Bringing Out the Dead (1999) - Drama, Thriller

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Haunted by the patients he failed to save, an extremely burned-out Manhattan ambulance paramedic fights to maintain his sanity over three fraught and turbulent nights.

IMDB: 6.8
Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Patricia Arquette
Length: 121 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 78 out of 377 found boring (20.68%)

One-line Reviews (278)

We understand at the end what drives Frank; he really does get a buzz out of helping people but he is slow to realise the price he is paying.

Where Woody Allen pays tribute to his adored city, Scorsese examines the problems, complexities and densities of one of America's most fascinating cities.

Boring is an understatement.

Still, the unusual story of an EMT on the edge of sanity was very compelling, and I decided by the end of the movie it was well worth my time.

For a rather slow moving and useless movie, there are times it is incredible.

This is Martin Scorcese at his best-- dizzying, intense, real.

My Korean girlfriend said she overheard one one person say "This is the worst movie, I've ever seen in my life".

BORED...

), and give the whole mess a pointless, often inappropriate soundtrack (Van followed by The Clash followed by Johnny Thunders followed by R.

It is one of the most boring things that I have seen this year.

Scorsese's's first film in far too long .

It appears that while absorbing the influences of Pulp Fiction and Repo Man, Scorsese failed to put his own magic into the work.

Cage plays a paramedic on the edge.

It was definitely a dark and compelling film.

In Bringing Out The Dead, Scorsese deploys the full arsenal of his creative genius -- fluid camera movement, expressive lighting, stunning camera angles -- to create an aesthetic experience that only cinema can provide.

Don't waste your money.

But to be fair and honest, what really bothers me about Bringing Out the Dead is that it is so unbelievably boring.

I watched for 45 minutes and there was no plot .

This is one of those films where I actually wished I was watching paint dry rather than watching it.

His monotone voice as he delivers his lines, compliments his expressions, or lack thereof, perfectly.

When the exciting trailers of this film popped up in movie theaters, I was expecting a twisted black comedy that only Marty's visuals could deliver.

I was surprised that they were able to make what would seem to be inherently compelling story material into something so bland.

Outside of this negative portrayal the movie is just as listless and dull as the character Nicolas Cage plays.

Certainly one film worth watching .

Scorsese's Flawless Story-Telling along-with a Stunning & Haunting Screenplay Written by Paul Schrader, make this highly under-rated film simply unforgettable.

An older couple walked out of the showing I saw and another (older) couple complained how boring the movie was throughout, because they didn't get it.

no story...

3/10 because of Cage's acting, otherwise it is a waste of good time.

Strange but intriguing .

Grim but absorbing.

Fast paced, thrilling movie .

Although the film is dark and grim and everyone in it seems to be crazy, it was very absorbing.

a 120 minute rush of adrenaline, surely one of the year's best .

What a mental plot and a waste of time.

Bland, lifeless camerawork and a pace to rival a snail.

I will give it credit for the hilarious scenes, but I was let down by the lack of an engaging story.

Great Treatment for Insomnia .

The character Frank Pierce already says enough and becomes interesting and intriguing enough to carry the movie on its own.

The story of BOTD is simple to be followed, yet it quite entertaining and have good messages.

A lot of people will argue there is no plot, that the film leads no where or has no conclusion.

This film is going nowhere and taking a long time to get there.

It portrays paramedics as people on the edge – traumatised by the many things they have seen; lives that no one would want to live.

Many of the lighting techniques also serve to emphasize the urbanality of the surroundings, often combining music and fast paced editing.

Bringing Out the Dead is boring from start to finish and even though Sizemore and Goodman are both fun to watch in their segments, they can not overcome the sense of boredom this film gives you.

Realistic and surrealistic moments collide with one another in a fascinating look at an underappreciated career.

This movie was so bad it drove me to insomnia.

With all the superlative reviews that have been given here at imdb, I am wondering what version of this bore did I watch.

This one was funny, powerful, and altogether entertaining.

A typical scorsese film, very dark, and well worth the watch.

But there was no story to this movie; it was just a 'day in the life' sort of thing, and way too artsy for my taste.

