A Taxi Driver (2017)


Critic Consensus: A Taxi Driver brings a ground-level perspective and a refreshingly light touch to a fact-based story with sobering implications.


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In this powerful true story set in 1980, a down-on-his-luck taxi driver from Seoul is hired by a foreign journalist who wants to go to the town of Gwangju for the day. They arrive to find a city under siege by the military government, with the citizens, led by a determined group of college students, rising up to demand freedom. What began as an easy fare becomes a life-or-death struggle in the midst of the Gwangju Uprising, a critical event in modern South Korea.

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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (6)

An entertaining journey into a tragic and violent chapter of Korean modern history.

Aug 16, 2017 | Full Review…
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A richly imagined tribute to a working-class hero.

Aug 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Song's performance makes me wish the rest of A Taxi Driver was as thoughtful.

Aug 11, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

While a bit ponderous and overlong, it is a heartfelt appreciation of ordinary people turned heroes in extraordinary circumstances.

Aug 11, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

An effective - and affecting - fact-based political drama set against the bloody backdrop of South Korea's 1980 Guangju Democratic Uprising.

Aug 10, 2017 | Full Review…

An affecting what-if tale.

Aug 10, 2017 | Full Review…

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