The King of Staten Island Reviews

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July 7, 2020
Davidson carried the movie, and he did it real, real well...
July 7, 2020
Incredibly proud of what Pete Davidson has done here...to see him using this platform for single mothers, firefighters and his own therapy...
July 6, 2020
It's Judd Apatow on autopilot, but he's still in his element and the core ingredients still make for a satisfying stew.
July 2, 2020
...but after delivering an authentically quirky, honest first half, The King of Staten Island leaps into a commercial safety zone by tying everything up in a neat bundle of conventionality...a slight let-down.
June 26, 2020
While it is near his signature anarchic charm, this comedy-drama shows that even a veteran director/writer/producer like Apatow has room for growth.
June 26, 2020
Viewers familiar with Davidson's role as a similar good-natured yet immature loafer in 2019's Big Time Adolescence may find the typecasting unoriginal, but the fact of the matter is this: it's a type Davidson shines in.
June 25, 2020
[Davidson] adds semi-autobiographical dimension to it...but it didn't need to be more than two hours...
June 25, 2020
It's worth watching...not bad to watch with [your partner]...I'd pay the $20...
June 22, 2020
You know what you're gonna get with a Judd Apatow movie, and you usually get a lot of it.
June 22, 2020
The cast is top drawer, and lift the tame, less than stellar non-plot to be better than it is. Pete Davidson has a nice light touch, and there are laughs and heart aplenty.
June 22, 2020
Apatow offers Davidson a platform to exorcise demons and amplify his pain to friends, family, and the general public.
June 22, 2020
It's still quite touching and warm, with its heart in the right place.
June 22, 2020
Your Pete Davidson mileage may vary, but "The King of Staten Island" makes a strong case that he's built to go the distance.
June 22, 2020
Yes, there are clichés and a few problems, but there's an emotional richness and psychological depth here that avoids the usual sentimentality.
June 20, 2020
The King of Staten Island drifts along much like its the characters. It's a subtle low-energy take on a coming-of-age comedy, perhaps lacking the highs and lows expected of an Apatow project, but there's an unexpected tenderness here.
June 19, 2020
...when you've got a character like [Davidson's] Scott... you can't expect, if Apatow trusts us as viewers, that we're going to get some totally inspirational transformation...
June 19, 2020
Pete Davidson's personal tragedies provide most of the dramatic detours in King, making for a cathartic movie that might not be as funny as you'd expect.
June 19, 2020
It works best as a tale of flawed men struggling to navigate a new world of #MeToo and mental health awareness whilst tackling the ghosts of their fathers' expectations. And the uplifting pay-off is diligently worked for, even if it's a long while coming.
June 19, 2020
A dramedy about the surprising transformation of an irritating person.
June 19, 2020
The King of Staten Island is more than a run-of-the-mill genre movie. It is a brutally honest, first-person account of what can happen to a family when tragedy strikes.
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