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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Staff (not credited)
    100
    A hypnotically engrossing thriller that spins along on the dreams and anxieties of its characters.
  2. Martin Scorsese brings honor back to the remake. He shines up this reprise of the original with original brilliance
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (not credited)
    80
    A smart and stylish remake of the 1962 suspenser.
  4. 75
    Impressive moviemaking, showing Scorsese as a master of a traditional Hollywood genre.
  5. Reviewed by: Hal Hinson
    70
    It's a brutal, demonic film with a grip like a vise; it grabs you early, its fingers around your throat, and never lets go.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (not credited)
    70
    An exercise in audience manipulation, with every frame designed to stagger the senses.
  7. Reviewed by: Terrence Rafferty
    60
    The movie keeps insisting that the gruelling experience it's putting us through is really meant to edify us; it drags us into the mud and then tells us that we haven't got dirty.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Mar 2, 2011
    8
    I was scared to death and too grossed out to ever watch again. DeNiro outdoes himself as a sick and twisted vengeful pig who goes after aI was scared to death and too grossed out to ever watch again. DeNiro outdoes himself as a sick and twisted vengeful pig who goes after a lawyer and his family after he is released from jail. It sounds run of the mill but isn't, to say the least. As usual, I saw this on TV so it wasn't even as violent as it could have been. Expand
  2. May 8, 2014
    8
    Martin Scorsese's remake of Cape Fear is one of the best. De Niro has played gangsters and boxers, but don't worry he is a genius as aMartin Scorsese's remake of Cape Fear is one of the best. De Niro has played gangsters and boxers, but don't worry he is a genius as a psycopath, Nick Nolte, Julliete Lewis and Jessica Lange put on great performances too. Expand
  3. JoshC
    Nov 19, 2006
    7
    Not Scorsese at his best, but better than white elephant art like The Age of Innocence, and bloated epics like Gangs of NY and The Aviator. Not Scorsese at his best, but better than white elephant art like The Age of Innocence, and bloated epics like Gangs of NY and The Aviator. The entire film is overwrought, but nonetheless enjoyable and highly watchable. Expand
  4. Aug 31, 2014
    7
    Leave it to Martin Scorsese to create one of the few remakes to surpass its original film. Robert DeNiro is dynamite alongside Jessica LangeLeave it to Martin Scorsese to create one of the few remakes to surpass its original film. Robert DeNiro is dynamite alongside Jessica Lange and Juliette Lewis. Expand
  5. Apr 25, 2014
    7
    I hear people say that this movie is so violent but it really issn't this super violent i mean everyone over 14 can watch this.
    the movie is
    I hear people say that this movie is so violent but it really issn't this super violent i mean everyone over 14 can watch this.
    the movie is not bad but it issn't super it's a movie that you can watch on tv and not regret it later on it's ok
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  6. Aug 24, 2010
    6
    Martin Scorsese's remake of the 1962 classic.
    Man leaves prison after 14 years & comes back to harass the lawyer who put him away & his
    Martin Scorsese's remake of the 1962 classic.
    Man leaves prison after 14 years & comes back to harass the lawyer who put him away & his family.
    De Niro plays a sort of camp Harvey Keitel but is still pretty scary. Personally I preferred Robert Mitchum in the original.
    The main thing that is better than the original are the women, especially a young Juliette Lewis as Danielle.
    Nice to see three of the original cast in there but does get a bit silly towards the end.
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  7. Nov 12, 2014
    5
    Robert De Niro was the only good actor in this film and his performance really wasn't that great especially compared to his other roles suchRobert De Niro was the only good actor in this film and his performance really wasn't that great especially compared to his other roles such as Taxi Driver, The Godfather Part 2, and Goodfellas. I don't really understand why he was nominated for the academy award for this movie. The plot is extremely good but the writer didn't make it as good as it could have been. I went into this movie with high expectations and it wasn't even close to what I thought it was going to be. Not a bad watch for De Niro fans but this movie isn't that special. Expand

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