Cape Fear Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
August 24, 2013
shows brilliant work with suspense, sound, matte paintings and violence
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
January 20, 2012
Scorsese's remake (also hommage in some ways) is inferior to the original 1962 version, though the acting is good, and both Robert De Niro and Juliette Lewis garnered Oscar nominations.
Full Review | Original Score: B-

TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 24, 2011
Martin Scorsese's loose remake of J. Lee Thompson's 1962 thriller is an exercise in audience manipulation, with every frame designed to stagger the senses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

Film4
May 24, 2011
It has a lot to recommend it, but did we really need a remake of Cape Fear?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 24, 2011
It's hard to understand why Martin Scorsese wanted to remake a nasty, formulaic 1962 thriller whose only "classic" credentials are a terrifying performance by Robert Mitchum and a Bernard Herrmann score.
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Variety
August 7, 2008
Smart and stylish.
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
February 4, 2008
Scorsese cria com riqueza de detalhes um neo noir que, com um estilo marcado, se diferencia de boa parte de sua obra, demonstrando simultaneamente sua versatilidade e seu conhecimento sobre a história do Cinema.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 7, 2007
The only thing I got out of this film is a sense of deja vu that I could do without.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
October 10, 2006
In Scorsese's frightfully wrong remake, De Niro seduces a teen (Juliette Lewis), bites off breasts with geek-like fury and breaks the world's record for longest hitchhike on the underside of a car.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Overblown horror-schlocker.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
The heart-warming story of a hardened convict returning to exact revenge on the lawyer who put him in jail.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chuck O'Leary
FulvueDrive-in.com
July 29, 2005
Auteur Scorsese remakes a solid 1962 thriller and turns it another of his fascinating tales of obsession.
| Original Score: 8/10
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 16, 2003
Exquisitely overwrought, with maximum tension and brilliant acting, especially by Juliette Lewis.
| Original Score: 5/5
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com
July 3, 2003
If I wanted to watch a bunch of pointless brutality, I'd go turn on the news.
| Original Score: 1/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
May 30, 2003
Lousy remake of a mediocre movie.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Stay away if you're squeamish but, if you do, you'll miss an essential work by one of our masters, as well as two of the year's most accomplished performances, those of Mr. De Niro and Ms. Lewis.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 12, 2003
A Scorsese misfire with a lot of unintended laughs.
| Original Score: 2/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 23, 2003
The opening title sequences are excellent, among the best I've ever seen. The cinematography is top notch. Camera movement and angles are innovative and captivating. There's a lot to recommend this film. It certainly rises above its weaknesses.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
August 29, 2002
Scorcese drew seminal and genuinely creepy performances from his stars in this thriller remake.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 2, 2002
Very frightening. An inspired remake.
| Original Score: 4/5
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