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: 7.4
Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Kris Kristofferson
Length: 112 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 8 out of 96 found boring (8.33%)

One-line Reviews (57)

It was tiresome.

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

Joyful, Enjoyable and Beautiful .

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

Ending is a bit trite, schmaltzy and predictable too.

Her slow speaking is distracting.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Beautifully Enjoyable .

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).

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

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

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.

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 was dull.

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.

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

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.

unexpected film from Scorsese .

Weepy Vera, the bored young son, and others.

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

How uninspiring.

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

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

It may have been more compelling to get there sooner.

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

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

Dull as Dry Cereal .

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.

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

These comprise the increasingly engaging expedition of Alice Hyatt.

Goes nowhere slow.

I enjoyed it from beginning to end.

An enjoyable gem.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Early and enjoyable Scorsese feature.