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Small time celebrity photographer Les Galantine has a big mouth and big dreams, but he can't quite talk himself into the right parties to get that one great exclusive photo. He meets Toby, a homeless kid who is drawn to the bright lights of New York City and "hires" him as his assistant. Les pays Toby nothing but room and board but the two are drawn to each other and become friends. Although Toby enjoys the glamour and excitement of Les' lifestyle, he has dreams of his own--to become an actor. Luck intervenes for Toby when he accidentally meets K'Harma Leeds, a beautiful… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"DiCillo's themes are loyalty and friendship and betrayal and redemption."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"With Delirious, writer-director Tom DiCillo has crafted a wonderfully giddy meditation on the nature of fame, the people who sell it and those doing the buying, and their mutually parasitic dependence on each other."
‑ David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle
"Steve Buscemi and Michael Pitt are easily the best odd couple the movies have seen since Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon."
‑ Beverly Berning,
"The film isn't as broadly funny as the previous DiCillo-Buscemi collaboration Living in Oblivion, but its outsiders peering in have an uncomfortable resonance."
‑ Jesse Hassenger,
"This satirical comedy is a connoisseur's delight, with Steve Buscemi in top form as the runt of a paparazzo who tries to exploit a homeless young man."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"For all its time-worn situations and observations, Delirious has a truth or two to impart about our lust for celebrities."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Tom DiCillo's Delirious, from his own screenplay, presents a paparazzo's worm's-eye view of the ridiculous world of celebrity culture."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Leaves us with the same old familiar and empty Hollywood storyline on the world of celebrity culture."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"DiCillo hasn't lost his gift for artfully skewering both those basking in fame's spotlight and those lurking in the shadows, while still finding a measure of affection for all of them."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Mature paparazzi drama isn't quite in focus."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"As always, Buscemi masters his portrayal of needy desperation, but he still makes Les admirable for his capacity to go with the flow."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Delirious, by writer-director Tom DiCillo, has a special quality because it does not make paparazzi a target but a subject."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It's not as sharp as his indie gems from the mid-1990s, but the thing's packed with bright performances and unique characters, which is what DiCillo does best."
‑ David Cornelius,
"A victim of its own vitriol."
‑ Eric Kohn, Orlando Weekly
"DiCillo is ultimately grounded in the eccentric, awkward relationship"
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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