Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 88
    This is the best DiCillo movie I've seen, and he's made some good ones ("Box of Moonlight," "The Real Blonde").
  2. It would be nice to see a sharp, funny, penetrating satire of the new, kicked-up culture of empty media fame, but Tom DiCillo's scattershot buddy movie Delirious isn't it.
  3. 75
    Despite some plot holes, Delirious, hits the bull's-eye with razor-sharp performances and dialogue.
  4. 75
    Buscemi makes this pathetic and potentially lethal shutterbug a figure of surprising humor and compassion.
  5. 75
    DiCillo's short, sharp snapshot about celebrity and life on the fringe has nothing new to say, but it says it with considerable charm and affection.
  6. Too many different stories are vying for attention here, and none of them are very good.
  7. Tom DiCillo’s angry comedy Delirious subjects modern celebrity culture to a microscopic examination that shows the toxic virus of fame squirming and multiplying under its lens.
  8. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    Everyone here is obsessed with finding "the real thing" - the next hot actor, the next revealing paparazzi shot, the lover or the friend who'll make it all worthwhile. Everyone settles for the illusion of reality instead. It's prettier, and it doesn't hurt so much.
  9. 58
    Though it scores a reasonable share of laughs, Delirious might have been better off if it weren't a comedy at all.
  10. Purports to give us the lowdown on Manhattan celebrity life, yet it depends so consistently on plot contrivances and other movies (The King of Comedy, Midnight Cowboy, even All About Eve) that it often comes across as wannabe muckraking.
  11. In the end, I don't know that Delirious has all that much to say about the fame game, but you'll laugh nonetheless.
  12. 80
    Among DiCillo's best, and returns to the central theme of his career: the elusive and destructive nature of fame.
  13. 67
    The jokes are sparse and predictable, and the storytelling is, too. But Buscemi and Gershon have great fun with their roles, and Pitt is strangely agreeable about the whole thing. Bully for him.
  14. 70
    Agently attitudinous, generally zippy urban fairy tale about pop stars and the hangers-on who coddle (or prey upon) them, Tom DiCillo's Delirious is a mild "Midnight Cowboy," a minor "King of Comedy," and mainly a vehicle for Steve Buscemi as a lower Manhattan–based paparazzo.
  15. 80
    The movie is exhilarating in a way that only hard-won knowledge of the world can be.
  16. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    50
    The movie becomes less fizzy once DeCillo decides to make A Statement (a rather incoherent one at that).
  17. 70
    A story peopled by flawed archetypes, it's an achingly funny film that is also a little sad around the edges.
  18. 80
    An all-or-nothing perf from old DiCillo hand Steve Buscemi and a script that leaves no ironical stone unturned make this laugh-out-loud fare.
  19. Reviewed by: Sura Wood
    80
    Smart, funny and ultimately over-the-top spoof is more often than not, spot on.
  20. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    75
    Engaging, intelligent and enjoyable.
  21. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    75
    Wonderfully giddy meditation on the nature of fame.
  22. Reviewed by: Jeremy Mathews
    70
    The story's surprises range from clever to annoying, but DiCillo manages to hold it all together with his consistently amusing cast members, who make you laugh at their characters' self-absorbed folly.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. ChadS.
    May 6, 2008
    9
    Who makes you delirious? Fiona Apple makes me delirious. Boys have crushes on pop stars too, just like Lucie(Islid LeBesco) in Emmanuelle Bercot's "Backstage", a French film from 2006 about a fan's obsession with female pop star Lauren Waks(Emmanuelle Seigner), a diva, just like K'Harma Leeds(Alison Lohman), whom Toby Grace(Michael Pitt) is besotted with. Rather than be a gopher, this former-photographer's assistant becomes K'harma's boyfriend, and the star of a reality-TV show that makes being homeless the next chic thing. "Delirious" is a very smart and funny film about how the paparazzi needs the stars, and the stars need the paparazzi. What's surprising about "Delirious" is that the film sides with Les Galantine(Steve Buscemi) rather than the stars, who are portrayed here as vapid, egocentric(with the exception of K'Harma, who is both, vapid and egocentric, but disarmingly sweet) twits. Even Elvis Costello(playing himself) is a twit. He wants to write a musical based on the life of Britney Spears for K'Harma(this is a thinly-veiled reference to Costello's work with Wendy James(ex-Transvision Vamp), whom he wrote an entire album for(1993's "Now Ain't the Time For Your Tears"). When Les meets the man who wrote "Allison" at a party, he goes into the bathroom to wash his hands. Les comes clean. The bathroom becomes the honesty room. Mirror time. The mirror doesn't lie. He's not a "licensed professional", after all; he's a paparazzi, just like all the rest. Without any pretenses, when Les points his camera at a subject, he uses it as a weapon. He will use it again. Full Review »
  2. JayH.
    Feb 25, 2008
    6
    6.5/10. Very good story, the characters have depth and the performances are silid and well done, especially Steve Buscemi. fine writing and direction, very entertaining. Full Review »
  3. ChristineF.
    Nov 1, 2007
    9
    I really enjoyed