Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
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Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Martin Scorsese's first Hollywood studio production also marked his first (and only) foray into a woman-centered story. Alice Hyatt (Ellen Burstyn), a resigned Southwest housewife, takes advantage of her trucker husband's sudden death to hit the road with her bratty son Tommy (Alfred Lutter) and pursue her childhood dream of a singing career. She finds a job as a lounge singer, but after a horrific encounter with an abusive new beau (Harvey Keitel), she flees and winds up taking a waitress job at Mel's Diner, run by gruff cook Mel (Vic Tayback). With her career on hold, Alice soon… 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, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"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, Filmcritic.com
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