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Old school magic meets the modern world. Alex thinks he's just another nobody, until he stumbles upon the mythical Sword in the Stone, Excalibur. Now, he must unite his friends and enemies into a band of knights and, together with the legendary wizard Merlin, take on the wicked enchantress Morgana. With the future at stake, Alex must become the great leader he never dreamed he could be.
Adventure Fantasy - This is a fantasy film based on the King Arthur legend aimed at pre-
teen kids and families, but it will have some young adult appeal.
The known stars in the cast, Rebecca Ferguson and Patrick Stewart,
only have very small roles, with a cast of new young stars leading
the way. While aimed at families, there are some creepy moments and
images that may be scary and intense for the youngest.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average ...although perfectly entertaining for children in the age 8-12 bracket, may be a bore and a chore for adults. ...less a family film than it is a kid's feature, and the difference between the two is one reason why this movie is unlikely to make a major impact at the early 2019 box office.
Roger EbertFull Review Good "The Kid Who Would Be King" is not...everything that it could have been. But it is fun where it counts and that's realistically what matters most. ...is worth a look, even if it is a bit soggy. ...uninitiated viewers will probably groove on the film's well-intended and clever ideas.
USA TodayFull Review Good ... revitalizes the Arthurian legend for a new generation of film fans, with a family-friendly story as sharp as Excalibur's blade. ...a fun, empowering Arthurian update – and the best since 1981's "Excalibur"...
NY PostFull Review Good ...a movie with the goofy charm of 1980s kids adventure flicks, such as "The Goonies” or "The NeverEnding Story.” It's gentle — and almost completely bloodless. During the climax, a fire-breathing Morgana battles an army of school kids and none appears to get even an eyebrow singed.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 49 moviegoers:
Overall, these are GREAT REVIEWS, especially considering this is a movie targeted at younger moviegoers. As with just about any movie, some didn't care much for it, rating it "fair," but 60%, or more, loved "The Kid Who Would Be King." Quite a few more enjoyed it very much, rating it "very good."