King of the Jungle
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Martin Scorsese's seminal 1975 drama Taxi Driver informs this tale of a neglected, Upper West Side outcast who slowly devolves into a potential murderer. John Leguizamo stars as Seymour, the mentally-challenged self-proclaimed "king" of the film's title. He's still in the care of his mother Mona (Julie Carmen), who is a protest organizer against their neighborhood's corrupt police practices. Although Mona lives happily with her lover Joanne (Rosie Perez), her ex-boyfriend Jack (Cliff Gorman) often shows up to antagonize the household, Seymour in particular. His… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 24%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[Seymour's] story demands a larger meaning, a sense of the poetic, than mere heart-tugging can provide, but Rosenfeld cannot provide it."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"[Rosenfeld] finds a way to convey messiness that gives King an honest and particular heartbeat."
‑ Elvis Mitchell, New York Times
"Meanders with clumsy flashbacks, unexplored characters and relationships and a rushed, unsatisfying conclusion."
‑ , E! Online
"Every clichéd cinematic device ... is spread out before the audience like a bad road map."
‑ Michael Phillips, Citysearch
"Features John Leguizamo in a tour de force 'rain man' performance as a mentally challenged 25-year-old"
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"A hard, vibrant surface can't quite cover the mossy, skimpy center of this story."
‑ Gene Seymour, Newsday
"Old-fashioned in good ways and bad."
‑ Mark Holcomb, Village Voice
"Filled less with performance than it is riddled with Oscar clips."
‑ Robert Wilonsky, New Times
"The script isn't worth the quality of the work put in to it."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
"One of those films that feel drunk on their own virtue."
‑ Jonathan Foreman, New York Post
"It's more than a little tiresome to see executive producer Leguizamo put himself through the tortured contortions of his character."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"The fact is that given the talent involved, it should have been much better."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Some Latin boys go to hell while others just need a loving home."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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