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King of the Corner is not plot-driven. It's like life: just one damned thing after another
New York Post
A witty and wise midlife comedy, not only represents Peter Riegert's debut as a feature director but gives this gifted veteran performer his juiciest big-screen role in quite some time.
A warm, unexpectedly moving portrait of a man on the verge of what could either be a dreadful or delightful second chapter.
Chicago Tribune
Moments of this film reminded me of Alexander Payne's great library of male dysfunction -- "Election," "About Schmidt," "Sideways" -- not because King of the Corner actually reaches Payne's plane, but because I wish it had tried.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
The mild but affable story of an ad man's midlife crisis, King of the Corner is an actor's film in every way.
I've never quite figured out what the poker-faced Peter Riegert does as an actor, but his matter-of-fact minimalism is always funny and affecting.
It's all pleasant but fairly unimportant, and then -- POW -- comes the great scene, almost out of nowhere.
The Hollywood Reporter
King of the Corner has been adapted from Gerald Shapiro's "Bad Jews and Other Stories" and suffers from an odd, disjointed quality.
Peter Riegert's is a labor of love film where you feel love much stronger than you feel the film.
New York Daily News
But look up the word "slight" in the dictionary and you could find a still from this film.

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