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King of the Jungle (2000)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 17
Fresh: 4
Rotten: 13

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 5
Fresh: 1
Rotten: 4

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 1,850

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Movie Info

Martin Scorsese's seminal 1975 drama Taxi Driver informs this tale of a neglected, Upper West Side outcast who slowly devolves into a potential murderer. John Leguizamo stars as Seymour, the mentally-challenged self-proclaimed "king" of the film's title. He's still in the care of his mother Mona (Julie Carmen), who is a protest organizer against their neighborhood's corrupt police practices. Although Mona lives happily with her lover Joanne (Rosie Perez), her ex-boyfriend Jack (Cliff Gorman) … More

Rating:
R (for strong language, some violence and drug content)
Genre:
Drama , Action & Adventure , Television
Directed By:
Written By:
Seth Zvi Rosenfeld
In Theaters:
On DVD:
May 21, 2002
Runtime:
Urbanworld Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for King of the Jungle

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (13) | DVD (3)

[Seymour's] story demands a larger meaning, a sense of the poetic, than mere heart-tugging can provide, but Rosenfeld cannot provide it.

Full Review… | November 16, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A hard, vibrant surface can't quite cover the mossy, skimpy center of this story.

Full Review… | November 9, 2001
Newsday
Top Critic

One of those films that feel drunk on their own virtue.

November 9, 2001
New York Post
Top Critic

[Rosenfeld] finds a way to convey messiness that gives King an honest and particular heartbeat.

Full Review… | November 9, 2001
New York Times
Top Critic

Old-fashioned in good ways and bad.

Full Review… | November 6, 2001
Village Voice
Top Critic

It's more than a little tiresome to see executive producer Leguizamo put himself through the tortured contortions of his character.

Full Review… | December 9, 2001
Film Journal International

Meanders with clumsy flashbacks, unexplored characters and relationships and a rushed, unsatisfying conclusion.

Full Review… | November 16, 2001
E! Online

Filled less with performance than it is riddled with Oscar clips.

November 15, 2001
New Times

The fact is that given the talent involved, it should have been much better.

Full Review… | November 9, 2001
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Every clichéd cinematic device ... is spread out before the audience like a bad road map.

Full Review… | November 9, 2001
Citysearch

The script isn't worth the quality of the work put in to it.

November 8, 2001
Greenwich Village Gazette

Some Latin boys go to hell while others just need a loving home.

Full Review… | November 6, 2001
Slant Magazine

Features John Leguizamo in a tour de force 'rain man' performance as a mentally challenged 25-year-old

Full Review… | October 30, 2001
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Audience Reviews for King of the Jungle

An interesting movie! Good story plot. Great cast- John Leguizamo, Annabella Sciorra, Rosie Perez, and Marisa Tomei.

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