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      The River King

      R Released Sep 19, 2005 1 hr. 39 min. Crime Drama Mystery & Thriller List
      Reviews 37% 2,500+ Ratings Audience Score A detective (Edward Burns) believes the apparent suicide of a student may have been a hazing ritual gone awry. Read More Read Less

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      ian b I liked the story line and the lead character but the editing was not to my liking. It certainly covered one of the problems facing anyone that is different. Beautifully shot but not sure about the supernatural overtones. A solid 3 star Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review ronald h A young prep school student is found floating dead in a frozen river. The school administration and the police captain (who's afraid of a scandal and is likely getting payoffs from the school) insist that it was suicide. An intrepid cop (Edward Norton) suspects that it was homicide. He investigates, even though his captain says the case is over. It appears that the kid was the victim of a hazing by his snooty, rich classmates. The characters are cliched. Much of the acting is stiff and unconvincing. The camera work is unimaginative but workmanlike. There's an irrelevant affair between the cop and one the teachers, and a mildly interesting mystery about turning a white rose into a red one. There's also an unexpected twist in the final act, and a resolution of a backstory. Two stars because it's not unwatchable. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member A rather boring mystery movie involving characters that you really don't end up caring about. Very shallow character development, based primarily on stereotypes and cliche ideas about rich kids and small towns. The mystery itself is not interesting enough to carry the movie, and it certainly does not develop into anything remotely entertaining. Then, there is the ridiculous love interests the just drown any potential for the movie. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Cliche melodrama that thinks American boarding schools are mean and nasty like British ones. Made worse by trying to have a bunch of adults play teenagers. First time I've seen Ed Burns give a bad performance (brought down by the script, no doubt) Nothing remotely suspenseful nor sexy about it. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member Multi-layered story handled very well by both the screenwriter & the director; beautifully shot with a haunting score; everyone is extremely well-cast & offers thoroughly nuanced performances, although the romance felt tacked-on. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 04/21/19 Full Review Audience Member Seen this plot, spoiled students, righteous prep school, local officials on the take... A real snoozer. ð~? Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Susan Walker Toronto Star One possible outcome after another is broadly telegraphed as the movie plods along, but most lines of inquiry are never to be resolved. Rated: 1/4 Oct 29, 2005 Full Review Pablo Villaça Cinema em Cena Sem jamais optar entre uma linha narrativa realista ou fantasiosa, o filme se fragiliza tambm em funo de uma trama frouxa que traz personagens desnecessrios e uma concluso pessimamente resolvida. Rated: 2/5 Mar 25, 2006 Full Review Jane Stevenson Jam! Movies A slow-moving, badly-written, and messily constructed whodunit that succeeds in being boring and not much else. Rated: 1/5 Dec 24, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis A detective (Edward Burns) believes the apparent suicide of a student may have been a hazing ritual gone awry.
      Director
      Nick Willing
      Screenwriter
      David Kane
      Distributor
      Fílmax
      Production Co
      Myriad Pictures
      Rating
      R (Some Violent Images|Language)
      Genre
      Crime, Drama, Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 19, 2005, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 25, 2017
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