General Information

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Released Year: 2016
Runtime: 97 minutes
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Directors: Tom Tykwer
Casts: Tom Hanks, Tom Skerritt, Ben Whishaw, Sarita Choudhury, Khalid Laith, David Menkin, Tracey Fairaway, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Jon Donahue, Alexander Black, Jane Perry, Amira El Sayed, Christy Meyer
IMDB: A Hologram for the King (2016)

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IMDB Rating: 6.1


Chicago Sun-Times - Richard Roeper
Writer-director Tom Tykwer is clearly a fan of the source material, and he has done an admirable job of taking a melancholy, beautifully rendered piece of prose and catapulting it to visual life.
Village Voice - Bilge Ebiri
Tykwer sublimates what Eggers made explicit: the joblessness, the debt, the isolation. He knows the power of an image, a gesture, a brief exchange, so he captures those social themes in flashes, which ironically gives them new power.
New York Daily News - Unnamed
Much like the technology in the title, "A Hologram for the King" flickers in and out of focus — sharp at times, but ultimately lacking resolution.
The Hollywood Reporter - Sheri Linden
When it isn’t trying too hard to be instructive or jokey, Tykwer’s film fluently conveys the hard truth of diminished relevance, geopolitical as well as personal. Hanks’ portrayal of a man caught between utter defeat and a yearning to begin again is pitch-perfect.
Variety - Justin Chang
A Hologram for the King arrives at its feel-good conclusion honestly enough, but its cultural engagement feels tentative, even secondhand: The movie conjures no shortage of potent images, but push a bit deeper and your fist closes on empty air.

A Hologram for the King (2016)

Alan Clay, a struggling American businessman, travels to Saudi Arabia to sell a new technology to the King, only to be challenged by endless Middle Eastern bureaucracy, a perpetually absent monarch, and a suspicious growth on his back.