Taxi Driver Reviews

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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.
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
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
David Gurney
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Portrait of a very disturbed man; NOT for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 7, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
One of the best and most powerful of all films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
A masterful psychological study, the depth of which can only fully be appreciated on repeat viewings.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 17, 2005
An utter masterwork of shifting tones and flowering angst.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Director Martin Scorsese's nightmare vision of Manhattan is important, impulsive work.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 29, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
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
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.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
December 30, 2002
De Niro is brilliant, but the film as a whole is less successful than its formidable reputation suggests
| Original Score: 3/5
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
Rebecca Murray
About.com
August 16, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
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+
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 9, 2006
Acclaimed for its gritty realism, but it has an equal amount of cinematic reverie.
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