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The King of Comedy

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The film follows Rupert Pupkin in his attempt to achieve success in show business by kidnapping a famous comedian and talk show host and demand a slot for Rupert in the victim's show as ransom.
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Movie Metropolis
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April 09, 2014

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.
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Flavorwire
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June 24, 2016

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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Washington Post
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December 18, 2015

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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Chicago Sun-Times
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January 25, 2010

It is frustrating to watch, unpleasant to remember, and, in its own way, quite effective.
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Common Sense Media
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March 21, 2017

Scorsese movie about the perils of fame has mature themes.
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New Yorker
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June 27, 2016

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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Reel Film Reviews
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October 19, 2014

...remains a high-water mark in terms of De Niro's onscreen work...
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Chicago Reader
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March 31, 2008

The uncenteredness of the film is irritating, though it's irritating in an ambitious, risk-taking way.
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Daily Telegraph (UK)
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April 18, 2014

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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Village Voice
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June 21, 2016

Brilliantly keeps viewers unmoored, the result of its consistently off-kilter tone.
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Variety
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March 31, 2008

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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