I congratulate Martin Scorsese on this miraculous triumph over his personal demons, and pray for the swift recovery of his art.
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.
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.
Scorsese is married to a script that drags him down, keeps him from taking wing as a pure artist.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
An exciting, invigorating return to old preoccupations. Welcome home, Marty.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
However muddled the story gets, Scorsese guarantees Bringing Out the Dead remains a pulsating trip.
| Original Score: 3/4
It's assuredly the work of a master filmmaker.
| Original Score: B+
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.
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-
Scorsese doesn't trust the power of simplicity to rock us.
Everyone looks dead and they speak as if they live in a nightmarish dreamworld. Well, they do.
A very different and, in many respects, very impressive film.
Overlooked Martin Scorsese movie has grim humor, grit and grace.
| Original Score: 5/5
Give it to Martin Scorsese to keep coming back and hitting one out of the park.
| Original Score: 4/4
Bringing Out the Dead fails on almost every level at which Taxi Driver succeeded.
| Original Score: 2/5
Um filme sobre solidão, medo e angústia que jamais fornece respostas fáceis para os dolorosos dilemas de seus personagens.
The auteur has definitely left his distinctive mark, but too seldom and too narrowly.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
A riveting drama about a New York City paramedic who is experiencing a harrowing spiritual emergency.