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A Hologram for the King

Drama . Comedy

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.

Actors: Amira El Sayed , Jane Perry , David Menkin , Tracey Fairaway , Tom Skerritt , Ben Whishaw , Sidse Babett Knudsen , Sarita Choudhury , Alexander Black , Tom Hanks
Directors: Tom Tykwer
Release: 2016-04-28
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  • Mick LaSalle

    A Hologram for the King has great energy, and also a languorous, lived-in quality.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Calvin Wilson

    It’s true that not much happens — except cinema at its finest.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • 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.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    It’s a sweet, deliberately meandering movie, and it took me a while to connect with it. But it won me over because ultimately it conveys so well that feeling of estrangement that is both terrifying and comic for any farflung traveler.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • 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.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    If it sounds like Hologram is basically about a middle-aged white guy getting his groove back in the Middle East, well, yes, it is that. But if you squint hard enough, it’s also a little bit more.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Nick Allen

    As Tom Tykwer’s adaptation of David Eggers’ novel proves, it’s entertainment just to stare back at Hanks. Full Review
  • Moira Macdonald

    This stranger-in-a-strange-land mood piece has an appealingly serene pace.

    The Seattle Times Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    It’s like an international-relations microcosm imagined by the Coen brothers, down to an occasional sense that the absurdity isn’t taking us anywhere.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    It takes an actor with the finesse of Tom Hanks to turn a story of confusion, perplexity, frustration and panic into an agreeably uncomfortable comedy.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Hanks is perfect in the central role, drawing on both his dramatic and comic acting skills.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Michael Nordine

    A Hologram for the King succeeds at putting us in Alan’s meandering headspace, but that doesn’t mean you’ll find his journey as meaningful as he does.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    All the elements of Eggers' story are there; the emotional and psychological resonance is not.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    It’s that rare fish-out-of-water story in which the fish miraculously manages to stop needing water, and learns to crave air instead.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Jonathan Pile

    An adaptation of the Dave Eggers novel that struggles to make itself stand out, content instead to coast by on gentle comedy and Hanks’ charm. Pleasant but ultimately forgettable.

    Empire Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Hanks’ winning performance covers a lot of holes, but not all of them.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • 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.

    Variety Full Review
  • 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.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Ethan Sacks

    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.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Nathan Bartlebaugh

    Hologram is a fine experience as a tranquil matinee entertainment, but it fails to pull off its own illusion because it never quite understands what sort of story it really is telling.

    The Film Stage Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    A Hologram For the King never congeals into a single, involving story.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    The place the story ends doesn't necessarily fit with where it began, which leaves Hologram feeling like a fractured and uncertain oddity. But at least by the end, it's a beautifully melancholy oddity. It's inconsistent in its intentions, but at least some of those intentions are good ones.

    The Verge Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    There's no denying the ambition in A Hologram for the King, but a struggle does not add up to a satisfying movie — or even a reasonable facsimile of the beauty and terror Eggers evokes on the page.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Kate Taylor

    This time, Tykwer somehow manages to turn Eggers’s attempt at an era-defining story into a weird little cross-cultural comedy with romantic overtones while remaining largely faithful to the original plot and dialogue. Here, globalization’s economic devastation is just a nice backdrop for some amusing – and, thankfully, inoffensive – observation of one American abroad.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Malaise isn't Tom Hanks' thing, so A Hologram for the King with its death of an IT salesman vibe isn't a good fit. Hanks is far too indelible as a can-do personality to play why bother.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    Rambling, well-shot but inconsequential curio.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    A Hologram For The King is a 97-minute movie that feels like it was cut down from two-hours-plus, with whole subplots reduced or jettisoned in what was likely an arduous post-production period.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Tim Grierson

    As thoughtfully rendered as much of Hologram is, the film eventually succumbs to the material’s fundamental triteness, offering done-to-death life lessons about second chances and the value of broadening one’s perspective.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Kenji Fujishima

    Hanks brings to Clay a nervous energy, a sense of desperation to even his most outwardly optimistic of gestures, that nevertheless always seems tempered by a more sober inner awareness of his own failures. It’s a remarkable performance in a film that is unworthy of it.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Hologram for the King is a baffling film, cinema without weight or heft. The problem is not that anything on screen is troubling, it's that nothing there, not even star Tom Hanks, is capable of holding our interest or attention for very long.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    The star shouldn’t be blamed, though, for the failings of the direction and script. Here’s a case of consistently miscalibrated tone, from the first clumsy stabs at humor to the hero’s default expression, which is painfully pained.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Nigel M Smith

    Tom Tykwer’s adaptation is a meandering mess of half-baked storylines that amount to little. Hanks’s affable presence keeps it all afloat.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    A misshapen, aimless midlife crisis travelogue/romance with discourses on the the repression and inequity of Saudi Arabia, dating in the Islamic world and the nature of American/Chinese business competition, it’s the weakest Tom Hanks vehicle in decades.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Christopher Gray

    Remarkably faithful, except in how it rather boldly transforms Dave Eggers's drama into a broad comedy.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    To describe this as a movie about a mediocre businessman biding his time before an appointment probably makes it sound more exciting than it is.

    New York Post Full Review
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