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Taxi Driver (1976)

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98

Average Rating: 9/10
Reviews Counted: 63
Fresh: 62 | Rotten: 1

A must-see film for movie lovers, this Martin Scorsese masterpiece is as hard-hitting as it is compelling, with Robert De Niro at his best.

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Average Rating: 8/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 1

A must-see film for movie lovers, this Martin Scorsese masterpiece is as hard-hitting as it is compelling, with Robert De Niro at his best.

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"All the animals come out at night" -- and one of them is a cabby about to snap. In Martin Scorsese's classic 1970s drama, insomniac ex-Marine Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) works the nightshift, driving his cab throughout decaying mid-'70s New York City, wishing for a "real rain" to wash the "scum" off the neon-lit streets. Chronically alone, Travis cannot connect with anyone, not even with such other cabbies as blowhard Wizard (Peter Boyle). He becomes infatuated with vapid blonde presidential

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Paul Schrader

Jun 15, 1999

Columbia Pictures

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All Critics (63) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (62) | Rotten (1) | DVD (27)

It's a powerful film and a terrific showcase for the versatility of star Robert De Niro.

February 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
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Bickle is complex, intriguing and never one-note.

May 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Like Werner Herzog's Aguirre or Coppola's Apocalypse Now, Taxi Driver is auteurist psychodrama.

March 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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[Scorsese] seems to need scripts with well-designed humor and performers with the spirit of Ellen Burstyn to compensate for what seems to be a fundamentally depressed view of life and the belief that sobriety is the equivalent of seriousness.

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine | Comments (115)
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New York may have changed, but Taxi Driver is as powerful and painful as ever.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Martin Scorsese's history-making scald is truly a phenomenon from another day and age. Which is to say, imagine a like-minded film of this decade killing at the box office and getting nommed for Best Picture.

January 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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So much of American popular culture, and modern Cinema's urban aesthetic, owes a debt to Martin Scorsese's groundbreaking fourth feature film that it is impossible to imagine a world without "Taxi Driver."

March 11, 2014 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

even more unnerving than his own psychotic behaviour is the easy way in which [Travis Bickle] is assimilated and integrated into the very society that he endangers.

July 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Scene 360
Scene 360

What strikes you aren't just the iconic moments, but the little ones.

April 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
Time Out Chicago

Taxi Driver is a brilliant study of alienation, obsession, paranoia and perverse desire. There's an undeniable power and grittiness that very few films have come close to capturing since.

July 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy
Cinema Autopsy

Scorsese's masterpiece of urban alienation...

May 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

A haunting, visceral trip through the mind of a man on the edge of his own sanity.

May 16, 2011 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD

This is an extraordinary film. De Niro in the central role delivers one of those powerhouse performances that simply blows the audience away.

May 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Melodramatic as it often is, the film is a riveting watch and De Niro provides a character study it is impossible to forget.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

The bustling helter-skelter of Scorsese's Mean Streets gives way to a measured, chilly calm, and cinematographer Michael Chapman ensures the Big Apple glistens with barely concealed menace.

May 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Hitchcockian unease permeates the film, but so too does a Godardian use of space and a Bressonian focus on obsession heighten the mounting sense of dread.

March 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Portrait of a very disturbed man; NOT for kids.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

... a portrait in psychosis and dislocation with a protagonist whose racism and intolerance becomes his excuse to unleash his anger in a violent spree under the guise of heroism.

December 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Turner Classic Movies Online
Turner Classic Movies Online

Writer Paul Schrader and director Martin Scorsese made names for themselves with this exquisitely crafted window into the contemporary male psyche. Taxi Driver seems aimless, taking as many u-turns and detours as a cabby does in the night. But it's

November 4, 2009 Full Review Source: AskMen.com

Martin Scorsese's masterly Taxi Driver both encapsulates and transcends its times.

February 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

If you haven't seen Taxi Driver, your education in film hasn't even begun.

