Cape Fear Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A
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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.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Overblown horror-schlocker.
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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
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Though Scorsese doesn't always transcend the pulp in Cape Fear, watching him try allows us to share the exhilaration he experiences behind the camera.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
It's a helluva movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
It's a brutal, demonic film with a grip like a vise; it grabs you early, its fingers around your throat, and never lets go.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Impressive moviemaking, showing Scorsese as a master of a traditional Hollywood genre who is able to mold it to his own themes and obsessions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Entertainment Weekly
November 13, 1991
Proves that when a maverick virtuoso like Scorsese sets his mind to it, making ''mainstream'' movies is one more thing he can do better than just about anyone else.
Full Review | Original Score: A