On the positive side, the theme of the supernatural (Cage apparently sees ghosts of victims he could not save) is addressed better than in "The Sixth Sense", and the soundtrack is as expected, fitting and exciting.

To quote a cliche, one of the best films of the year.

The imagery is fast-moving and hallucinatory (it looks like Robert Richardson brought in some of his Oliver Stone tricks for this one), and the soundtrack is typically propulsive (though the shoddy sound system in the theatre I saw the film in had the music drowning out some of the dialogue).

Add the totally compelling and very real "Bringing Out the Dead" to that list.

Scorsese continues his tradition of making engrossing films with strange and interesting characters with a great choice of music.

Save your money.

Boring, watch Taxi Driver instead.

Maybe Scorsese is trying to portray an appalling unending nightmare where you cannot even escape by being sacked, just as even the terminally ill patient cannot escape to the peace of death, but is continually dragged back by zealous doctors to suffer further agony.

I'll admit it that the story was thin; however, the underlying theme of loneliness and how two people come together (even though I still feel the ending was very similar to Wong's Fallen Angels) under the trance the legends Bobby Richardson's STUNNING camera work and Schoonmaker's beautiful cuts makes this film a complete stunner.

His partners on the other hand were much more engaging and I wish we could've seen it through their eyes instead.

It may be very episodic during it's stylish tour of those in need of help but it's is enjoyable nonetheless.

I also liked the directing of Scorsese and the camera shots of New York city were awesome, but I thought the story was fairly dull and found myself bored at times.

Great cast wasted in a plodding, boring, disconnected movie.

There is really no plot in this film, conventionally speaking, because the real plot is in Pierce's mind.

Nicolas Cage's conflicts; his insomnia, the memories of the homeless girl he couldn't save, his eagerness to be fired, his infatuation with Patricia Arquette; feel phony, stitched on.

Mind Blowing .

By the slow demise of Cage's performance, one would think the Angel of Death had visited his portion of the script on more than one occasion.

Every over-loaded cliché about "how hard life is in the Big City" was compressed into the waiting room - people yelling at anyone and everyone, blood all over the place, rudeness piled upon rudeness, and everyone a Puerto-Rican, a black or a loser/street person/alcoholic/druggie/psycho - or some combination of the above.

The responses seem to be evenly split between "loved it, very moving" and "hated it, no plot".

It seems like all three of them, Scorsese, Schraeder, and Cage, were straining to get the effect of the novel, and it felt disjointed.

I know there are some of you who will find the lack of plot stimulating and the visual imagery dazzling.

In classic Scorsese style, the themes of masculinity, subcultural underground interaction, and fast paced film editing combine to form the frenetic basis of Frank's neo-noir lifestyle.

Schrader's screenplay offers satisfying levels of complexity, so that ultimately, towards the end, when Frank does something totally unexpected and morally ambiguous, we understand exactly why he's doing it and can sympathize.

And Nicolas Cage delivers yet another fascinating performance here.

Dark and sick - I enjoyed it very much.

After all, this is the mean streets of New York, this is about trying to find salvation and redemption in the pits of despair, and it features a character on the edge.

The characters seemed flat and uninteresting, and I simply didn't believe the romance that was being portrayed.

Thus, for all its admirable attempts at documentary realism, the film turns out to be at its most compelling when it follows the tried-and-true path of basic character-driven drama.

Frank is a Marlboro smoking altruistic cowboy with a drinking problem and insomnia.

'Taxi Driver' was long and boring when I watched it, redeemed partially by that great sax score.

It was possibly the longest, most confusing 2.5 hours of my life!

Very intense, because it shows all difficulties some professionals - in this case, they are paramedics - have to deal with and all the things they have to go through to help strangers, people they've never seen before, people they can't help at all, people they end up involved with, people who die in their bear hands.

If you like intense storylines, Bringing Out the Dead will certainly not disappoint.

If you're a fan of disjointed weirdness then this is an excellent movie for you.

Th only thing that kept me in the theater was the thought of somthing entertaining happening.

