King of New York
King of New York (1990)

Upon his release from prison, ruthless drug kingpin Frank White moves to regains control of his criminal empire. This character-driven crime drama focuses on the enigmatic, paradoxical personality of White, who ruthlessly quashes… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 28, 1990
DVD Release Date: August 15, 2000
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Victor Olliver

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.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A film which, despite splendid location work, lurches sloppily and messily from kill to kill, orgy to orgy, coke to crack, cliché to cliché.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

A hepped-up film about drugs that plays as if the filmmakers themselves kept a healthy supply of the stuff at hand.

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Stefan Birgir Stefansson

walken is cool as ever

Janet Maslin
New York Times

[Ferrara] works unapologetically in B-movie territory, but does it with A-movie style.

Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

King of New York's storyline is pretty one-note, but there's an energy and aura of fear lingering in every gritty composition.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Frank White: From now on, nothing goes down unless I'm involved. No blackjack, no dope deals, no nothing. A nickel bag gets sold in the park, I want in.… More
Kevin M. Williams
Imagine having a forced conversation in a dirty alley with a buffed-up, cracked-out, ex- marine, ex-con, half brag, half rant, this utterly unbelievable New… More
Chris Weber
Abel Ferrara has garnered a reputation over the years for having a sharp eye for being able to artfully portray the darker, grittier side of New York's… More
Martin Sahlin
This was a pretty good movie...But what I couldn't seem to understand was this: The plot was described as "When Walken gets out of prison he has to… More
Alex roy
Raw, gritty and stylish gangster picture from director Abel Ferrara who crafts an uncompromising portrayal of New York's criminal underworld. The power of… More
Luke Baldock
I really dug the whole early 90's ness of this entire movie. We had some amazing actors such as Larry Fishburne and Wesley Snipes, giving their all in some… More

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