Nick Atkinson : It’s ironic that a movie called ‘King of Comedy’ turned out to be one of Stephen Chow’s most heartfelt and sincere films. I really wasn’t expecting it to be like that. While I prefer Chow when he’s playing his more goofy side, I can’t deny that this was a pretty good comedy drama.
Terése Flynn : King of Comedy may be The King of unpredictability, excessive acting and re-use of old “funny favourites” like banana peel slipping. But the King of Comedy it was not. And I’m saying this as a big fan of other Stephen Chow movies. I think the problem is that it wanted to be more than a John Woo spoof, more than a romantic comedy and more than a story about an unsuccessful actor.
Diogo Serafim : ‘It’s so dark out there… I can’t see anything!’ ‘It will become scenic when dawn comes.’ all is performance, very few films have this much heart
ButtNugget : I always come out of a Stephen Chow film with pain on my cheeks for having smiled too much. I love his style, which is a blend of rapid-fire slapstick comedy and below the belt gross-out humor. It’s addictive and it rarely falters. He has an ingenious way of setting up jokes, as well. They’re wacky like something out of a cartoon, but the execution is totally unique
Mr. DuLac : In fact, I am an actor. -Wan Tin-sau Stephen Chow is an incredibly talented writer/director/actor, but I kinda regret that the first film I saw with him behind the camera was Kung Fu Hustle because nothing I’ve seen since from the Hong Kong star has measured up since. Here my problem might be that unlike the others I’ve seen, this film is very light on action with the comedy and drama taking center stage.
事实上，我是个演员。-万田秀周星驰是一位非常有才华的作家/导演/演员，但我很遗憾，我第一次看到他身后的电影是Kung Fu Hustle（功夫），因为我从香港明星身上看不到任何东西。在这里，我的问题可能是，与我看过的其他电影不同，这部电影非常轻描淡写，以喜剧和戏剧为中心。
a k : i haven’t laughed this hard since grown ups 2? maybe the only funny john woo and bruce lee parodies in the history of both while the title (perhaps unintentionally) evokes the scorsese/lewis movie, this is much closer to chow’s errand boy. an amazing fusion of wardrobes from spice world and romeo + juliet much as the idea of a sex worker learning how to play a virgin from a male actor is absurd
Audrey Karloff : Really surprised how much I enjoyed this. I think I’d have to call it Stephen Chow’s best movie. All the humor works, there’s a love story that you can actually get into, and it takes a weird twist towards the end that stops it falling into cliche. There are some fun riffs on John Woo and Bruce Lee, as well. Chow and Karen Mok are, as always, great, and Chow is playing easily his most likeable character.
Gaz Elliott : Not quite as good as ‘The God Of Cookery’ (1996) but still the laughs are plentiful. Here we see Stephen Chow play Wan Tin Sau, a hapless film extra with an insatiable enthusiasm for acting & an even greater eagerness for the role that will propel him to stardom.
Gex : Jamedy 2018 Challenge So if you’re familiar with Stephen Chow films, you know they tend to get bonkers, over-the-top, ridiculous, and batshit crazy. However, with this film, and it could be because it’s one of his earlier works, the crazy factor is dialed down a notch compared to what I’m used to. It wouldn’t be so bad if the film was quite solid and had more going for it than the comedy, but that’s not the case.
Étienne Crépeau : sure, its messy and all over the place and that 3rd act shift doesn’t make any sense but its really charming and funny and I’m in love Cecilia Cheung. Also, that blooper reel during the credits made me really happy its like, yo its a movie about making a movie and here they are making a movie irl and having fun! yay!
Ankur Surin : It was really very surprising to see Stephen Chow do a dramatic turn, especially when I have only known him as a comedic actor/filmmaker with a predilection for absurd visual gags. The gags are fewer in number here but what really makes this film different from most of his other movies is that apart from being funny it is also very moving and romantic and at times all of it at the same time. Stephen Chow is great as usual, but it was Cecilia Cheung who impressed me the most. She was simply brilliant!
Audrey Karloff : I can’t really say why, but I love this silly, artless movie more every time I watch it. There’s just something affecting about Chow’s clueless but relentless enthusiasm, Cecilia Cheung’s shrill, nutty toughness, and the way they interact with each other that I adore. None of which means, of course, that I have any idea why it suddenly becomes a crime drama in the third act.
Sam C. Mac : Tons of inspired comedy, convincing romance. But even at 89 minutes this feels too long — and the weird left turn into shoot ’em up violence that it then abruptly swerves away from is one of the most glaringly excisable sequences in a movie I’ve come across in a while.
Dustin Baker : Even lesser Stephen Chow leaves you with a pretty constant smile on your face. The way his humor can be both juvenile and violently dark in a matter of seconds is hard not to laugh at…at least for me since I’m a sick bastard. More of an autobiographical tale filtered through Chow’s craziness than you would expect, with digs at the likes of John Woo and the industry as a whole. Cameos by obvious inspirations help point what the film really is, even as it tells its own sweet and goofy little tale, as rambling as it may be at times.
Kane Le-Petit : I really really love Stephen Chow films. They are absolutely hilarious and joyful to watch , I always finish them with a huge smile on my facea and will happily watch them time and time again. King of Comedy is one of the weaker films I have seen by him so far, but it’s still hilarious. I am sucker for this type of immature yet somehow clever over the top humour that comes from simple facial expressions and movements
Jim Drew : Despite the complete absence of a crying Dalmation, and some utterly horrific product placement right at the end, Chow’s wit and charm ensures that you just can’t stay mad at him. Unlike any of his other films that I’ve seen, this is comparatively light on action set-pieces but the lunacy is still very much present, along with the laughs.
Ryan : Netflix made me think that this was a parody of Heroic Bloodshed films. It has a few moments of that but it’s something different. I haven’t seen many Chinese comedy films. In fact, other than action films with comedic elements, I’m not sure if I ever have seen a straight up Chinese comedy film. But judging from this, they strike me as similar to Japanese comedy films, with the very strange and quirky style. The thing is, I find comedy… more
Vincent Mollica : Can’t quite maintain the energy of the first act, but I generally found Chow’s hyperbolic approach to melodrama very effective.
samwunderl : All over the damn place, but Stephen Chow is extremely charming as always.