The King of Comedy
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Martin Scorsese's satirical comedy/drama caustically explores the lengths to which a nobody will go to be as famous as his idol. Practicing his patter in his basement with cardboard cut-outs of his favorite celebrities, mediocre aspiring comedian Rupert Pupkin (Robert De Niro) believes that one appearance on the evening talk show of the Johnny Carson-esque Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis) will be his ticket to stardom. After he helps Jerry escape the advances of amorous fan Masha (Sandra Bernhard), Rupert takes Jerry's patronizing brush-off as a true promise for an audition and begins… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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"It is frustrating to watch, unpleasant to remember, and, in its own way, quite effective."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Creepiest movie of the year in every sense, and one of the best."
‑ , Time Out
"This jet-black comedy is a symphony of unease."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Creepy, frighteningly funny and brilliant as cultural satire."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Fascinating drama with DeNiro as psycho, talk show wannabe, and Jerry Lewis giving great performance."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"The uncenteredness of the film is irritating, though it's irritating in an ambitious, risk-taking way."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"It's very funny, and it ends on a high note that was, for me, both a total surprise and completely satisfying. Yet it's also bristly, sometimes manic to the edge of lunacy and, along the way, terrifying."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"A disturbing picture of a world in which television is taken for a "reality" higher than everyday life, it's also darkly funny."
‑ Philip Horne, Daily Telegraph
"Neither funny enough to be an effective black comedy nor scary enough to capitalise on its thriller/horror elements."
‑ Adam Smith, Empire Magazine
"Misunderstood by critics in 1983, this is one of the most incisive (and scary) movies about the desperate desire to achieve fame in American society, and the shallow nature of pop culture; De Niro and Jerry Lewis are terrific"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"To be sure, Robert De Niro turns in another virtuoso performance for Martin Scorsese, just as in their four previous efforts. But once again -- and even more so -- they come up with a character that it's hard to spend time with."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It's Martin Scorsese's second least popular movie, after The Last Temptation of Christ. Which is a shame, because it's Scorsese's second greatest film, after Taxi Driver."
‑ Joyce Millman, Salon.com
"I'm going to side with the dissenters this time. I can see where it might be perceived as a dark comedy, but that label doesn't absolve it from an overarching sense that Scorsese didn't push this one far enough."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Worlds away from the bravura flash of other DeNiro-Scorsese collaborations, this underrated, claustrophobic, chilling satire is particularly prescient of today's celebrity-fixated society. A modern classic."
‑ , Film4
"Beautifully dark and original."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
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