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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. Its deeply anarchic sensibility has kept Taxi Driver fresh all these years. (Review twenty years after release).
  5. 100
    One of Scorsese's most influential and disturbing films on the big screen. (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: 49 out of 53
  2. Negative: 2 out of 53
  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 17, 2015
    10
    definitely tops all best film lists of the 20th Century as well as the best picture winner of the 1976 Cannes Film Festival, Martin Scorsese'sdefinitely tops all best film lists of the 20th Century as well as the best picture winner of the 1976 Cannes Film Festival, Martin Scorsese's anti-hero vigilante masterpiece is still a serious film that must still be taken into account and widely considered as an important film.

    a brilliant story of rejection in society, led by anger and a psychotic sense for violence, its a film that will stand the test of time for its significant portrait of Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro), one of the deadliest characters ever brought to cinema.

    featuring a nightmarish soundtrack by charismatic composer Bernard Hermann (Citizen Kane, and Vertigo) that will be stuck in your mind forever
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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. j30
    Nov 13, 2011
    10
    In my top 5 and my favorite Scorsese movie. The undertones and under lying themes are intense and thought-provoking. It's also one of RobertIn my top 5 and my favorite Scorsese movie. The undertones and under lying themes are intense and thought-provoking. It's also one of Robert De Niro's best performances. Expand
  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 NewTaxi 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. chw
    Oct 4, 2014
    9
    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 NewTaxi 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
    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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