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Cape Fear Reviews

February 7, 2018
It gives you a pumped-up, thrill-happy ride (assuming you have a stomach for violent pulp) but it doesn't linger in the mind as Scorsese's richest movies do. It's a swell B movie dressed in haute cinematic couture.
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 24, 2011
It's hard to understand why Martin Scorsese wanted to remake a nasty, formulaic 1962 thriller whose only "classic" credentials are a terrifying performance by Robert Mitchum and a Bernard Herrmann score.
Top Critic
August 7, 2008
Smart and stylish.
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
Overblown horror-schlocker.
May 20, 2003
Stay away if you're squeamish but, if you do, you'll miss an essential work by one of our masters, as well as two of the year's most accomplished performances, those of Mr. De Niro and Ms. Lewis.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 12, 2001
Though Scorsese doesn't always transcend the pulp in Cape Fear, watching him try allows us to share the exhilaration he experiences behind the camera.
January 1, 2000
It's a helluva movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 1, 2000
It's a brutal, demonic film with a grip like a vise; it grabs you early, its fingers around your throat, and never lets go.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 1, 2000
Impressive moviemaking, showing Scorsese as a master of a traditional Hollywood genre who is able to mold it to his own themes and obsessions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 13, 1991
Proves that when a maverick virtuoso like Scorsese sets his mind to it, making ''mainstream'' movies is one more thing he can do better than just about anyone else.
Full Review | Original Score: A