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Taxi Driver Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 5.0

    out of 100

    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    One of Scorsese's most influential and disturbing films on the big screen. (Review twenty years after release).

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Village Voice Michael Atkinson

    You either love it or you love it; in any case, Martin Scorsese's history-making scald is truly a phenomenon from another day and age.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A brilliant nightmare and like all nightmares it doesn't tell us half of what we want to know. (Review of Original Release)

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    Acting of this sort is rare in films. It is a display of talent, which one gets in the theater, as well as a demonstration of behavior, which is what movies usually offer. Were Mr. De Niro less an actor, the character would be a sideshow freak. (Review of Original Release)

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Portrait of a very disturbed man; NOT for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is a disturbing chronicle of psychopath. It has graphic violence and unnerving suspense. The voiceover narration of the main character is filled with obscenities and racial slurs. A young teen prostitute is a central character, and she has affection for her pimp, which is made clear. The final shootout scene is bloody and shocking, and it's followed by a somewhat confounding epilogue where the police praise main character's violent actions.

  • Families can talk about the main character's motivations. Are there any clues given to the roots of his violent tendencies? Were his final very violent actions justified given his motive to "save" Iris? What do you think the filmmakers were trying to say about the media's influence on people's behavior? Do you think the media have an affect on yours?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The main character is an unhinged psychopath.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Fetishization of guns and a graphically violent shootout.

  • sex false5

    Sex: One young character is a prostitute, porn theatres serve are repeatedly shown.

  • language false5

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drugs are offered for sale and discussed, but not accepted or used.