The King of Comedy
The King of Comedy (1983)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1983
DVD Release Date: December 17, 2002
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Critic Score: 90% 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.

Richard Brody
New Yorker

Scorsese infuses this tale with the passionate energy of New York street life and an outsider's wonder at the powerful workings of show business and studio craft.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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

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Jason Bailey

The tone it establishes is challenging, because there are funny scenes and situations which could easily be played for laughs, but that black cloud of tension and danger hangs over all of them, and Scorsese won't give you that release.

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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice

Brilliantly keeps viewers unmoored, the result of its consistently off-kilter tone.

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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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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

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

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Gary Arnold
Washington Post

The King of Comedy fancies itself a scathing social satire about the lust for celebrity carried to extremes. But ultimately, director Martin Scorsese's movie is a severely misconceived and distasteful study of delusional behavior.

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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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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

This jet-black comedy is a symphony of unease.

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Phil Hubbs
This movie came straight outta left field really, after two mean thrillers and hard hitting biographical, a black comedy felt like an odd turn. Scorsese was… More
Lucas Martins
A terrific mix of Scorsese/DeNiro/Lewis comedy and art.
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
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