Taxi Driver

DVD - 2007
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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A psychotic taxi driver tries to save a child prostitute and becomes infatuated with a political campaigner. He goes on a violent rampage when his dreams don't work out.


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1976. Starring Robert De Niro, Cybill Shepherd, and Jodie Foster.


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Mar 06, 2015
  • KraftwerkandCoil rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An absolute classic- the movie captures the post Vietnam malaise of American society in a perfect slice of nightmarish alienation and horror. Winner of the Palme D'Or at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival.

Mar 06, 2015
  • Bix_Brannigan rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Tsk. Tsk. To director Martin Scorsese for foisting this brain-dead piece of junk on an unsuspecting movie-audience. Talk about pure cinematic-torture.

And, like, where the heck did Travis Bickle manage to get all of the ammo for the variety of different guns that he had bought illegally?

This movie is so full of glaring plotholes that it's downright laughable. And at a 135-minute running time, it's almost unbearable.
Do the ones who praise this movie somehow find themselves identifying with the Bickle character and do they wish that they were him?

I suggest that you take a minute to read Bazooka_Joe's comments below. He sums up Taxi Driver in a nutshell.

Mar 01, 2015
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

If you ask me - I think that Taxi Driver is one of those truly puzzling films that has been seriously over-rated (way-way-way out of proportion). It really has.

With me giving Taxi Driver 2.5 stars, I think that I am actually being quite generous with that rating - 'Cause, at best, this film was an average production that seemed to contain an almost endless stream of filler-scenes where absolutely nothing of any interest ever happens.

Now forty years old, Taxi Driver (which contained some of the most inane dialogue and preposterous situations imaginable) certainly doesn't hold up very well today.

And fresh-faced actor, Robert De Niro, as the psychotic vigilante, Travis Bickle (and his double-talking, dime-store philosophy) was pretty dull stuff, for the most part.

And, speaking about Taxi Driver's climatic final showdown - I actually burst out laughing as I watched how badly this sequence was staged. And the over-dramatization of the violence, after the fact, was one of the worst examples of bad directing that I've seen in a mighty long time.

All-in-all - This highly-praised picture barely managed to rise above mediocrity on only a few occasions.

P.S. - If you want to see a real stand-out performance worthy of a "Razzie", check out Cybill Shepherd, as Betsy, the airhead political organizer.

Mar 01, 2015
  • lobsterandtheliver rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great movie with a fantastic performance by Robert De Niro- one of the best American films of the 20th Century.

Jul 02, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An incredibly powerful film from Scorsese, early in his career. A big one for him, following "Mean Streets", and "Boxcar Bertha" (yeesh). Written by Paul Shrader, and I've recently read that he actually modeled it after the John Wayne/John Ford jewel, "The Searchers"! This was 1976, and Vietnam veterans with PTSD were not so uncommon. De Niro's Travis Bickle reaches out time and again for some reciprocal human compassion, but fails... shunned and isolated with his unbearable loneliness. Pushed over the cliff to the breaking point... the psychological implosion. I've seen this landmark film dozens of times, and though it's dated, complete with a corny saxophone soundtrack, Harvey Keitel's outrageous bell-bottom jeans and platform shoes, and Jodie Foster's ridiculous sunglasses, there's something about it that I return to every so often. And that's a great quote, nikhil3. Here's one from the theatrical poster: "On every street in every city, there's a nobody who dreams of being a somebody." FIVE STARS.

Feb 12, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I truly did not like this movie. Perhaps I don't have the same pseudo-psychotic New York state of mind, but it was long, drawn-out, downright dull, and, with no pay-off for all that time spent watching, ultimately disappointing. Jodie Foster's role is minimal (which is a shame), as is Harvey Keitel's. Cybil Shepherd is in it periodically (mostly the first hour), but it is really just a showcase for Robert DeNiro to growl at the screen and do a lot of inner monologues. It was just not worth my time. I'd rather watch GOODFELLAS, CASINO, THE DEPARTED, or, for a different tone entirely, HUGO to get my serving of Scorsese. I do not recommend TAXI DRIVER.

Sep 17, 2012
  • nikhil3 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A Heavyweight knockout. One of the most powerful movies of all time. If you love reading Dostoyevsky, you'll love this movie. There is a Travis Bickle in everyone. At least there is one in me, which is something I'm ashamed and proud of at the same time.

"Loneliness has been following me my whole life. In bars, in cars, sidewalks, stores, everywhere. There's no escape. I'm God's lonely man."

Jan 25, 2012
  • amigo rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

in this movie, life is aimless

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Jun 30, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Travis Bickle: "Thank God for the rain to wash the trash off the sidewalk."

Jun 30, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Travis Bickle: "The days go on and on... they don't end. All my life needed was a sense of someplace to go. I don't believe that one should devote his life to morbid self-attention; I believe that one should become a person like other people."

Feb 12, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

"You talkin' to me?"

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Feb 12, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

britprincess1 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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Mar 16, 2015
  • BeardedMovieGuy rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Certain films are iconic in themselves or for certain lines, Taxi Driver falls into both categories. I have often heard it talked about and I could not even begin to count how many times I have heard people say the lines, “You talkin to me, are you, talking to me, you must be talkin to me cause I don’t see anybody else here.”. So saying that, I finally got around to seeing it and I think it is a really good movie, probably not as great as everybody thinks it is, but overall I liked it a lot. De Niro does an excellent job as Travis Bickle, you really get the feeling of isolation while being in the middle of everyone, and the score and city itself really helps with that. If I was judging this movie on acting alone I would give it 5 stars, but due to the amount of swearing, the fact that Bickles idea of a nice date is to go to a pornographic movie and the child prostitution kinda makes it lose some stars, but I do understand some of that is necessary for the story. The cast for Taxi Driver was really good too, and I don’t think I have ever seen Harvey Keitel look that young before. So overall Taxi Driver was pretty darn amazing, although I doubt Bickle would have survived with that many wounds, and if he did, I am pretty sure he would have been thrown in to jail for what he did, but what do you want, its a movie.
4.5 Beards Out Of 5

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