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The King's Daughter (2022)



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Known as The Sun King, Louis XIV (Pierce Brosnan) is the most powerful and influential monarch on the planet. Obsessed with his own mortality and the future of France, Louis turns to his spiritual advisor, Père La Chaise (William Hurt), and the royal physician to help him obtain the key to immortality. Believing a mermaid (Fan Bingbing) contains a force that grants everlasting life, Louis commissions a young sea captain to search the seas and capture the mystical creature. Further complicating his plans is his orphaned daughter, Marie-Josèphe (Kaya Scodelario), who returns to court with an abundance of elegance and an inherent defiance of authority. With a rare solar eclipse approaching, Louis will discover where his daughter's true loyalties lie as he races against time to extract the mermaid's life-giving force.


Pierce Brosnan
as King Louis XIV
William Hurt
as Père La Chaise
Benjamin Walker
as Yves De La
Kaya Scodelario
as Marie-Josèphe
Pablo Schreiber
as Dr. Labarthe
Bingbing Fan
as Mermaid
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Critic Reviews for The King's Daughter

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (10)

The King's Daughter might be more fascinating than the movie itself, which has its moments of campy delights but is eventually sunk by the meandering story, some over-the-top performances and underwhelming special effects.

January 21, 2022 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

January is often where bad films are stashed, but The King's Daughter isn't just bad, it's a cloying, cliched mess that's not worth even the slightest risk of contacting COVID-19 to see in theaters.

January 21, 2022 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…

It's a vast understatement to say that Vonda McIntyre's book deserved way better treatment than this.

January 21, 2022 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Even the worst moments aren't flamboyantly awful enough to earn a full gawk; they play closer to off-key, the clear result of post-production tinkering.

January 21, 2022 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

A generic combination of royal-themed fairy tale and magical fantasy.

January 21, 2022 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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What is obvious is that no amount of time on the shelf or tinkering with the special effects that would have been enough to salvage the hot, chaotic and just plain kooky mess that is "The King's Daughter."

January 20, 2022 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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