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Bringing Out the Dead Reviews

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Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
August 21, 2009
I congratulate Martin Scorsese on this miraculous triumph over his personal demons, and pray for the swift recovery of his art.

September 17, 2008
A frankly disturbing experience since Cage is at his most manic, the images are brutal, the documentary-style background intense and the (inevitable) theme of redemption a long time emerging.
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
September 17, 2008
Its hard-to-pin-down tone is frighteningly original -- simultaneously world-weary and adolescent with an aura of perpetual anxiety, as if the characters and filmmakers were in pursuit of a catharsis everyone knows will never come.
Rob Gonsalves
August 11, 2007
Scorsese is married to a script that drags him down, keeps him from taking wing as a pure artist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Martin Scorsese is a wonderful filmmaker. And he loves New York. He is at his best, though, when he has an interesting story to tell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
An exciting, invigorating return to old preoccupations. Welcome home, Marty.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Of course, it's immaculately crafted and exhilaratingly paced, but in the end it's never as emotionally involving as it could and should be.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
December 23, 2005
However muddled the story gets, Scorsese guarantees Bringing Out the Dead remains a pulsating trip.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
It's assuredly the work of a master filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
March 3, 2005
It's another burnout role for Nicolas Cage, to which he brings his vast repertoire of grimaces and shuffles, as if he were variously impersonating a gargoyle on amphetamines and late Elvis on downers.
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
I don't recommend it, unless you care to see the best Nicolas Cage performance in several years, or some more of Scorcese's brilliant camera work.
| Original Score: B-
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
Scorsese doesn't trust the power of simplicity to rock us.
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 23, 2004
Everyone looks dead and they speak as if they live in a nightmarish dreamworld. Well, they do.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin Jackson
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002
A very different and, in many respects, very impressive film.
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Overlooked Martin Scorsese movie has grim humor, grit and grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Give it to Martin Scorsese to keep coming back and hitting one out of the park.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Bringing Out the Dead fails on almost every level at which Taxi Driver succeeded.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002
Um filme sobre solidão, medo e angústia que jamais fornece respostas fáceis para os dolorosos dilemas de seus personagens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
The auteur has definitely left his distinctive mark, but too seldom and too narrowly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 4, 2002
A riveting drama about a New York City paramedic who is experiencing a harrowing spiritual emergency.
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