Life of a King

Life of a King

Life of a King

True-story urban drama, about an ex-con who brought the wonders of chess to inner-city kids of Washington DC. Incarcerated for a bank robbery, Eugene found solace in the game during his 18 years in prison – a passion he hopes to provide kids who need it the most.

2013Rating: M100 minsUSA
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Life of a King / Reviews

Variety

Variety

A well-intentioned but thuddingly obvious addition to the 'Stand and Deliver' subgenre of high-school inspirational dramas.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

The furious energy with which Mr. Gooding stifles his own intensity becomes a fascinating subtext in what is otherwise a forgettable film.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

Unquestionably well-meaning, this tale of an ex-con who teaches some inner-city teens about discipline through chess treads incredibly familiar emotional terrain.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Appealing performances stand out in this expressive urban drama.

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