February 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comments (7)
Film4

Get in and take a nightmare ride on perhaps Scorsese's best picture, the story of Vietnam vet Travis Bickle's fight to win the woman of his dreams in the seedy Big Apple.

March 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly | Comment (1)

Audience Reviews for Taxi Driver

Travis Bickle: Listen, you fuckers, you screwheads. Here is a man who would not take it anymore. A man who stood up against the scum, the cunts, the dogs, the filth, the shit. Here is a man who stood up.

"He's a lonely forgotten man desperate to prove he's alive."

Taxi Driver is a phenomenal film. It's Martin Scorsese's first masterpiece and one that stands up as one of his best films, if not his best, after decades of great filmmaking. This is where all the promise of his first three films, Who's That Knocking at my Door?, Boxcar Bertha and Mean Streets, is fully realized. Taxi Driver is great on many levels. It's a gritty character study, that has elements of a former soldier trying to adjust back into normal society. 

Travis Bickel is a Vietnam War vet who takes the night shift as a taxi driver in New York because he can't sleep at night. You could also call him a stalker. There's a woman, Betsy, who works for a presidential campaign that infatuates Travis and he makes sure he meets her. Then there's the twelve year old prostitute that makes Travis snap and seek out the people who control her. It's a slow build as Travis slowly loses his human side completely. 

There's a great cast of young actors in the early years of their career here. Robert De Niro, Cybil Shepherd, Albert Brooks, Jodie Foster, Harvey Keitel, and Peter Boyle; it doesn't get a whole lot better than that. Robert De Niro gives a haunting portrayal of Travis Bickel and his role here still stands as one of the best of his career. The other standout is the young Jodie Foster, who was always able to play extremely mature young women, as she did in The Girl Who Lives Down the Lane. 

Taxi Driver is a film that cannot go unseen. It's widely considered one of the greatest American movies of all-time and there's good reason for that. There's so many reasons to watch this movie. From Scorsese to Paul Schrader's script to Robert De Niro, it's a film that has it all. 
March 16, 2014
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Melvin White

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You talkin' to me? Then who the hell else are you talkin' to? You talkin' to me? Well, I'm the only one here. . . .

De Niro's first huge effort. Monumental, really. Assassin or savior? Life works on little twists of fate or circumstance sometimes. De Niro's final journey toward healing is one of the most harrowing sequences in movie history. What an intense acting job. Jodi Foster's great future acting career is assured.
February 20, 2013
binky013

Super Reviewer

All I kept thinking was insanity is not a new movie theme!
December 26, 2012
Tomassgringo

Super Reviewer

A masterstroke by the great Martin Scorsese concerning a recently returned Vietnam War veteran (Robert De Niro) who picks up a job in New York City as a taxi driver, and how a young campaign worker (Cybill Shepherd) catches his eye, before the relationship sours and he begins to slowly drift into insanity. Another classic that, after re-watching a few years later, has opened my eyes to more things that make this movie truly a work of art. Each scene, character, and action in the movie serves a purpose, with a script that offers multiple interpretations as to what it all could mean (especially its conclusion). Robert De Niro's legendary, terrifying turn is one of the best performances of all-time, and the slow-burn method of showing his characters insanity isn't aiming for shock, moreso a steady pattern of decline into madness that is frighteningly realistic as much as it is disturbing. I did not like this movie upon first seeing it, but now I think it is one of the best films of all-time that anyone who claims to love movies must see.
November 18, 2012
Dan Schultz

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    1. Sport: Ahhhhhh! I'm gut shot!
    – Submitted by Jesse K (5 months ago)
    1. Iris: Didn't you ever hear of women's lib?
    – Submitted by Lilya S (7 months ago)
    1. Travis Bickle: Don't be a whore, you're only 12 years old, Go home!
    – Submitted by Jesse K (10 months ago)
    1. Travis Bickle: I don't know. That's about the dumbest thing I ever heard.
    – Submitted by Garrett C (13 months ago)
    1. Travis Bickle: You talkin' to me?
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    1. Travis Bickle: You're only as healthy as you feel.
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