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Bringing Out the Dead Reviews

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Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

I congratulate Martin Scorsese on this miraculous triumph over his personal demons, and pray for the swift recovery of his art.

Full Review Source: City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

August 21, 2009

Film4

A frankly disturbing experience since Cage is at his most manic, the images are brutal, the documentary-style background intense and the (inevitable) theme of redemption a long time emerging.

Full Review Source: Film4

September 17, 2008
Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
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Its hard-to-pin-down tone is frighteningly original -- simultaneously world-weary and adolescent with an aura of perpetual anxiety, as if the characters and filmmakers were in pursuit of a catharsis everyone knows will never come.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 17, 2008
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

Scorsese is married to a script that drags him down, keeps him from taking wing as a pure artist.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

August 11, 2007
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

Martin Scorsese is a wonderful filmmaker. And he loves New York. He is at his best, though, when he has an interesting story to tell.

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 3/4

July 14, 2007
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine

An exciting, invigorating return to old preoccupations. Welcome home, Marty.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

December 30, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Of course, it's immaculately crafted and exhilaratingly paced, but in the end it's never as emotionally involving as it could and should be.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

However muddled the story gets, Scorsese guarantees Bringing Out the Dead remains a pulsating trip.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

December 23, 2005
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

It's assuredly the work of a master filmmaker.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B+

April 9, 2005
Stuart Klawans
The Nation

It's another burnout role for Nicolas Cage, to which he brings his vast repertoire of grimaces and shuffles, as if he were variously impersonating a gargoyle on amphetamines and late Elvis on downers.

March 3, 2005
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

I don't recommend it, unless you care to see the best Nicolas Cage performance in several years, or some more of Scorcese's brilliant camera work.

| Original Score: B-

December 6, 2004
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Scorsese doesn't trust the power of simplicity to rock us.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

August 7, 2004
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

Everyone looks dead and they speak as if they live in a nightmarish dreamworld. Well, they do.

Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) | Original Score: 3/4

June 23, 2004
Kevin Jackson
Sight and Sound

A very different and, in many respects, very impressive film.

Full Review Source: Sight and Sound

December 2, 2002
James Rocchi
Netflix

Overlooked Martin Scorsese movie has grim humor, grit and grace.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 5/5

November 7, 2002
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

Give it to Martin Scorsese to keep coming back and hitting one out of the park.

Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal | Original Score: 4/4

September 10, 2002
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine

Bringing Out the Dead fails on almost every level at which Taxi Driver succeeded.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

June 5, 2002
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Um filme sobre solidão, medo e angústia que jamais fornece respostas fáceis para os dolorosos dilemas de seus personagens.

Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena | Original Score: 4/5

May 31, 2002

Globe and Mail
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The auteur has definitely left his distinctive mark, but too seldom and too narrowly.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 19, 2002
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A riveting drama about a New York City paramedic who is experiencing a harrowing spiritual emergency.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

March 4, 2002
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