Bringing Out the Dead Reviews

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Film4
September 17, 2008

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.

Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
September 17, 2008

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.

Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007

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 | Original Score: 3/4
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
December 23, 2005

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005

It's assuredly the work of a master filmmaker.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 23, 2004

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin Jackson
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002

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

James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002

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

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 4, 2002

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

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 26, 2001

Martin Scorsese's new movie is both amazing and darkly hilarious.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Andrew Howe
Film Written Magazine
April 1, 2001

A powerful, emotionally-draining slice-of-life.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
March 21, 2001

It's still a marginal cut below his greatest triumphs. But not by too much, I think.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jorge Avila Andrade
Moviola
March 14, 2001

Vidas al Límite es más que nada un buen ejercicio para Scorsese, ya que si bien no es de su mejores cintas, sí contiene varias secuencias que son dignas de llamar la atención

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001

A harrowing, darkly comic tale.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2001

The creative energy contrasts with the destructiveness of life. These are the things Scorsese sees when he closes his eyes, and he has the craft to pull you into that world of his.

Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
January 1, 2000

This is the real poop behind the medical emergency scenes. Scorsese and team don't hold back.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Greg Dean Schmitz
Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies
January 1, 2000

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012

Jim Bartoo
Hollywood.com
September 8, 2009

David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
October 14, 2006


Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002

M. C. Zenner
Senses of Cinema
June 12, 2001

Scott A. Mantz
Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000

Full Review | Original Score: 9/5

Irish Times
January 1, 2000

Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000

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