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Taxi Driver

drama


Vietnam Veteran Travis Bickle (ROBERT DE NIRO in a tour-de-force performance), a psychotic cab driver who cruises the streets of Manhattan. Starring: ROBERT DE NIRO, CUBILL SHERERD, HARVEY KEITEL, PETER BOYLE, JODIE FOSTER, & ALBERT BROOKS

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    98%
  • Audience Score
    94%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 15
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
5 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5

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.

what families can talk about

  • 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?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    98%
    reviews counted: 21
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  • Audience

    94%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: It's a powerful film and a terrific showcase for the versatility of star Robert De Niro.

- A.D. Murphy, Variety, Thursday, February 23, 2012

Fresh: New York may have changed, but Taxi Driver is as powerful and painful as ever.

- Ben Walters, Time Out, Thursday, February 9, 2006

Fresh: Bickle is complex, intriguing and never one-note.

- Dave Calhoun, Time Out, Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Are you talkin' to me?

- citawijaya, Thursday, November 4, 2010

5 stars

De Niro so diverse, what a concept. Update: Captivating madness.

- Chiefilms, Saturday, September 25, 2010

5 stars

The ultimate Martin Scorsese classic. A raw and gritty crime film about a mentally unstable Vietnam veteran who puts it in his mind that he should rescue a teenage prostitute played by Jodie Foster. Taxi Driver is one of Martin Scorsese's very best films, and it remains one of his most disturbing and chilling. Robert De Niro gives a stunning performance as Travis Bickle, one of cinemas greatest antiheroes. The films overall tone is raw, gritty and nasty. It does a terrific job at portraying the sleazy streets of Manhattan. Taxi Driver is a stunning achievement in film. This is one of Martin Scorsese's best films, and is one of my favorites too. The cast that acts alongside De Niro is well chosen and they all deliver something memorable on screen. Scorsese does a masterful job at portraying the crime riddled streets of New York. It's surprising to me that this was just the beginning of what was yet to come. Sure, Scorsese was making films since the end of the 1950's, but with Taxi Driver he truly mastered his skills and became more than just a director. This film paved the way for his later masterpieces, such as Raging Bull and Goodfellas.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Sunday, September 5, 2010