Scorsese is married to a script that drags him down, keeps him from taking wing as a pure artist.
| Original Score: 3/5
A shocking disappointment.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
It lacks substance and weight. Scorsese has given us a flashy picture show, nothing more.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
There's no story to speak of.
| Original Score: 4/10
It's so cool, it's stone cold.
| Original Score: 3/10
The mood is less angst-ridden than hypercaffeinated, as Scorsese keeps cranking the velocity-bloodbath in the reggae inferno, exploding skyline pietà, climactic white light of redemption.
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-
The ideas are here and so is the cast, but the set-ups in the script are merely serviceable.
| Original Score: C+
A huge disappointment.
I congratulate Martin Scorsese on this miraculous triumph over his personal demons, and pray for the swift recovery of his art.
Rent it on DVD, go straight to the scenes with Rhames, and then take it back the same night.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Never manages to cohere into a solid piece of work.
I can't say that this will be a film that will draw you in with its meaningful story or original undertones.
| Original Score: 6/10
Bringing Out the Dead is curiously and disappointingly lethargic.
Its central story and character are so uninvolving that they're overshadowed by the visaul razzle-dazzle and fail to act as a cohesive for all Scorsese's cinematic tricks.
The film is very uneven and leads Cage and Arquette are really bad actors.
They recycle too many scenes and themes from Taxi Driver.
A collection of enthusiastic episodes trussed up with tone-deaf padding.
| Original Score: 9/5