part survivalist nightmare...
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    Robin CliffordReeling Reviews
    "Night of the Kings" is the foreign language submission from the Ivory Coast and [Philippe] Lacote and his dynamic cast and crew make it a worthy entry.
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    Sarah ManvelCritic's Notebook
    But whether the stories are old folk tales, or brutal crimes freshly witnessed, Mr. Lacôte's direction combines everyday realism with stylized horror.
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