King of Texas

2002

Drama / Western

3
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 50% · 6 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 42% · 1K ratings
IMDb Rating 6.3/10 10 763 763

Director

Top cast

Lauren Holly as Mrs. Rebecca Lear Highsmith
Marcia Gay Harden as Mrs. Susannah Lear Tumlinson
Patrick Stewart as John Lear
720p.BLU 1080p.BLU
839 MB
1280*720
English 2.0
NR
25 fps
1 hr 31 min
Seeds 11
1.52 GB
1920*1080
English 2.0
NR
25 fps
1 hr 31 min
Seeds 20

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by JEdwardP 6 / 10

Good, but not enough to overcome the setting

The film does a fair job showing the effect of madness on Lear, but a more gradual descent would've been better. The film's best work is done in showing that the madness takes hold as his role as a father is peeled away, and shows in him this lack of a connective identity, which Shakespeare seemed to suggest could lead to madness in any person.

The film also does well in showing Westmore as a mirror of Lear, so it's worth watching---once.

The post-Alamo setting seems silly to me, as it reminds me too much of TNT's "Ebenezer", their poor 1997 old-west adaptation of "A Christmas Carol." I feel the film would've been better in a modern setting, with Lear as business executive, let's say.

The source is classic, and the acting is good, but it's misplacement can't be overcome enough to call it an excellent film.

Reviewed by =G= 6 / 10

Little more than a novelty.

"King of Texas" is a knock-off of Shakespeare's "King Lear" which sports an excellent cast, a sterling performance by Stewart, and solid art and technicals all on location in Mexico. Unfortunately the film was a bad idea as Shakespeare and Texas have just about nothing in common and the breeding of those incongruous elements results in an unwieldy and unattractive progeny. Most would agree that much of the beauty of the Bard's work is in the prose and "King of Texas" makes that point clear as it fails to achieve more than a modicum of entertainment while looking silly against its Mexican backdrop with obvious histrionics, gushing theatrics, and staginess ad nauseam. A novelty watch for the curious at best. (B-)

Reviewed by slightlymad22 7 / 10

Scheider Shines

I watched this movie on TV last night, I went in blind, all I knew was it was a re-imagining of Shakespeare's King Lear and it starred Patrick Stewart and Roy Scheider. That was enough for me, so I gave it a chance and was pleased I did.

Roy Scheider is simply wonderful here, stealing the movie right from under the nose of Patrick Stewart, which is no easy feat (even with his dodgy accent) because Stewart is on top form here too.

Your heart just goes out to him. You just want to help him. One complaint I did have was, he gets so far gone in such a short amount of time.

A good effort and worth a watch at least once.

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