• miketwest

    Watched by miketwest 20 Apr, 2016

    Sweet.

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  • PatrickRipoll

    ★★★½ Added by PatrickRipoll

    "She could laugh and cry with a single sound." - Bruce Springsteen, in "For You", about Ellen Burstyn, probably.

    It feels like Scorsese's trying to bridge the gap between his style and Cassavetes' and it's not particularly successful. The zooming handheld camerawork feels more restless than energetic, stuck in these tight and dreary environments. But with a central performance like that, who cares? Burstyn is a total marvel. It's cubist acting, where you see all sides of her character at…

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  • Scout Cripps

    ★★★★ Added by Scout Cripps

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Scorsese's most underrated film. Bullshit ending though.

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  • Dave

    ★★★★½ Added by Dave 2

    Ellen Burstyn is a waitress whose singing dreams are thwarted by an eventful road trip with her son. 

    This is a restrained, thoughtful drama, very much unlike Scorsese’s violent, street-gang epics peppered throughout his career. There are very few Scorsese films I would put on the greatness scale (I'm not his biggest fan), and one of his very best is this one, his first. It’s a quiet masterpiece.

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  • Reid Sweatt

    ★★½ Watched by Reid Sweatt 06 Apr, 2016

    Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore is tremendously acted. Ellen Burstyn is amazing in this movie, but that's what the movie was. It was a showcase for her as an actress. It was made for her to win an Oscar, and she did. This really isn't much of a Scorsese film. It was Burstyn's movie from the start. After The Exorcist was a success, Warner Brothers gave Burstyn have freedom for her next project. She wanted this film to be made…

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  • Ruth

    ★★★½ Watched by Ruth 05 Mar, 2016 7

    Scorsese’s sophomore success, unfairly swept away in the street-laced wake of Taxi Driver and beyond but nevertheless fondly recalled, provides a wonderfully layered and vivacious portraiture of a newly widowed woman cast out into the lurching emancipation and mobility of liberated living.

    Beginning overbearingly, some might even say unnecessarily, with a "We’re not in Kansas anymore" intro which parodies and collapses a nostalgic little girl dreamland, a titularly referenced Wonderland that Alice will notionally strive to recapture for the rest…

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  • saltandbutter

    ★★★★ Added by saltandbutter

    Watching this, its crystal clear why Scorsese emerged as one of the greatest filmmakers of the past 50 years.

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  • EvanstonDad

    ★★★★½ Added by EvanstonDad

    Ellen Burstyn could play a tree stump and make it interesting. She's one of the unsung heroes of post-studio cinema. At a time when meaty women's roles were becoming more and more scarce, Burstyn was fighting for and winning one great part after another. She's probably never been better than she is here, though she showed tremendous range in "Same Time, Next Year" and gave one of the most heartbreakingly harrowing performances I've ever seen as recently as 2000, in…

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  • Rebecca Martin

    ★★★★½ Added by Rebecca Martin

    Ellen Burstyn.

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  • Jeff Broitman

    ★★★★ Watched by Jeff Broitman 03 Mar, 2016

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    A surprising, left-field choice for the idiosyncratic director. After his intial success with 1973's Mean Streets, Scorsese's follow-up was the lonely sad story of Alice Hyatt and her precocious 12-year old son. Their lives are thrown for a loop when Alice's abusive husband is killed in a highway accident, leaving them near penniless after his funeral is paid off.
    Her dream is to return to Monterey, where she grew up, and where she hopes to rekindle her dream of bring…

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  • CompleteMadness

    ★★★½ Watched by CompleteMadness 06 Mar, 2016

    I never want to watch this movie ever again, but that doesn't mean that it's not good with its performances and comedy. That kid is a real d**k, though.

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  • Truman Segal

    ★★★½ Watched by Truman Segal 06 Mar, 2016

    Very slow, but good direction and performances. I do not see myself watching this ever again though.

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