Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
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Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Alice Hyatt (played by Ellen Burstyn, who won an Oscar for her performance) is a widowed mother with a growing son (Alfred Lutter). Left penniless after her husband's death, Alice and her son head for Monterey, where Alice hopes to launch a singing career. After a horrific liaison with her brutish boyfriend (Harvey Keitel), Alice is afforded better treatment by a kindly rancher (Kris Kristofferson), who takes an immediate liking to Alice's son and invites the two of them to live at his spread. In the early portions of the film, Alice works as a waitress at a diner owned by one… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

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"As a whole it's a distended bore."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore is an American comedy of the sort of vitality that dazzles European film critics and we take for granted."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Despite the early stylistic flourishes, Alice is a mostly naturalistic venture from Scorsese, and not that indicative of what would follow in his career. But it's a fantastic combination of these two seemingly divisive styles."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"Alternating between gritty realism and red-hued fantasy, this is one of those 70s films that has worn well, managing to be universal in its heart while picking out specifics that now look exactly of their time."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"A point of departure, this is Scorsese's tribute to the classic woman's film, offering Ellen Burstyn a solid role for which she won her only Oscar Award"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Scorsese's warm and witty blending of the road movie with the conventions of the women's weepie is a delight."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Not always successful, but packed with energy and a lively Oscar-winning performance by Burstyn."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore is a touching and poignant movie which speaks to both sexes about the power of equality and the struggle for independence."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Ellyn Burstyn's strong performance is highlight of this fine Scorsese film."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Coming just after Mean Streets and before Taxi Driver, it's as good as either of them."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The movie's filled with brilliantly done individual scenes."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Pulsing with nervous energy, Scorsese's camera is in a state of continuous discovery"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Burstyn won a well-deserved Oscar for her performance, and she is matched in expertise by Ladd and Tayback, but the acting cannot conceal the storyline's shortcomings."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Scorsese shows his range as a filmmaker and proves what makes him so good: he's a director with an eye for fancy camera work but a heart for his characters and the journeys they take."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"the question isn't will this be adapted for television? so much as how soon?"
‑ Jake Euker,
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