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May 28, 2003

Taxi Driver

We watched Taxi Driver recently. This film has been labeled great, a classic, etc. by many critics. After finally getting to see it, I found myself underwhelmed. I have no strong criticism of the movie, rather I find myself not terribly interested in it. I suspect that the appreciation many have for the film is based on a thorough knowledge of the context in which it was made. Alas, my context in 2003 made it seem almost as much a period piece as any Merchant and Ivory picture. I am sure much of what gave this film such strong supporters has been incorporated into the film styles and vocabulary of others since its time.

If you plan to see this film, I would recommend doing some reading about what makes it significant before seeing it. Without that background, I was very excited by it. On my scale of 1-100, I rate it a 71.

For a complete list of my ratings go to Mike's Movie Ratings .

Posted by tmichael at May 28, 2003 09:57 PM