The King of Staten Island Reviews

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July 5, 2020
Despite Pete Davidson's heartfelt performance, the story struggles to find the right balance of comedy and drama. [Full Review in Spanish]
June 28, 2020
The film doesn't reveal to us why Davidson wanted his seriously conflicted life to be fodder for laughter - truth be told, there isn't much of that.
June 25, 2020
When the first two-thirds of your movie dwell on awkward conversations and table setting, it's hard to engage when things finally start to move.
June 22, 2020
Like it's protagonist, there's charm to The King of Staten Island and it has its moments of biting honesty, but the film stalls as it takes too long to get out of its rudderless station and grab the reigns of its story.
June 21, 2020
It's not just that The King of Staten Island is so flawed. It's that it couldn't be more obvious what those flaws are and how easily they could have been excised.
June 17, 2020
Apatow's glib narrative both sneers at and pities this working-class phenomenon, oblivious to the deep-seated social unease that defines America's lost generation.
June 17, 2020
The crude comedy is an acquired taste, which I haven't quite acquired yet.
June 16, 2020
It's as if Davidson is merely playing another version of himself, incapable of stretching beyond the bounds of his own personality and his own life-not necessarily his fault, but definitely the fault of the material.
June 16, 2020
The lazy script is like a new Taco Bell recipe that uses all the same old ingredients: in other words, a heavily promoted product for suckers.
June 16, 2020
But, as I may have mentioned, the film is almost as long as a Trump rally, and what follows is a redemption tale that feels horribly clichéd about salt-of-the-earth firefighters.
June 16, 2020
Apatow's latest, like his previous, is overlong, leaning more towards obnoxious than compelling.
June 16, 2020
Unfortunately, this is easily the worst movie Judd Apatow has ever made. Even worse, the writing has been on the wall for this kind of failure for some time.
June 15, 2020
Pete Davidson's star is almost guaranteed to rise; The King of Staten Island should simply be a better movie.
June 15, 2020
Faced with a quirky and unusual new talent, Apatow, and Hollywood, disappointingly default to its usual formula... One of the chief frustrations of the film is that it's a first-rate ensemble drama trapped inside a gangly star vehicle.
June 15, 2020
Buries the best parts until the end after a long, mediocre road to reach it.
June 12, 2020
It's yet another two hour-plus trudge that mistakes forsaking laughter with speaking some vital truth.
June 12, 2020
A long "finding yourself" dramedy (almost two and a half hours) that's unfortunately a tad slight on the laughs and way too long on the melodrama.
June 12, 2020
Viewers who make it to the third act of The King of Staten Island will find that this Pete Davidson starrer actually has a heart beneath its smarmy exterior. Getting to that point, though, is a slog.
June 12, 2020
The King of Staten Island is a long journey to spend with someone you want to like and should like, but never do.
June 12, 2020
The King of Staten Island repeatedly mistakes shrill head-butting and facile quips for genuine introspection.
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