But the film is very powerless,and boring,the message is not too original.

Yet these qualities are Scorsese's hallmarks, and this film has links to many of his other works -- the confusion of "After Hours", the emotional indecision of "The Age of Innocence", the alienation of "Taxi Driver", the spiritual search of "The Last Temptation of Christ".

No script...

Indeed whenever the film stays away from it's story with Mary and focuses on style then it is most enjoyable.

Sadly, the thought-provoking dynamics between the paramedics are not explored as thoroughly as they could have been, owing to an annoying, pointless, and tacked-on subplot involving Mary Burke (Patricia Arquette).

But Bringing Out The Dead is so slow, all over the map, pointless and boring that I thought I was going to fall asleep.

Bringing Out Boredom.

The darkness of the City night is contrasted with the searing halogen of the hospital, and the sunlight that creeps through the window at dawn mocks Frank's insomnia.

The other characters in this film are also unremarkably thin and bland.

This film has absolutely no script, no story, no acting and no style.

yes, it's a very very dark comedy, but you often find yourself laughing at things you wouldn't normally laugh at, much like this year's unexpected satire riot Fight Club.

This was Scorcese playing the role of the psychologist as he examines the psychosis of a man on the edge of life.

Capping off his most eclectic decade of filmmaking, Martin Scorsese has made a film that is a stunning and original film both in tone and style.

Cage is stunning and makes you wonder why he doesn't stick to this kind of quality work.

Cage keeps your interest as a battered and increasingly desperate man, the plot is episodic rather than rounded but the incidents are compelling and brutally grim, they keep you watching.

No Real Plot...

The remarkable-as-always production design and cinematography set us reeling into a hyperactive, intense, and hallucinatory mission for Joe to settle with the ghosts in his head.

It's got the same strengths as other Scorsese classics--visually stunning, uncompromising in its portrayal of the darker side of human nature, and a dead-on portrayal of people at their most desperate.

This is the only movie where I left the theater before it was over.

The film struggles desperately to give the audience a sense of enlightenment, however, you instead feel contempt for this contrived time-waster.

His sense of torment and bipolar mood swings were compelling and potent.

The only weak points of the movie that I saw was the performance of Arquette, along with this wierd ghost named Rose that seemed really cliche as far as ghosts the come back to haunt people.

Distribing at times but will keep you pulled in tight..It will touch a couple nerves if you worked any job close to this gripping account based on the novel.

But Scorsese's film implodes in its attempts to be compelling.

The film is kind of too long as well,and there ar'nt enough gripping twists and turns in the plot to keep you hooked,as there was in Taxi Driver.

Slowly paced but consistently gripping, hypnotically detailed, and often graphically violent.

For the next 72 hours both Pierce and Mary go through a major change of life while Mary's dad is in the intensive care unit at the hospital.

The film has no real plot, and is just plain confusing and uninteresting.

Just about ready to leave Ving Rhames made me sit back down.

The lighting is beautiful in DEAD, but the composition is unimaginative and flat-out boring.

If ever downtown Brooklyn looked more stunning, i haven't seen it...

A dark and intense Scorsese film.

Next thing you know he's back at work the next day like nothing happened.

A dreary and depressing look at unhappy New York, not unlike 'Taxi Driver', and it even has the same writer and director.

It gets bad it gets better it gets worse it gets better it gets "Scream" It gets better it gets "Puke" and dies a slow death.

Then the voice over kicks in, and we are reminded of Light Sleeper, Affliction, and countless other inflictions Paul Schrader has made upon screenwriting, and we hear the ponderous, tired voice of the Schrader hero who has seen it all, feels his life is about to change, and that he's so tired...

But it is hard to watch, slightly confusing and has no plot.

Now, at 46 minutes, the clue may have been revealed, but I had grown bored with watching to find out.

I wouldn't let comments that this film is highly stylized, arty, inaccessible, or has no story, deter you from seeing it.

It is a very intense, entertaining, funny, and thought-provoking film.

It's a true piece of art,and he makes it very entertaining.

VERY Enjoyable film .

