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King Lear (2018)



Critic Consensus: Led by dual mesmerizing performances from Sir Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson and rounded out by a solidly stocked ensemble, this King Lear is a highly watchable adaptation.

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The 80-year-old King Lear divides his kingdom among his daughters, Goneril, Regan and Cordelia, according to their affection for him. Cordelia refuses to flatter him, so he banishes her. Having acquired power, Goneril and Regan expel their father from their homes. At the same time, Lear's prime minister, Gloucester, is betrayed by his son Edmund and his other son, Edgar, is forced to go into hiding.


Jim Broadbent
as Earl of Gloucester
Florence Pugh
as Cordelia
Jim Carter
as Earl of Kent
Tobias Menzies
as Duke of Cornwall
Anthony Calf
as Duke of Albany
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Critic Reviews for King Lear

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (11)

Yet the film is such a cracking good entertainment I barely even noticed that its world makes no sense.

November 26, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's as political a production as it needs to be, and at its best, it feels as current and as timeless as a nightmare.

November 26, 2019 | Full Review…

The whole cast - top-notch - takes Anthony Hopkins' lead and chews the scenery down to gristle and bone.

October 4, 2018 | Full Review…

The performances hold it together; this play has always been focused on human suffering. Amazon's King Lear is by no means a definitive adaptation of what is arguably the Bard's finest tragedy, but it is a thrilling and entertaining one.

October 1, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

While the language of Shakespeare can be a challenge for the modern viewer, this "King Lear" is so physical and the acting so expressive that one is never unsure of what is happening, or what devilment.

September 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Just because nobody could or should feel this is a definitive King Lear detracts only somewhat from the undeniable joy that comes from even two hours of watching Anthony Hopkins gnash his teeth, wail and go gloriously mad.

September 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for King Lear


Even with a great cast I think this adaptation falls prey to one of the greatest dangers with "King Lear" . . . getting lost in the plot when its the characters and their own little misadventures that should be the real focus. If the Fool isn't memorable, you've gone astray.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

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