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A must-see film for movie lovers, this Martin Scorsese masterpiece is as hard-hitting as it is compelling, with Robert De Niro at his best. Read critic reviews

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Suffering from insomnia, disturbed loner Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) takes a job as a New York City cabbie, haunting the streets nightly, growing increasingly detached from reality as he dreams of cleaning up the filthy city. When Travis meets pretty campaign worker Betsy (Cybill Shepherd), he becomes obsessed with the idea of saving the world, first plotting to assassinate a presidential candidate, then directing his attentions toward rescuing 12-year-old prostitute Iris (Jodie Foster).

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All Critics (94) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (90) | Rotten (4)

  • The problem lies less with what the film has to say than the way it says it: the laboriousness with which its sermon on the seeds of fascism is spelled out.

    May 12, 2020 | Full Review…
  • No other film has ever dramatized urban indifference so powerfully; at first, here, it's horrifyingly funny, and then just horrifying.

    September 6, 2018 | Full Review…
  • As with John Wayne's Ethan Edwards (Travis's spiritual forefather), his thwarted patriarchal possessiveness is not tempered by anything like genuine concern, yet it is enough... to make him a peculiarly American folk hero.

    March 3, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Martin Scorsese's unflinching plunge into the darkest recesses of the human soul feels painfully relevant.

    February 6, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • This is a wholly remarkable film, flaws and all. In fact, even the flaws are significant.

    February 17, 2016 | Full Review…
  • De Niro ... manages to be as sad as he is frightening. From his general discomfort with others and his feeble attempts at communication, it's possible to recognize the root cause of Travis' inner distress as a terrible longing for approval.

    February 8, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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  • Jul 21, 2016
    9/10/2017 - An amazing character study about a lonely and mentally unstable man who decides to do something about the "filth" in his city.
    Peter B Super Reviewer
  • May 23, 2016
    A brilliant psychoanalysis of a disturbed individual, Taxi Driver is masterfully directed and showcases the career-defining performance of Robert De Niro, and remains just as poignant and hard-hitting as it was back then.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 07, 2016
    Upon revisiting this film for a college course I realized a few things; One being that Robert De Niro may have never given a better performance than Travis Bickle, two being that this film was way more ahead of its time than many 70's noir thrillers, and three being Martin Scorsese is one of the greatest directors of all time. Sure all things many people knew already, but for some reason didn't resonate with me the first time. Taxi Driver tells the unfortunate story of Travis Bickle, an ex-marine just returning from his time in Vietnam who struggles to cope with paranoid psychosis in 1970's New York. Beginning and ending with trippy colors and stylish music from Bernard Hermann, Taxi Driver gets under your skin only when it wants to and in the most in opportune times. It succeeds in giving you the uncomfortable feeling and anguish most associated with noir and it does so in fashion. Bickle's skepticism and cynical view of New York City is perfectly portrayed by De Niro as we root for him the entire length of the movie. All of this tends to get him into trouble, but we don't care, because we are so sucked into Bickle's every move and every word that we don't tend to notice just how insane he has become. Of course, the film is iconic for its famous "You talkin to me?" line and its brutally violent climax, but its Scorsese's direction of De Niro's performance I will remember most. With this film comes plenty of questions as to whether or not any of it is actually real or not, which in most cases is valid. But I don't really care one way or another. No matter what, this is a tragic tale of a man lost in a world that he doesn't understand and a world that doesn't understand him. Whether or not the engaging narration is misleading is up to interpretation, but I just know that it's a wonderfully intricate story of a troubled Taxi Driver. If De Niro's encapsulating performance isn't enough for you than perhaps Scorsese's brilliant direction and Bernard Hermann's hauntingly beautiful and stylish score will be. Taxi Driver is a masterpiece. +De Niro is an all-time best +Scorsese's meticulous direction +Engaging in an unfortunately tragic way +Score +Noir way ahead of its time 9.5/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Feb 05, 2016
    By far in my opinion Scorsese's best film! This film affected me on a personal level. Great acting, perfectly written plot and set pieces with Robert De Niro at what is probably his best. Taxi Driver is a masterpiece in cinema and requires viewing!
    Mr N Super Reviewer

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