Taxi Driver Reviews

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Cole Smithey
March 11, 2014

[VIDEO ESSAY] 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."

Full Review | Original Score: A+
Anton Bitel
Scene 360
July 2, 2013

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.

A.A. Dowd
Time Out Chicago
April 29, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
A.D. Murphy
Top Critic
February 23, 2012

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

Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
July 4, 2011

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matt Glasby
Total Film
May 18, 2011

Scorsese's masterpiece of urban alienation...

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
R. L. Shaffer
May 16, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
May 16, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
May 13, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
John Ferguson
Radio Times
May 12, 2011

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
Top Critic
May 10, 2011

Bickle is complex, intriguing and never one-note.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
March 17, 2011

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
Top Critic
March 15, 2011

Like Werner Herzog's Aguirre or Coppola's Apocalypse Now, Taxi Driver is auteurist psychodrama.

David Gurney
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011

Portrait of a very disturbed man; NOT for kids.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
December 6, 2009

... 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.

Radheyan Simonpillai
November 4, 2009

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

Full Review | Original Score: 96/100
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
Top Critic
August 30, 2009

[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.

Philip French
Observer [UK]
February 12, 2008

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

Richard Luck
February 12, 2008

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

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
March 15, 2007

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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