If we're lucky it will go mainly to art-house movie theatres so that those of us wanting to be spared a boring couple of hours to ooh and ahh over Scorsese's self-indulgent lyrical of a downbeat NY hospital and emergency service will know to get a video out instead.

Every time the interactions between Pierce and his coworkers are becoming interesting, we'd be whisked away to yet another intolerable, formulaic scene with Cage and Arquette.

Gloomy and atmospheric, this riveting urban drama focuses on a burned-out paramedic who's obsessed with his job and haunted by the memory of a lost patient.

The movie was too long, boring, and depressing.

Scorsese takes an only an average script and turns it into an entertaining movie.

And whereas Taxi Driver was compelling, with brilliant characterizations, 'Dead' suffers from its inability to make you care about the main character or most of the supporting cast.

An intense masterwork from one of Film's greatest auteurs.

I saw Three To Tango this weekend and as simple and silly as it was, at least it was entertaining.

Long and boring .

Overall, I thought it was extremely boring.

Nicolas Cage, Jon Goodman and the Brilliant Ving Rhames contribute to a dark but wonderfully entertaining movie.

Fascinating .

But after its headlong rush into the urban maelstrom of inner Manhattan the story manages to resolve itself on a note of unexpected grace.

It was pointless and dull.

Reading the other customer reviews after watching this film, I was shocked to see it described as plotless, inaccessible, and generally as a sort of forbidding, impenetrable arthouse flick (I've nothing against forbidding, impenetrable arthous flicks, by the way) Well it isn't.

It's particularly evocative in its suggestion of paramedic life as a sort of reverse angle on combat life--a constant barrage of violence in which the protagonists un-shoot, rather than shoot people.

I went to see this film as a last choice but really quiet enjoyed it.

This is not the Best Scorsese film but a flawed Scorsese, it's still worth watching.

It was boring and there was no real plotline or anything.

"Bringing Out the Dead" offers no story in its existence.

The visuals are fast paced.

The plot is contrived and the characters are unidimensional.

Harsh, gritty, but also very entertaining and quite funny, Bringing Out The Dead combines a decent plot with some very nice performances from a good cast, as well as some very nice cinematography.

The film is a dark and intense character study with Cage turning in one of his best performances.

Engaging movie with some great and entertaining performances.

My comments are probably more exciting...

Their scene together in the hospital waiting room, as they gently bare their wounded souls to each other, is the most effective and engaging in the movie.

Want to waste about 2 hours or your life.

It's not Scorsese's best and maybe not even in his top 10, but well worth watching.

It's always gripping without being disturbing.

He is burnt-out, on the edge of his tether, and heading nowhere fast.

Those were the highlights for me in an exhilarating and fast paced film that failed to engage me with the main character played by Cage.

Waste of time.

But Cage and Arquette were each boring, the dialogue was usually cliched, the repeated superimposition of Rose's face on every bum on the street made me want to get out my target pistol, the "Nole" character was just irritating, and the entire plot and the ending were pointless.

Partly due to Nicolas Cage's dull and lifeless performance, and partly because of Pat Arquette's underwritten and underacted one.

Powerful and engrossing cinema from a truly great team.

A man gripping the threads of his life, while trying to figure why.

What this film lacks in plot, it makes up for in everything else.

This movie could have been revolutionary, instead, it was a waste of time...

an intense and captivating movie experience .

Ving Rhames also puts on a pretty entertaining performance and I really enjoyed these characters dialogues.

Sheets, The Clash – Janie Jones), fascinating characters acted incredibly well, and very decent editing.

Frank himself indulges in shots of adrenaline and the devilish riffs of *gasp*, rock and roll.

What I found fascinating about BRINGING OUT THE DEAD is its edginess, its ability to keep me off-balance, and the contradictory aspects of the film, including my own thoughts and feelings throughout.

But the central drama movingly conveyed by Nicolas Cage, a man who feels trapped by his failures and yet both seeks and offers redemptive kindness, is utterly compelling.

Some of the film's most entertaining moments show the characters high-strung and wired, racing around in the ambulance (and later, they cause some damage).

