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Richard Brody
New Yorker
June 27, 2016
Scorsese infuses this tale with the passionate energy of New York street life and an outsider's wonder at the powerful workings of show business and studio craft.
Jason Bailey
Flavorwire
June 24, 2016
The tone it establishes is challenging, because there are funny scenes and situations which could easily be played for laughs, but that black cloud of tension and danger hangs over all of them, and Scorsese won't give you that release.
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
June 21, 2016
Brilliantly keeps viewers unmoored, the result of its consistently off-kilter tone.
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Gary Arnold
Washington Post
December 18, 2015
The King of Comedy fancies itself a scathing social satire about the lust for celebrity carried to extremes. But ultimately, director Martin Scorsese's movie is a severely misconceived and distasteful study of delusional behavior.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 19, 2014
...remains a high-water mark in terms of De Niro's onscreen work...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 18, 2014
This jet-black comedy is a symphony of unease.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Philip Horne
Daily Telegraph (UK)
April 18, 2014
A disturbing picture of a world in which television is taken for a "reality" higher than everyday life, it's also darkly funny.
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
April 9, 2014
I'm going to side with the dissenters this time. I can see where it might be perceived as a dark comedy, but that label doesn't absolve it from an overarching sense that Scorsese didn't push this one far enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 25, 2010
Creepy, frighteningly funny and brilliant as cultural satire.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 25, 2010
It is frustrating to watch, unpleasant to remember, and, in its own way, quite effective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Adam Smith
Empire Magazine
March 31, 2008
Neither funny enough to be an effective black comedy nor scary enough to capitalise on its thriller/horror elements.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Film4
March 31, 2008
Worlds away from the bravura flash of other DeNiro-Scorsese collaborations, this underrated, claustrophobic, chilling satire is particularly prescient of today's celebrity-fixated society. A modern classic.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
March 31, 2008
The uncenteredness of the film is irritating, though it's irritating in an ambitious, risk-taking way.
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 31, 2008
To be sure, Robert De Niro turns in another virtuoso performance for Martin Scorsese, just as in their four previous efforts. But once again -- and even more so -- they come up with a character that it's hard to spend time with.
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com
June 7, 2007
Fascinating drama with DeNiro as psycho, talk show wannabe, and Jerry Lewis giving great performance.
| Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
February 22, 2007
Misunderstood by critics in 1983, this is one of the most incisive (and scary) movies about the desperate desire to achieve fame in American society, and the shallow nature of pop culture; De Niro and Jerry Lewis are terrific
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
Creepiest movie of the year in every sense, and one of the best.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
November 7, 2005
Beautifully dark and original.
| Original Score: 5/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 21, 2005
One of the most disturbing, thought-provoking and funniest films of the 1980s. This underappreciated Scorsese great is more relevant today than ever.
| Original Score: 5/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
May 25, 2005
One of Scorsese's very best
| Original Score: 4/5
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