The King of Staten Island Reviews

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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 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.
June 14, 2020
In the latter half of the film, Apatow finally starts to home in on the point of his tale, and that's when The King of Staten Island becomes compelling and moving.
June 12, 2020
I don't feel like this is the lightning in a bottle magic that some of [director Judd Apatow's] films have been... But it's enjoyable, if too long.
June 12, 2020
There is a fascinating push-pull at the center of this, where Pete Davidson almost breaks out of the Judd Apatow template and makes a movie that feels interesting on its own.
June 12, 2020
By the end, in truth, I found myself swamped by Scott, and wondered if he might have made more impact as a secondary character...
June 12, 2020
Within the scattered narrative, it's Powley's Kelsey who comes out the winner, and the most realized character in the film... She's the queen of this world, it's the movie that's focused on the wrong member of the kingdom.
June 12, 2020
While Apatow is a Hollywood powerhouse, "The King of Staten Island'' doesn't come across as standard Hollywood product. It registers as a piece of personal filmmaking on the part of both director and star.
June 11, 2020
The content can be raw, sometimes startling, but before and after everything else the film is hilarious, and constitutes a cockeyed pantheon of comic performances. On top of that it is beautiful.
June 11, 2020
Apatow has left everything in. The scenes don't unfold or reveal personalities. They just pile up; they're long bits - parties and hangouts and meals.
June 11, 2020
The movie drags on for 137 minutes, which feels like considerably more than the familiar premise and its aimless central character can fully support. That's despite the able supporting lineup.
June 11, 2020
Fine acting helps give "Staten Island" a sense of a world that is familiar but that we have not seen in quite this way.
June 11, 2020
Judd Apatow's latest comedy feels more irksome than endearing, despite Davidson's autobiographical screenplay.
June 11, 2020
Loose-jointed and openhearted, a wink of reassurance in our age of anxiety, it's that rare comedy that may actually play better in the living room than it does in the theater.
June 10, 2020
The result is familiar Apatow: simultaneously funny and touching with elements of pathos to go along with the raunchiness.
June 10, 2020
Davidson isn't everyone's cup of tea and no one knows that better than he does. It's that self-awareness that elevates this story and makes "The King of Staten Island" worth the watch.
June 10, 2020
This movie is very specific to its locale and characters, and yet it has a universal working-class touch.
June 10, 2020
It's... frequently winning, and oddly sweet, too; a drastically unhurried dramedy with room to grow.
June 10, 2020
Don't mistake all of this for some huge leap in cinematic growth on Apatow's part; he is still very much in familiar territory. But it is thoroughly entertaining, sincerely felt territory all the same.
June 10, 2020
The tone is deeply curious - funny eventually, occasionally, wrapped in a 21st-century fug of sadness and Xanax.
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