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29,972 Ratings

Taxi Driver

Directed by Martin Scorsese
United States, 1976
Drama, Crime

Synopsis

An emotionally and mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran named Travis Bickle takes a job as a New York City cab driver. Suffering from both relentless insomnia and general misanthropy, Bickle sets out to save a twelve-year-old prostitute from the clutches of her pimp.

Our take

Scorsese’s New Hollywood classic, a brutal neo-noir, comes from a different New York: dirty, hardscrabble, crime-plagued, longing for relief. Travis Bickle wants to wipe the city clean, but would he be happy with the shiny, money-slick Big Apple of today? The definitive portrait of an American era.

Taxi Driver Directed by Martin Scorsese
Travis’ diatribes against the decadence of New York – scripted, with perfect economy, by Paul Schrader – have become justly famous, but then the alternative on offer is just as bleak: as Wizard (Peter Boyle), the nearest thing he has to a confidant, tells him, "I envy you your youth. Go on, get laid, get drunk. Do anything. You got no choice, anyway. I mean, we’re all fucked.
February 08, 2017
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In Taxi Driver (1976), playful gestures and off-the-cuff humour are frequently transmuted into violence, as if elements of the world through which Travis moves get grimly distorted simply by proximity to his seething fury and psychological unravelling, and manifested again as acts of terrible cruelty.
May 09, 2016
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This is the rare film about alienation that is nevertheless tactile, visceral. We see Travis Bickle’s world through the windows of the cab Schrader once called a “metal coffin,” but we also feel the anger, the madness welling up. As “God’s lonely man,” De Niro is quiet, observant, nervous; the inaction on his face plays off the sleazy, vibrant buzz of the streets. It’s clear all along that this kind of emotional paralysis will find an outlet somewhere.
April 20, 2016
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What are people saying?

  • Bob's rating of the film Taxi Driver

    Soaked streets, city lights and nights that stretch into days are accompanied with appropriate score that synthesizes romantic jazz and sinister sounds of twisted derivations. Just as it is intoxicating with the beauty of capturing the middle of the night in the big city, it is also disturbing chronicle of the insomniac, sleepless surroundings and culminating violence that concludes this classic with the iconic bang

  • SoulBrotherNo1's rating of the film Taxi Driver

    10/10 - The existential crisis of a deranged loner, Taxi Driver is one of the, if not THE hardest hitting drama I have ever seen. This movie was probably the main reason I fell in love with cinema at age 22, and made me realize many things: how great De Niro is, how you dont have to identify with the protagonist to find him interesting, and most importantly: how much a simple personal story can say about life.

  • Eloi MV's rating of the film Taxi Driver

    One of these movies that gets more powerful and powerful after each viewing. After just finishing my 4th, I finally understand why it can be considered better than Goodfellas and Raging Bull. One of the great american masterpiece of the last 50 years!

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Taxi Driver

    I revisited this for the first time since high school, and I was amazed at how much richer it is when you've got more experience (both in life and at the movies) under your belt. Full of feeling, ironies, and haunting ambiguity, this is a high point for American cinema, not just for the exquisite craft, but for the troubling questions it raises about the American experience and the American character. Masterpiece.

  • Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film Taxi Driver

    A study of loneliness. Yet, Taxi Driver can also be read as Scorsese's first provocation against the emptiness of religious teachings. A young working-class man (carpenter/taxi driver) sacrifices himself to teach the world how to love (or hate) without the trials-and-tribulations of pure evil (devil) in the figurative hell of NYC, while 'bliss' is a false promise of martyrdom. And his final destination is a fantasy.

  • dionysus67's rating of the film Taxi Driver

    Emblematc of the explosive male paranoia in an alienated urban milieu, this is iconic of New American Cinema and its cynical and uncompromizing dissection/deconstruction of hitherto cherished US ideals. Entering the city's darkest alleys discloses Travis' own darkened mind set in a self-appointed mission of vengeance and redemption. Beautifully lit and acted with unfliching discipline by De Niro it remains topical.

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film Taxi Driver

    A cautionary tale that transformed contemporary cinema. Travis Bickle is the ultimate disturbed protagonist. His warped, bigoted worldview colours his societal interactions in a volatile fashion. It plays on the mind long after a viewing; symbolic of a loner's psychological descent as his ideological posturing turns sour. When his villainies are confused by redeeming qualities, it makes it all the more unsettling.

  • Joe Hackman's rating of the film Taxi Driver

    Don't ask how it took me so long to see this movie. I'm glad I finally did. Foster is great. DeNiro is electric (reminded me of Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler tbh). Some of the dolly moves felt as bit showy/unmotivated, but that's a small complaint considering how well this movie was made.

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