Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) - Drama, Romance

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A recently widowed woman is on the road with her precocious young son, determined to make a new life for herself as a singer.

IMDB: 7.3
Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Kris Kristofferson
Length: 112 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 9 out of 101 found boring (8.91%)

One-line Reviews (61)

Everyone, including Kristofferson, survives partly because it's about being normal, about the mundane, about being an average American.

What very well may be the film's undoing is Scorcese's almost documentary-like style, which documents events in an ridgidly mundane way--most of the shots in the recent movie SLING BLADE reminded me of this movie's style: static medium shots of entire rooms, capturing people wandering in and out of the shot, like a tripod mounted camcorder allowed to run unattended for hours.

It's not a great film, but it is at times a very good one, certainly enjoyable.

It was dull.

Dull as Dry Cereal .

How uninspiring.

Beautifully Enjoyable .

Funny and sad and thoroughly engrossing, this film is a winner by an underrated master of American film.

" It is definitely NOT a comedy, and is worth watching with "An Unmarried Woman.

Her slow speaking is distracting.

Harvey Keitel,as Ben, shows a mean, vicious streak and is compelling in his brief turn on screen.

is a more subdued character study which – like life - swings from gripping to scary to funny to touching in the blink of an eye.

Not much of a story here, and what there is is fairly tedious.

then this predictable 70's pablum starring Ms. Burstyn with her tedious clichés, I was stunned to read that the latter actually won an Oscar for this mundane performance in a utterly boring film...

Alice(Burstyn)is a mother with a young boy named Tommy and after the sudden and unexpected death of her husband Don(Billy Green Bush)she starts a new life as Alice begins a trip from New Mexico across the west to go back to her birth state of California to start a new life.

A fascinating movie that started off a wonderful sitcom!!.

There are few times when a movie becomes so boring, you're forced to fast-forward.

It was tiresome.

Her performance manages to convey a compelling blend of world weariness and worry for the future with a spirit and optimism and great humour.

Instead of a singer, Alice has become a widower and mother, stuck in a series of dreary jobs and abusive relationships.

While still not a masterpiece, it's definitely a very engaging film and Scorsese does an excellent job in getting the best out of his actors in his movie.

This is the opposite of the trite convention of fictional protagonists overcoming obstacles without being changed.

unexpected film from Scorsese .

Early and enjoyable Scorsese feature.

In terms of male chauvinism it is barely a step-up from women's movies of the 30s and 40s, except that it lacks even the romanticism that made those entertaining.

What is most important to me about any movie is that it is endlessly entertaining.

Jodie Foster is fascinating in her brief role, as one compares her appearance here with her personal history and how public her life has been.

7.9/10 – This is a fast paced drama directed with bravura by Scorsese.

Goes nowhere slow.

Weepy Vera, the bored young son, and others.

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore is an entertaining, well-respected film created by the legendary Martin Scorsese.

It's a human-story, that beautifully translates into an engaging & moving cinematic experience.

It gets really predictable from there, and the ending, particularly the "big scene" in the diner, is especially groan-worthy.

It was enjoyable well acted little movie that I liked very much and think it is one of the best movies I have ever seen.

It's highly enjoyable and offers some wonderful moments, especially when it's moving into light, romantic and almost sentimental territories.

An enjoyable gem.

The film may be nothing more than a giant bag of clichés, but Scorsese's injects enough energy into the picture to make it entertaining.

Despite the film be entertaining to watch, it also shows the director has better days ahead of him.

The whole film isn't like this, of course, but there's enough of it to let the viewer know how banal and unrewarding Alice's cross-country travels and her various stays in various towns are.

This has to be one of Martin Scorses's most enjoyable films.

Fairly Tedious Story .

I enjoyed it from beginning to end.

This is the story of a woman who has to start over in an unpredictable and tough slice of life in the mid-70s.

It's not all bad of course, there are some truly lovely moments (Lutton's "shoot the dog" story is a highlight), but by and large this is simply another pretentious director's ego movie, amid which whatever heart and soul the story might have had are lost.

Scorsese proves to be a reasonably good hand in this genre though, producing a movie that is warm and engaging.

Because it's about absorbing the mood as a two young people fall in love and find that being in love is hard.

He uses rock songs and sad tunes to alternate between moments of energy and desperation, his characters bombastic and permanently on the edge of explosion.

This was Scorsese's first major movie following the unexpected success that was his breakthrough hit, Mean Streets.

The starkness of the cinematography plays in alliance with the starkness of the lives represented, there is one scene where 2 waitresses are out sitting on some chairs, talking and enjoying some dessert Sun in a rare respite from their harsh lives, and a small wind scares up some dirt, and it swirls past the 2 waitresses which for me acted as a metaphor for how it is that the characters live in a world on the edge of reasonableness.

It shows Scorsese's ability to take on a very simple project, and through his talent and urge to experiment, make it something that seems very fresh and very exciting.

Their conversations will have you laughing and will likely have you in tears, but no matter what, there is seldom a dull moment when Alice and Tommy are together.

Overall, the film was enjoyable because it was quite heart warming (in contrast to the more famous gangster type films by Scorsese).

While their scenes together tend to delve into the often tedious world of neo-realist style improvisation, they are naturally so funny together that it really works in endearing us to the characters.

There are some entertaining points but they are too few in a very drawn out movie that does not seem to go anywhere.

Ending is a bit trite, schmaltzy and predictable too.

The dialogue is snappy and it clips along at a nice pace.

With all the great scenes, the beautiful photography, stunning direction, great acting and touching message, this is undoubtedly worth watching.

When done right, teaming an adult and a child together for the majority of conversation in a film results in an enjoyable, light movie (which this one is).

It may have been more compelling to get there sooner.

Joyful, Enjoyable and Beautiful .

These comprise the increasingly engaging expedition of Alice Hyatt.