Bringing Out the Dead

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3.6

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 106 Ratings

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  • Summary: Surrounded by the injured and the dying, EMS paramedic Frank (Cage) is dwelling in an urban night-world, crumbling under the accumulated weight of too many years of saving and losing lives. The film follows Frank over the course of fifty-six hours in his life - two days and three nights onSurrounded by the injured and the dying, EMS paramedic Frank (Cage) is dwelling in an urban night-world, crumbling under the accumulated weight of too many years of saving and losing lives. The film follows Frank over the course of fifty-six hours in his life - two days and three nights on the job - as he reaches the very brink of spiritual collapse and redemption. (Paramount Pictures) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    100
    Blazes up constantly with a stunning, off-kilter brilliance, an incandescent force that sometimes explodes the space between us and the screen.
  2. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    90
    Certainly one of his (Scorsese's) most profound works.
  3. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    80
    Achieves a poetic, quasi-religious tone.
  4. An ecstatic sensory experience so overloaded it hardly matters that the narrative has been placed on a back burner.
  5. Portland Oregonian
    Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    67
    Although it tries continually to focus on the heart, it ultimately fails to ignite it.
  6. Despite moments of gritty greatness that rival Scorsese's best, the movie is severely hampered by please-everyone syndrome, especially in the editing and choice of music.
  7. Falls far short of its grim potential.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. JimmyP.
    Mar 18, 2007
    10
    I thought that this might be maybe one of if not Scorsese's most overlooked film. I thought it had a powerful message, gripping I thought that this might be maybe one of if not Scorsese's most overlooked film. I thought it had a powerful message, gripping direction, and standout performances, from Nicolas Cage, and Ving Rhames. Lookout for Scorsese's voice on the dispatch, and also Queen Latifah's. Expand
  2. Sep 15, 2010
    10
    The people who I have suggested this film to and disliked it all had one thing in common: they were dissatisfied with a broken and hopelessThe people who I have suggested this film to and disliked it all had one thing in common: they were dissatisfied with a broken and hopeless environment, mental instability, and intense emotions to be the focus of movies. However, the ones that did like it agree with me that when one takes what is presented on the screen and looks beneath it, the film is now rife with inner conflicts and turmoil, so many different kinds that do not need to be expressed with extroverted antics. Cage's character was intense without having to do or say too much to pass that. Collapse
  3. Barryw.
    Dec 1, 2005
    10
    This movie is excellent.the acting is superb,and the story deep and full of humor,love,and spritual lessons.i loved the movie.
  4. May 20, 2016
    9
    One of the few if not the only movie I can watch over and over again. Truly a favorite of mine. Totally recommended.

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  5. Apr 1, 2016
    5
    I did not love Bringing Out the Dead. A compelling character study, the film simply does not resolve enough about its premise to be a trulyI did not love Bringing Out the Dead. A compelling character study, the film simply does not resolve enough about its premise to be a truly good film. The whole film builds up to something and the pay-off, if it is there, is so not worth it. It does not deserve the low audience score it has on Metacritic, though I would attribute that to some weird bot based on the amount of negativity compared to the positive reviews. It is really well done and the acting across the board, especially Ving Rhames, is very good. It is well-written and all that, minus the ending. Another problem I had here was with the editing. I typically love the editing in Scorsese's work, but here, it feels quite disjointed and downright odd at times. Overall, Bringing Out the Dead is an oddly put together and somewhat incomplete work from a master director. Expand

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