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7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
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  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 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. Expand
  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.
  3. ChristineF.
    Nov 1, 2007
    9
    I really enjoyed
  4. DWilly
    Aug 18, 2007
    8
    Very cool. Fllawed around the edges, but the huge talent of this Michael Pitt kid and Alison Lohman crush some big-time moments. Steve Buscemi will be overrated because his casting is so good, and he does occaisionally succeed in rising above his usual, bit player schtick, but, like Gina Gershon, he's not in the same league as these two youngsters. Unusual and authentic filmmaking.
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68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Sura Wood
    80
    Smart, funny and ultimately over-the-top spoof is more often than not, spot on.
  2. 80
    The movie is exhilarating in a way that only hard-won knowledge of the world can be.
  3. 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.