|Paramount Pictures | Release Date: October 22, 1999||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
Filled with so much heartbreaking beauty, Bringing Out the Dead might be best described as an artist's sketchbook, a series of tableaux and ideas that provide a telling glimpse of a director whose work is always evolving.
Blazes up constantly with a stunning, off-kilter brilliance, an incandescent force that sometimes explodes the space between us and the screen.
A relentless descent into a psychedelic hell, a rambunctious feel-bad epic.
There's talent to burn in this movie. But the flame is cold.
It's a slice of life, with all the trimmings, and one of the strongest films of the year.
Downbeat and at times strangely slow-moving despite all its beautifully shot high-speed ambulance rides.
Full of bravura moments and high-wire performances.
Develops microclimates of mood without fully developing the same shadings of character.
Although it tries continually to focus on the heart, it ultimately fails to ignite it.
Cage, who gives a blazing, imposive performance, uses his haunted eyes to reveal the emotional scars that Frank can't heal.
Like its title -- blunt, thruthful, uncompromising. It is hard on an audience, even harrowing. But that's exactly what Martin Scorsese was put on earth to do.
Fans of the greatest working film director will be pleased.
In a role as tailor-made for him as the story is for its writer and director, Nicolas Cage anchors the movie with one of his best performances.
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