The remake of All the King's Men was No Doubt produced with the noblest of artistic and social intentions, but the filmmakers have found no critical reward for their effort. The drama, based on the political career of Louisiana politician Huey Long, is simply overcooked, most critics agree. Well, "over-" a lot of things, according to Philip Wuntch in the Dallas Morning News, who calls it "overacted, over-directed, over-written, over-photographed, over-musically-scored. And, oh yes, it's overwrought." Richard Roeper in the Chicago Sun-Times calls it "an unholy mess," then adds: "That we occasionally get a glimpse of the crackling entertainment this movie could have been only makes it more frustrating when the story and the performances lapse into overwrought melodrama seasoned with some deep Southern camp." "Nothing in the picture works," writes A.O. Scott in the New York Times. "It is both overwrought and tedious, its complicated narrative bogging down in lyrical voiceover, long flashbacks and endless expository conversations. ... It is rare to see a movie so prodigiously stuffed with fine actors, nearly every one of them grievously miscast." And Joe Morgenstern sums up in his first words in The Wall Street Journal: "What a botch."




22/09/2006