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Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

drama, romance

Alice Hyatt (played by Ellen Burstyn, who won an Oscar for her performance) is a widowed mother trying to start a singing career while raising a growing son (Alfred Lutter).

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- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Eric Melin,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Scorsese's warm and witty blending of the road movie with the conventions of the women's weepie is a delight.

- Geoff Andrew, Time Out, Thursday, February 9, 2006

Audience Reviews

5 stars

Robert Getchell's script was nominated for an Oscar and it's ingenious in the way it fashions everyday difficulties into an intimately engaging saga. Coming at the end of 1974, the film touches on themes popularized by Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique published a decade before but still very much a part of the ongoing women's movement at the time. At first Martin Scorsese might seem like an odd choice to direct this ode to female independence. Scorsese wrings real drama from the simplicity of this woman's drive to succeed against increasingly insurmountable odds. But this is not some weepy women's picture. Scorsese brings grittiness to a narrative that could have slipped into treacle. His direction is self assured. What could have been heavy-handed is rendered as a genuine portrait of a person in crisis. There is an utter commonality to the proceedings. It speaks to both men and women. There isn't a false note in the entire 112 minutes. What truly makes the drama powerful is the magnitude of Ellen Burstyn's Academy Award winning performance. Alice Hyatt is a testament to the human spirit. It's clear why Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore remains one of the enduring classics of 70s cinema. It just gets better with age.

- hobster1, Wednesday, May 9, 2012

5 stars

Before I saw ALICE DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE, I had seen four films directed by Martin Scorsese: SHINE A LIGHT, his 2008 documentary of a Rolling Stones concert; THE DEPARTED, one of his many crime flicks; THE AVIATOR, his biographical picture about multi-millionaire Howard Hughes; and HUGO, his charming family fantasy movie from just last year. Only one of them I had given less than a solid A (HUGO), so I was excited to see ALICE, the film many consider his best. It's not his usual, dark, ultra-violent type of movie (and I'd guess it's his only PG rated film until HUGO), but it's a classic with no hesitation, and the best I've seen of him thus far. ALICE DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE is just about as unusual as its own title. It's a fantastic film, and it's (in a way) a family drama, but there's something extra added on to make it more likeable. We've had so many movies about family problems, too many for me to name. They're all either pass or fail, with nothing in the middle. A "fail" would be Jim Carrey's LIAR LIAR. A "pass" would be Robert Redford's ORDINARY PEOPLE. For me, this passes just as much as ORDINARY PEOPLE, if not a tad more.

- spielberg00, Saturday, March 31, 2012

4 stars

A fantastic drama about a single mother and her son trying to make it in the world alone. It's very realistic and heartfelt.

- ajv2688, Saturday, January 1, 2011