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Life of a King

  PG-13 HD Closed Captioning

Jake Goldberger

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Plot Summary

Life of a King is the true story of one man’s inspiring mission to better the future of inner-city youth in Washington, D.C. After being incarcerated for 18 years, Eugene Brown (Academy Award®-winner Cuba Gooding, Jr.) established the Big Chair Chess Club to help pull kids off the streets. Using the simple chess-inspired motto “think before you move,” Brown helped give troubled students something that he never had: a future.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 13
  • Fresh: 5
  • Rotten: 8
  • Average Rating: 5.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The furious energy with which Mr. Gooding stifles his own intensity becomes a fascinating subtext in what is otherwise a forgettable film. – Miriam Bale, New York Times, Jan 16, 2014

Rotten: Even if the story is faithful to the way the events played out in real life - and the official description is that the picture is a "dramatic retelling" - Life of a King couldn't feel more formulaic. – Sherilyn Connelly, Village Voice, Jan 14, 2014

Fresh: An effective, even heartwarming, tale of one man's commitment to teaching that playing by the rules is more important than winning. – Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, Jan 16, 2014

Rotten: Solid performances-especially from star Cuba Gooding Jr.-elevate the film slightly above the familiar trappings of its genre. – Christy Lemire,, Jan 17, 2014

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Customer Reviews


Inspiring!!! A must see for young people especially!!!

Great Movie

This was a great movie from beginning to end.

Life of A King

Stand out acting

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2013

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