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The King of Comedy Reviews

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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.
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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.
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Variety
February 23, 2012
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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
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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.
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
Creepiest movie of the year in every sense, and one of the best.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
It's very funny, and it ends on a high note that was, for me, both a total surprise and completely satisfying. Yet it's also bristly, sometimes manic to the edge of lunacy and, along the way, terrifying.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Joyce Millman
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
It's Martin Scorsese's second least popular movie, after The Last Temptation of Christ. Which is a shame, because it's Scorsese's second greatest film, after Taxi Driver.