The King of Comedy
The King of Comedy (1983)

Unbalanced would-be comedian Rupert Pupkin obsessively stalks Jerry Langford, a Johnny Carson-like TV host, in director Martin Scorsese's irony-laden black comedy about the cult of celebrity. After repeated rejections from his staff,… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 17, 2002
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Largely misunderstood upon its release, The King of Comedy today looks eerily prescient, and features a fine performance by Robert DeNiro as a strangely sympathetic psychopath.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It is frustrating to watch, unpleasant to remember, and, in its own way, quite effective.

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Time Out

Creepiest movie of the year in every sense, and one of the best.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...remains a high-water mark in terms of De Niro's onscreen work...

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The uncenteredness of the film is irritating, though it's irritating in an ambitious, risk-taking way.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

This jet-black comedy is a symphony of unease.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Joyce Millman

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.

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Philip Horne
Daily Telegraph

A disturbing picture of a world in which television is taken for a "reality" higher than everyday life, it's also darkly funny.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy is a highly entertaining drama that has enough comedic moments to make this film entertaining and memorable. The… More
Graham Jones
This small masterpiece by Martin Scorsese features yet another great performance by Robert DeNiro.
Melvin White
Rupert Pupkin: Better to be king for a night than schmuck for a lifetime. "It's no laughing matter." The King of Comedy has to be one of… More
Chris Weber
Robert De Niro and Jerry Lewis star in Martin Scorsese's darkly comedic satire about media obsession, and the lenths people will go to in order to become… More
Lucas Martins
A terrific mix of Scorsese/DeNiro/Lewis comedy and art.
Martin Sahlin
It's been a while since I saw it. But this is a very good movie. Robert De Niro is just brilliant in this. I really wanna see it again.