“Robert De Niro Was One Scary Creep.”
“Exciting As Movies Get”
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Proves that when a maverick virtuoso like Scorsese sets his mind to it, making ''mainstream'' movies is one more thing he can do better than just about anyone else.
- Entertainment Weekly
Stay away if you're squeamish but, if you do, you'll miss an essential work by one of our masters, as well as two of the year's most accomplished performances, those of Mr. De Niro and Ms. Lewis.
Vincent Canby - New York Times
It's a helluva movie.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
It's a brutal, demonic film with a grip like a vise; it grabs you early, its fingers around your throat, and never lets go.
Hal Hinson - Washington Post
Impressive moviemaking, showing Scorsese as a master of a traditional Hollywood genre who is able to mold it to his own themes and obsessions.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
It's hard to understand why Martin Scorsese wanted to remake a nasty, formulaic 1962 thriller whose only "classic" credentials are a terrifying performance by Robert Mitchum and a Bernard Herrmann score.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
Smart and stylish.
Though Scorsese doesn't always transcend the pulp in Cape Fear, watching him try allows us to share the exhilaration he experiences behind the camera.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Scorsese's remake (also hommage in some ways) is inferior to the original 1962 version, though the acting is good, and both Robert De Niro and Juliette Lewis garnered Oscar nominations.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Martin Scorsese's loose remake of J. Lee Thompson's 1962 thriller is an exercise in audience manipulation, with every frame designed to stagger the senses.
- TV Guide's Movie Guide
It has a lot to recommend it, but did we really need a remake of Cape Fear?
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Scorsese cria com riqueza de detalhes um neo noir que, com um estilo marcado, se diferencia de boa parte de sua obra, demonstrando simultaneamente sua versatilidade e seu conhecimento sobre a historia do Cinema.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
The only thing I got out of this film is a sense of deja vu that I could do without.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
In Scorsese's frightfully wrong remake, De Niro seduces a teen (Juliette Lewis), bites off breasts with geek-like fury and breaks the world's record for longest hitchhike on the underside of a car.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
- Time Out
The heart-warming story of a hardened convict returning to exact revenge on the lawyer who put him in jail.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Jake Euker - F5 (Wichita, KS)
Auteur Scorsese remakes a solid 1962 thriller and turns it another of his fascinating tales of obsession.
Chuck O'Leary - FulvueDrive-in.com
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Cory Cheney - Urban Tulsa Weekly
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Exquisitely overwrought, with maximum tension and brilliant acting, especially by Juliette Lewis.
Nick Davis - Nick's Flick Picks
If I wanted to watch a bunch of pointless brutality, I'd go turn on the news.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
Lousy remake of a mediocre movie.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
A Scorsese misfire with a lot of unintended laughs.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Brian J. Arthurs - Beach Reporter (Southern California)
The opening title sequences are excellent, among the best I've ever seen. The cinematography is top notch. Camera movement and angles are innovative and captivating. There's a lot to recommend this film. It certainly rises above its weaknesses.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Nicolas Lacroix - Showbizz.net
- Empire Magazine
Scorcese drew seminal and genuinely creepy performances from his stars in this thriller remake.
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
Very frightening. An inspired remake.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Scorsese does a fine job with this crisp and cracklin' remake.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
It's the wicked pace, the suspenseful moments (i.e the close-up on the Teddy bear), the chills and the awesome score, which grant this flick a spot on my list of all-time favorite thrillers.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
None of the Bowden family members is made sufficiently likeable for us to really worry about their fate.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
Scorsese boldly takes hold of this b-movie thriller and throttles every inch of dread and paranoia that the genre's conventions allow
Dan Jardine - Daily-Reviews
Scorsese managed to make a commercially viable thriller without sacrificing his own thematic interests and distinctive stamp as a director
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
While I find myself still preferring the original film, there's no question that Scorsese has made a rip-snorting thriller that should satisfy anyone who enjoys grinding teeth and gripping the arms of the theater seats.
Chris Hicks - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
A very good thriller that saves almost all of its mistakes for the last part of the film.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Effective but ugly and headache-inducing.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
This movie aims for your gut. And Scorsese is a precision marksman.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle