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  • Summary: Scorsese’s 1976 masterpiece is the all-too-real story of a psychotic New York cabby who is driven to violence in an attempt to rescue a teenage prostitute. (Sony)

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  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
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  1. 100
    It hasn't aged so much as triumphantly metastasized. (Review twenty years after release).
  2. 100
    A brilliant nightmare and like all nightmares it doesn't tell us half of what we want to know. (Review of Original Release)
  3. 100
    You either love it or you love it; in any case, Martin Scorsese's history-making scald is truly a phenomenon from another day and age.
  4. 100
    One of Scorsese's most influential and disturbing films on the big screen. (Review twenty years after release).
  5. Its deeply anarchic sensibility has kept Taxi Driver fresh all these years. (Review twenty years after release).
  6. Acting of this sort is rare in films. It is a display of talent, which one gets in the theater, as well as a demonstration of behavior, which is what movies usually offer. Were Mr. De Niro less an actor, the character would be a sideshow freak. (Review of Original Release)
  7. Perhaps the most formally ravishing-as well as the most morally and ideologically problematic-film ever directed by Martin Scorsese. (Review of Original Release).

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 49
  2. Negative: 2 out of 49
  1. Mar 9, 2013
    On my list for one of the best films ever, Taxi Driver is by far Scorsese's best direction ever.
  2. Jun 10, 2014
    This movie was a fantastic masterpiece. This movie is very intense, and if possible i would watch the movie with no "movie talkers" because every line of dialogue in this movie is vital. You know its a good movie when after you watch it you have to stop and think about just how crazy that was. I wish i had never seen it so i could re watch it for the first ti again. Expand
  3. SimonM.
    Sep 3, 2007
    A classic. If you liked this movie I recommend "Harsh Times" with Chris Bale and Fred Rodrigez.
  4. PaulM.
    Mar 20, 2008
    Mind blowing and brutally brilliant work.This is essentially the film that singlehandedly got me into films.After I saw this hard hitting, chillingly atmospheric and gripping masterpiece I was forced to re asses what a motion picture really is. I had never seen anything that demanded and rewarded my attention in such a powerful and serious manner.Scorsese's direction is pure genius as is De Niro's psychotic and disturbing aura.The creepy score is immense in its feel and the evolotion of thought throughout is unrivalled. Darkly compelling and definitive stuff. This is without doubt a landmark in film making, underlined by one of THE partnerships in cinema history 'De Niro and Scorsese'. As effectively strong as a picture can be. Expand
  5. Jun 18, 2013
    Excellent movie with so many small, great moments. This story is told perfectly, and the film is completely engrossing. Robert De Niro gives a ridiculously good performance as well. Expand
  6. chw
    Oct 4, 2014
    Taxi Driver was a great Scorsese film. It was not as good as GoodFellas, Hugo, or The Departed, but it WAS better than Casino, Gangs of New York, The Aviator, and Raging Bull. Expand
  7. Dec 12, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. An unjustifiably celebrated movie. Scorsese directs well enough. The actors are good (especially Jodie Foster and Harvey Keitel). The gritty NY cinematography might have been awesome back in 1976 but nowadays we get a steady dose from Law & Order and other TV shows/movies. But, the plot is insufficient. There is no psychological insight into the protagonist/villain - nothing that tells us who he is and why he is driven to assassinate a presidential candidate. Worse and undeniably devastating to the film, the ending is absurd and morally silly and bankrupt. The protagonist fails to kill the presidential candidate so he runs off and "redeems" himself by rescuing a teenage prostitute and kills her pimp.

    For this, our "hero" is now the city's hero and he seems to go on happily living his life. No wonder John Hinckley, jr. got the wrong idea.

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