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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)

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  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: 44 out of 48
  2. Negative: 2 out of 48
  1. Mar 9, 2013
    10
    On my list for one of the best films ever, Taxi Driver is by far Scorsese's best direction ever.
  2. Apr 26, 2014
    10
    To quote Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, World's End), because he sums it up better than I could possibly hope to, this is "a film so vivid, hypnotic and corrosive that it feels forever seared onto your eyeballs, Taxi Driver turns a city, a time and a state of mind into a walking nightmare that’s somehow both horribly real and utterly dreamlike".

    One of my three favourite films of all time along with Goodfellas and 2001: A Space Odyssey from America's greatest living filmmaker. Not to mention that Robert De Niro gives one of his greatest performances. Pity, considering the crap that he is seems to be releasing nowadays.
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  3. May 3, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A disturbing look into Travis's life and even glimpses into our own. It is hard to put a film like this into a category but it could go into horror genre in many ways as this is a nightmare to Travis but more so the people who he meets as there lives are either changed by him for better or worse with Travis's fate left hanging in a very thought provoking ending. Expand
  4. Dec 5, 2010
    10
    one of best movies from holywood , losing only for goodfellas i hope they start to the actual movies as good as the 60's , 70's movies
  5. Jun 7, 2012
    9
    Taxi Driver has the best scrip I have ever seen be directed in film.De Niro portrays a taxi driver who's out to clean the dirty streets of New York. It is very well directed , I mean c'mon it was done freaking Scorsese. The supporting actors do an amazing job especially young Jodie Foster who plays a 12-year-old prostitute. Expand
  6. Mar 31, 2014
    9
    Taxi Driver follows the story of Travis. Travis wants a rain to come along and wash all the scum off the street. So he becomes the rain. De Niro proves he is the arguably the best living actor. His potrayal of a Vietnam veteran is haunting. The movie digs so deep into his character. And the end scene will stick with you forever. Expand
  7. Dec 12, 2011
    1
    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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