King of New York
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The gritty underbelly of New York's complex, ethnically divided criminal world is exposed in this dark drama from director Abel Ferrara. Christopher Walken stars as Frank White, a drug lord who's just been released from a long stint in prison. Aware that feeding off of society's depravity has made him a wealthy man, Frank has become determined to give something back to the city, and he hatches a scheme to build a multimillion-dollar public hospital in one of Brooklyn's worst ghetto neighborhoods. Needing the assistance of his fellow criminals to pull it off, Frank and his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

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"Complementing Walken's bravura turn are equally flamboyant performances by David Caruso as the young Irish cop out to destroy Walken, and Larry Fishburne as Walken's slightly crazy aide-de-camp."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Walken is one of the few undeniably charismatic male villains of recent years; he can generate a snakelike charm that makes his worst characters the most memorable, and here he operates on pure style."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Review by Mike Martin - It looks fantastic, and there is an air of real menace to proceedings, but seems to belong to another age somehow."
‑ Victor Olliver, Teletext
"Ferrara's dangerous vision of the city at night goes beyond what most creampuff directors are capable of; he gets to the core of everything from the silent, dark windows of towering penthouses to the vicious rattling of crime-ridden subways."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Vividly conveys the dark side of power."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A film which, despite splendid location work, lurches sloppily and messily from kill to kill, orgy to orgy, coke to crack, cliché to cliché."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A hepped-up film about drugs that plays as if the filmmakers themselves kept a healthy supply of the stuff at hand."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"walken is cool as ever"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"Deliciously indecent."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"High-calibre performances meet riveting drama"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"[Ferrara] works unapologetically in B-movie territory, but does it with A-movie style."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"King of New York's storyline is pretty one-note, but there's an energy and aura of fear lingering in every gritty composition."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"Ferrara began to be taken more seriously by critics with this operatic crime film, which was shown at the NY Film Festival, where it elicited walkouts (including helmer's wife) along with praise."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Containing performances and and an attitude that is gleefully over-the-top, it's a bit of good fun."
‑ Eric Melin,
"Ferrara is so obsessed with giving King of New York an artsy, edgy, improvisational feel that he doesn't seem to realize what he has here is really just another angry gangster picture."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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