Cape Fear
Cape Fear (1991)

A remake of the 1962 version, this nail-biting and brutal thriller tells the story of a vengeful ex-con who sets out to ruin the lawyer who sent him to prison for committing a series of rapes 14 years before. The plot is based on a story by… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 13, 1991
DVD Release Date: September 18, 2001
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Critic Score: 74% 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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Brian Mckay

Tedious remake of a "thriller" that wasn't that thrilling to begin with


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.

Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

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

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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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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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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A stylish neo-noir from Martin Scorsese, more mainstream than the rest of his work but still with his personal touch. It is a smart and anguishing thriller that… 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
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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.
Graham Jones
DeNiro is a monster.