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Kid Who Would Be King, The (PG)

Fantasy, Adventure

A fantasy adventure film in which a boy discovers he might be a descendant of King Arthur.

The critical consensus

More proof that Cornish is a wizard at re-energising tired tropes.The characters are a delight, the action sequences thrum with invention, and when it’s funny, it’s very funny indeed.

****(*)Nick De Semlyen, Empire Online, 04/02/2019

It may not dazzle as much as Attack the Block, but Cornish’s second feature is a fun family adventure.

****(*)Jordan Farley, Total Film, 10/02/2019

Joe Cornish takes the helm of a flawed but enjoyable Arthurian kids' adventure.

***(*)(*)Jo Berry, The List, 11/02/2019

A children's film for the Brexit era – but Cornish can't quite pull it off.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 13/02/2019

None of the young stars shine as John Boyega did in ATB, but this movie is sentimental in all the right places, and impossible to dislike.

***(*)(*)Cath Clarke, The Guardian, 14/02/2019

Cornish has made a royally good adventure movie.

****(*)Jake Cunningham, Little White Lies, 15/02/2019

Attack the Block director Joe Cornish’s second film swaps sci-fi comedy for Arthurian allegory.

**(*)(*)(*)Simran Hans, The Observer, 17/02/2019

A fresh riff on Arthurian legend.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 18/02/2019

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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