The King of Comedy - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The King of Comedy Reviews

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Rebecca Murray
August 23, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Variety Staff
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.
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
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
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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.
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
August 13, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 15, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
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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
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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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.
Cole Smithey
November 7, 2005
Beautifully dark and original.
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 7, 2005
This bizarre work is one of Martin Scorsese's greatest and most underrated films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
October 25, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Pablo Villaša
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002
Um filme que fica cada vez mais dolorosos de se ver Ó medida em que compreendemos a profundidade e a fragilidade dos personagens principais, e nos identificamos com eles.
| Original Score: 4/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
December 13, 2002
...a little bizarre, somewhat unsettling, sometimes funny, sometimes not, but mostly on target.
| Original Score: 7/10
Dan Lybarger
Kansas City Star
February 2, 2003
Probably Martin Scorsese's most overlooked movie, this eerie parody of celebrity culture features what may be Jerry Lewis' best performance.
| Original Score: 5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 19, 2004
Reveals the trivialization of culture when celebrity reigns.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 19, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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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