Atom User Reviews for Taxi Driver (1976)

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Metacritic

90

Taxi Driver is a disturbing, frightening film, but it has the desperate excitement that goes with its vision of the city. Scorsese's verminous New York is a descendant of Baudelaire's anthill Paris, Eliot's unreal London, the nightmare Berlin of such German films as Fritz Lang's M. In this vision the great modern city is the crossroads where fenced-off forces break loose and collide. The overworld and the underworld embrace each other in a dance of mutual lusts that can only lead to violence. [1 Mar 1976, p.82]

Metacritic review by Jack Kroll
Jack Kroll
Newsweek
100

Scorsese’s direction always keeps us uncomfortably close to Travis’ subjectivity, whether we’re prowling night time Manhattan or gazing into a glass of Alka-Seltzer until the whole world disappears into the healing hiss.

Metacritic review by John Bleasdale
John Bleasdale
CineVue
100

Hitchcockian unease permeates the film, but so too does a Godardian use of space and a Bressonian focus on obsession heighten the mounting sense of dread. These elements are groovy for film buffs but are mere icing on the proverbial cake; you don’t need to be in the know to relish Scorsese’s mastery of the form, and what may astonish even more than the creative prowess is how compulsively entertaining the results are.

Metacritic review by Rob Humanick
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine