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Taxi Driver Reviews

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Derek Malcolm
Guardian
February 17, 2016
This is a wholly remarkable film, flaws and all. In fact, even the flaws are significant.
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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
February 8, 2016
De Niro ... manages to be as sad as he is frightening. From his general discomfort with others and his feeble attempts at communication, it's possible to recognize the root cause of Travis' inner distress as a terrible longing for approval.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 14, 2015
The classic cinematic thunderstorm - Paul Schrader's cool, sexually repressed formalism drifting into the humidity of Martin Scorsese's lurid, urban expressionism.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Josh Cabrita
The Young Folks
June 17, 2015
Taxi Driver is grounded in its socio-political context, yet it also touches on something more universal... how one finds purpose and identity in a collapsing capitalistic society.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
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
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A.D. Murphy
Variety
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
IGN DVD
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
London Evening Standard
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
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
May 10, 2011
Bickle is complex, intriguing and never one-note.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
March 27, 2011
Scorsese generates plenty of atmosphere. There's a gritty look and feel to the story that perfectly captures 1970s New York City.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.75/4
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
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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.
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