Cape Fear
Cape Fear (1991)

Martin Scorsese's remake of Cape Fear provided the director with a box-office success to follow up the critical success of the previous year's Goodfellas. After serving a lengthy prison sentence for a sexual assault, Max Cady… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 18, 2001
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Smart and stylish, Cape Fear is a gleefully mainstream shocker from Martin Scorsese, with a terrifying Robert De Niro peformance.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

It's hard to understand why Martin Scorsese wanted to remake a nasty, formulaic 1962 thriller whose only "classic" credentials are a terrifying performance by Robert Mitchum and a Bernard Herrmann score.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Stay away if you're squeamish but, if you do, you'll miss an essential work by one of our masters, as well as two of the year's most accomplished performances, those of Mr. De Niro and Ms. Lewis.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

shows brilliant work with suspense, sound, matte paintings and violence

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Smart and stylish.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Though Scorsese doesn't always transcend the pulp in Cape Fear, watching him try allows us to share the exhilaration he experiences behind the camera.

Emanuel Levy

Scorsese's remake (also hommage in some ways) is inferior to the original 1962 version, though the acting is good, and both Robert De Niro and Juliette Lewis garnered Oscar nominations.

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Time Out

Overblown horror-schlocker.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

It's a helluva movie.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Martin Scorsese's loose remake of J. Lee Thompson's 1962 thriller is an exercise in audience manipulation, with every frame designed to stagger the senses.

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Clintus Maximus
Martin Scorsese effectively updates the 1962 film of the same name, adding dimensions and commenting on society, especially the legal system in this terrifying… More
Matt Goodman
Loved De Niro and the suspense was solid.
Carlos Magalh„es
A stylish neo-noir from Martin Scorsese, more mainstream than the rest of his work but still displaying his personal touch. It is a smart and anguishing… More
Mark Walker
Martin Scorsese is a director that has a massive reputation on the sub-genre of gangster movies but he's never really been known to tackle a specific genre… More
Graham Jones
DeNiro is a monster.