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"All the animals come out at night" -- and one of them is a cabby about to snap. In Martin Scorsese's classic 1970s drama, insomniac ex-Marine Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) works the nightshift, driving his cab throughout decaying mid-'70s New York City, wishing for a "real rain" to wash the "scum" off the neon-lit streets. Chronically alone, Travis cannot connect with anyone, not even with such other cabbies as blowhard Wizard (Peter Boyle). He becomes infatuated with vapid blonde presidential campaign worker Betsy (Cybill Shepherd), who agrees to a date… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a powerful film and a terrific showcase for the versatility of star Robert De Niro."
‑ A.D. Murphy, Variety
"[Scorsese] seems to need scripts with well-designed humor and performers with the spirit of Ellen Burstyn to compensate for what seems to be a fundamentally depressed view of life and the belief that sobriety is the equivalent of seriousness."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"[VIDEO ESSAY] So much of American popular culture, and modern Cinema's urban aesthetic, owes a debt to Martin Scorsese's groundbreaking fourth feature film that it is impossible to imagine a world without "Taxi Driver.""
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Taxi Driver is a brilliant study of alienation, obsession, paranoia and perverse desire. There's an undeniable power and grittiness that very few films have come close to capturing since."
‑ Thomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy
"This is an extraordinary film. De Niro in the central role delivers one of those powerhouse performances that simply blows the audience away."
‑ Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
"Bickle is complex, intriguing and never one-note."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"New York may have changed, but Taxi Driver is as powerful and painful as ever."
‑ Ben Walters, Time Out
"even more unnerving than his own psychotic behaviour is the easy way in which [Travis Bickle] is assimilated and integrated into the very society that he endangers."
‑ Anton Bitel, Scene 360
"Scorsese's masterpiece of urban alienation..."
‑ Matt Glasby, Total Film
"Melodramatic as it often is, the film is a riveting watch and De Niro provides a character study it is impossible to forget."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Like Werner Herzog's Aguirre or Coppola's Apocalypse Now, Taxi Driver is auteurist psychodrama."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Martin Scorsese's history-making scald is truly a phenomenon from another day and age. Which is to say, imagine a like-minded film of this decade killing at the box office and getting nommed for Best Picture."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"What strikes you aren't just the iconic moments, but the little ones."
‑ A.A. Dowd, Time Out Chicago
"A haunting, visceral trip through the mind of a man on the edge of his own sanity."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"The bustling helter-skelter of Scorsese's Mean Streets gives way to a measured, chilly calm, and cinematographer Michael Chapman ensures the Big Apple glistens with barely concealed menace."
‑ John Ferguson, Radio Times
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