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  • Summary: Small time celebrity photographer Les Galantine has a big mouth and big dreams, but he can’t quite talk himself into the right parties to get that one great exclusive photo. He meets Toby, a homeless kid who is drawn to the bright lights of New York City
    and “hires” him as his assistant.
    Les pays Toby nothing but room and board but the two are drawn to each other and become friends. Although Toby enjoys the glamor and excitement of Les’ lifestyle he has dreams of his own; to become an actor. Luck intervenes for Toby when he accidentally meets K’Harma Leeds, a beautiful pop diva. As their unlikely love blossoms Toby finds himself torn between a chance to follow his dream and to fulfill his obligation to Les. This conflict deepens when Toby leaves Les and lands a part on a Reality Show, partly by sleeping with the show’s casting director Dana. As Toby’s fortunes continue to rise, Les tries to reach out, while also maintaining a bitter resentment toward his former protégé… (Peace Arch Releasing) Expand
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. 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.
  3. 80
    Among DiCillo's best, and returns to the central theme of his career: the elusive and destructive nature of fame.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Too many different stories are vying for attention here, and none of them are very good.

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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. Expand
  2. ChristineF.
    Nov 1, 2007
    9
    I really enjoyed
  3. 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. Expand
  4. 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. Expand