• Ben Lott

    ★★ Watched by Ben Lott 03 Dec, 2014

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

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  • thenextreel

    ★★★ Watched by thenextreel 04 Dec, 2014

    “It ain’t Peggy Lee."

    Ellen Burstyn won her Oscar for Best Actress for her powerful turn as Alice Hyatt in Martin Scorsese’s 1974 film “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” and it was clearly well-deserved. Always an actress in pursuit of roles as strong female characters, Burstyn took this film on after her huge success with “The Exorcist.” Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we start our Ellen Burstyn series with “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.” We…

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  • Pandamonium

    ★★★½ Added by Pandamonium

    Other than the terrible Boxcar Bertha I think this is the only film by Scorsese with a female lead and it's possible to see why he stopped making those after he got more control over his projects. I think Alice is a decent film, but the characterization of Alice Hyatt (Ellen Burstyn) is quite broad. Together with her spoiled son she decides to leave her hometown after her husband dies. She has aspirations to be a singer, but with her…

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  • Dorico Williams

    ★★★★ Watched by Dorico Williams 18 Nov, 2014

    I was 50/50 on whether I was going to like this or not, heard and read good things, and they were right. This was a great film. Scorsese's frenetic energy and early visual style was there, script is top notch( loved the witty, breakneck-dialogue.) The cast was great. Burstyn, Foster, Lutter, Keitel, Ladd, all great.

    They almost messed up with the ending, having a man swoop in would've been the worst way to go. Glad they acknowledged Alice wanting to live for herself and no one else. Her husband dying was the best thing that could've happened for her and her unruly ass son.

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  • sage

    ★★★ Watched by sage 18 Feb, 2014

    um.. it was nice, im not rly a scorsese fan so tbh i wasnt super into it?? it just wasnt rly my thing

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  • Joel Edwards

    ★★★★ Watched by Joel Edwards 04 Nov, 2014

    Edwards does Scorsese, part 4

    I love that Scorsese followed up Mean Streets with a feminist picture. This movie is really lovely and hits all the right emotional notes. It feels real. Ellen Burstyn plays the hell out of this role. The only thing that brought me out of the movie was Harvey Keitel's character, but he's only on screen for like five minutes so it's not a huge deal. It took me a while to realize the boy Tommy becomes friends with is actually Jodie Foster.

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  • JoseIgnacioWert

    ★★★½ Added by JoseIgnacioWert

    Entre las muy personales Malas Calles (Mean Streets, 1973) y Taxi Driver (1976), Scorsese fue director “de encargo” de este correctísimo melodrama, que le permitió “soltarse” como director de cine para los grandes estudios.

    El motor de este agradable filme es la excelente interpretación de Ellen Burstyn. Dio lugar a una longeva serie de televisión, titulada escuetamente Alice (1976-1985), y protagonizada por Linda Lavin.

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  • Favreauphile

    ★★★★½ Watched by Favreauphile 19 Sep, 2014

    This really broke my heart. Alice is probably Scorsese's most interesting protagonist (and I say that as acknowledgment that he's really best when he works without a protagonist, per se). She's the most complex, warm character, and the movie never sells her out with weak happy endings or false resolutions.

    Reading about it you get the sense that Burstyn was the auteur behind this in a lot of ways, which kind of makes sense considering she was coming off THE…

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  • Carlos Rodríguez

    ★★★★ Watched by Carlos Rodríguez 22 Sep, 2013

    A recently widowed woman who had depended on her late husband for more than a decade has to learn how to cope with her life as a single mother. Her foul-mouthed pubescent son isn’t easy to deal with either, and she sees nothing but hard times at the end of the road. This is pretty much what Martin Scorsese’s Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore is about and, unlike most of his films which revolve in one way or another around…

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  • sbat86

    ★★★½ Watched by sbat86 15 Sep, 2014

    Marty should make another film with a female protagonist. It's clear from the commanding central performance by Ellen Burstyn and both the tension and warmth he brings to Alice's story that he takes their problems as seriously as those of his mobsters or Wall Street wolves. Its even-handed, often idiosyncratic, depiction of the self-actualization of a single mother is no longer as radical as it must have been in 1974 but it's still remarkably rare to see in films even thirty years on.

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  • Natasha C.

    ★★★★½ Watched by Natasha C. 14 Sep, 2014

    What can I do? I girl needs a bit of romance on a sunday evening!

    Excellent!
    Scorsese does drama/romance and it was quite good.
    Ellen was really great as Alice and I just love Kris Kristofferson, always so charming with his guitar...
    This was on my personal watchlist for so long...

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  • JC13

    ★★★★ Watched by JC13 27 Jul, 2014

    Chicken: "Would you mind turning around for me?"

    Alice: "Turn around? Why?"

    Chicken: "I wanna look at ya."

    Alice: "Well, look at my face, I don't sing with my ass."


    Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore is a nice little film early in Martin Scorsese's career. Lead by a powerful performance by Ellen Burstyn (who won an Oscar for the role), the film a but strange for Scorsese but he executes it well. It wonderfully portrays the struggles of a single…

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