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Taxi Driver Reviews

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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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.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

August 30, 2009
A.A. Dowd
Time Out Chicago

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

Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago | Original Score: 5/5

April 29, 2013
David Gurney
Common Sense Media

Portrait of a very disturbed man; NOT for kids.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2011
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

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 Source: Cinema Autopsy | Original Score: 5/5

July 4, 2011
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 5/5

February 7, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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One of the best and most powerful of all films.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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A masterful psychological study, the depth of which can only fully be appreciated on repeat viewings.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
John Ferguson
Radio Times

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 Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 5/5

May 12, 2011
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

An utter masterwork of shifting tones and flowering angst.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 4/4

June 17, 2005
James Rocchi
Netflix

Director Martin Scorsese's nightmare vision of Manhattan is important, impulsive work.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 5/5

November 7, 2002
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

| Original Score: 5/5

July 29, 2002

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 Source: AskMen.com | Original Score: 96/100

November 4, 2009
Anton Bitel
Scene 360

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.

Full Review Source: Scene 360

July 2, 2013
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

De Niro is brilliant, but the film as a whole is less successful than its formidable reputation suggests

| Original Score: 3/5

December 30, 2002
Rebecca Murray
About.com

| Original Score: 5/5

August 16, 2003
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

[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 Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A+

March 11, 2014
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Perhaps the most formally ravishing-as well as the most morally and ideologically problematic-film ever directed by Martin Scorsese, the 1976 Taxi Driver remains a disturbing landmark for the kind of voluptuous doublethink it helped ratify.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Acclaimed for its gritty realism, but it has an equal amount of cinematic reverie.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

October 9, 2006
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 4/4

March 17, 2011
A.D. Murphy
Variety
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It's a powerful film and a terrific showcase for the versatility of star Robert De Niro.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 23, 2012
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