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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.
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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
February 8, 2016
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
March 27, 2011
Scorsese generates plenty of atmosphere. There's a gritty look and feel to the story that perfectly captures 1970s New York City.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.75/4
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
November 7, 2002
Director Martin Scorsese's nightmare vision of Manhattan is important, impulsive work.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Scott Weinberg
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
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
August 16, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
September 30, 2016
A masterpiece, perhaps the masterpiece, of American loner-ness, a portrait of a psycho as a young man. Scorsese's interest in raging bulls and New York City wolves would return, but his fifth fiction-feature remains his magnum opus.
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