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Martin Scorsese's dbut feature has just the slightest bit of story line, but the movie is a fascinating portfolio piece: a black-and-white blueprint for "Mean Streets."January 16, 2017 | Full Review…
Zina Bethune, as the girl, is believable but Harvey Keitel, as the anti-hero, is alternatively boorish or bewildered.March 26, 2009 | Full Review…
In the aggressive self-confidence, the use of rock music, and the perceptive observation, Scorsese reveals an anthropological feel for street life and the attitudes of male adolescence.June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
The director, who also wrote the original story and screenplay, hasn't succeeded in making a drama that is really much more aware than the characters themselves.May 9, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
As a film, it has something to say to everyone. As a technical achievement, it brings together two opposing worlds of American cinema.October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
[It] can be read as a rather rough draft of Mean Streets.September 4, 2004 | Full Review…
Audience Reviews for Who's That Knocking at My Door?
Dec 04, 2016It's definitely not one of Scorsese's favorites, and probably for good reason. Who's That Knocking at My Door sees Scorsese in his debut without much polish or knack for how to effectively structure a feature debut. The problem with the film mostly falls on inexperience. Much like his second film, you see flashes of his greatness in camera movements and poise in developing likable character dynamics. Heck, he even showed promise in his screen writing abilities in a few scenes, and that's not even something he does all that often anymore. But with a low budget, sometimes sloppy editing, and a narrative that lacked substance, there isn't a whole lot to ride home about here. Certain aspects of the film reminded me about Richard Linklater's Before Trilogy, in that a good portion of the film just walking and talking. That, I found interesting. But I wasn't as invested in the story when it falls into the trap of gratuitous sex scenes and unnecessary yelling. Something, that Scorsese has been harped on later in his career, but it seemed really out of place in what was otherwise, a calm romance-drama. This is Scorsese's first feature, however. So perhaps certain narrative mishaps and editing issues should be forgiven, considering it underwent many changes during its production. It's also a far more artistically structured film than his subsequent movies, so by default it's more divisive. The characters just didn't connect with me. It plays more as an experiment than an experience, if that makes any sense. In all, there's flashes of the great Scorsese everyone loves, but not enough narratively here to make for a worthwhile viewing. +Interesting directing choices +Plenty of Scorsese staples -Narratively flawed -Not much substance -Gratuitous at times 4.6/10Thomas D Super Reviewer
Feb 07, 2010A convoluted mess, but still visually interesting.Tim S Super Reviewer
Jan 25, 2010The debut of the great Martin Scorsese. The story is so compelling, deep and interesting. What didn't really help was the screenplay that could have made the plot a lot more interesting, for what it's actually is. But taking it as an extension of a student film, "Who's that knocking at my door" is awesome. The movie also introduced Harvey Keitel, who like Scorsese will get world recognition, so in other terms this film was a rising of stars. The best thing in all of this was definitely the direction. Just Flawless ; especially noting the prostitutes scene and some shots near the end of the movie. You need to see this if you're a fan of Martin Scorsese, but if you're a lebanese girl, please stay away from it !!!Raja N Super Reviewer
Jan 09, 2010Harvey Keitel yapping on about The Searchers and other westerns was worth the entire movie, not to mention that it's Martin Scorsese's most cultured film. It's sort've brutal for being a light-hearted drama/romance. The shot after the opening credits of Keitel's gang beating up a teenager was interesting in that it is horriftingly nonchalant. A great debut in short.Conner R Super Reviewer
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