The King of Comedy

The King of Comedy

The King of Comedy

Martin Scorsese's 11th film, a black comedy following desperate, aspiring comic Rupert Pupkin (Robert De Niro) as he attempt to achieve showbiz success by stalking his idol, a late night talk-show host (Jerry Lewis).

Best Original Screenplay, 1984 BAFTA Awards.
1982Rating: PG, Mature themes, sexual references109 minsUSA
ComedyDrama
Director:
Martin Scorsese ('Taxi Driver', 'Raging Bull', 'Goodfellas')
Writer:
Paul D. Zimmerman
Cast:
Robert De NiroJerry LewisDiahnne AbbottSandra Bernhard

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Salon

Salon

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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The New York Times

The 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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Time Out

Time Out

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

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Variety

Variety

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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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

De Niro gleefully rubs our nose in the excruciating experience of watching someone who thinks they're funny flail helplessly, but the movie's one undisputed triumph is Jerry Lewis' performance as chat show king Jerry Langford.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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

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Daily Telegraph

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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Village Voice

Village Voice

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

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