Nicholas Cage gives an outstanding performance as an overworked, burnt-out guy on the edge of sanity.

Scorsese and Cage combine for a stunning cinematic experience.

I wasn't really sure what the film was about because the plot was so confusing.

Yawn.

The style he uses to depict the film in is flawless in this justification: the camera angles are mind-warping and fast paced, the atmosphere of the movie is gritty, with blood and vulgarism abound.

Unfortunately the movie is a long bore, with no story or backstory.

Overall, it's quite impressive and enjoyable movie by Scorsese.

While some have panned Bringing out the Dead for its lack of plot, its power comes from its strong narrative pull, it's mostly bleak, sporadically dazzling cinematography, and the vulnerable, strongly believable character, again, masterfully created by Nicholas Cage.

As for Cage, he gradually got into the rhythm of the film, but I felt Scorsese's constantly moving picture was trying to make the film look exciting over Cage's stiffness.

He struggle with his believe that saving others is important and exciting, and he show us that live as a rescuer is worthy.

Scorsese tries to spice things up every once in a while by trying to make a mini "music video" in between the tedious "talking head" scenes.

Thelma Schoonmaker's expert editing is, as usual, outstanding -- she gives the fast paced scenes the charge they need, and provides some dizzying sped up camera effects during the emergency call scenes.

No master thespian she, Arquette speaks each line in such a dull monotone that you want to slap her just to get her out of the rut she's in.

With every call to duty, there comes something new and exciting to watch, and this is where the film grows on you, in time, as it moves on, instead of hitting you from finish to end.

What the paramedic characters in the film should be really doing is going to every movie theater and bringing out the bored to death viewers who chose to watch this stinker.

Well, to be honest I found the picture quite boring and it never really seemed to go anywhere.

" I have since decided that my antipathy towards this movie as I left the theater was due to my expectation that Scorsese make a "Scorsese" picture.

Unfortunately, this collection of talent managed to produce an incredibly dull, unmoving film.

In a film that sees a number of people feel the need to garner a sense of importance in carrying firearms and searching for a thrill similar to Frank's in maintaining a drug habit, Pierce's round-the-clock prowl for that adrenaline rush might see him connected more to these people than first thought.

Not only was it rather forgetful and pretty out there (even for Scorsese), it just seemed like a waste of everyone's time.

I thought this movie was one of the worst movies I have ever seen.

At times, it felt highly contrived - the born again character flirting with the female dispatcher, the awful impaling of the drug dealer, the umpteenth superimposition of Rose on Mary's face, the grim, haunted, unsmiling, purple face on old Nicolas.

I found this movie to be extremely tedious.

There is no story here, just a series of stuck-together vignettes from a couple of days in the life of a burned-out EMT.

This contradiction is much of what makes his character so intriguing.

Finally, as with Scorcese's earlier (and more distinctive) film 'Taxi Driver', we see a portrayal of a man already on the edge at the start of the film; what might be more interesting is seeing how most people who do this kind of job somehow manage to hold things together in their private lives.

The camera work and Schoonmaker's outstanding editing resulted in some incredible and awe inspiring imagery.

Despite not enjoying this film as much as I have other Scorsese movies, I have to admit that there were some incredibly entertaining scenes.

Frank Pierce (Nicolas Cage) is an ambulance driver, who suffers from insomnia caused by the guilt of the people, who died under his watch.

It's well worth watching -- an original piece.

An utter waste of time.

Cage plays a really depressed person, and the movie droned on about this with no real plot other than the depression.

Nicolas Cage is excellent in the lead role and has a presence that is so engaging we get into it.

(The drug-induced meltdown is as intense as movies get.

As usual in a Scorcese film, music is an equal and compelling character all its own.

Such a cliche concept, right?

The other enjoyable part of this movie would have to be Tom Sizemore.

If you want to see a great Scorsese film that is a relatively slow, character driven piece, watch Taxi Driver.

Bore.

Nicholas Cage was the perfect actor for this role and the way he cruises the streets in a ambulance while making narrative about the city life was entertaining although somewhat random at times.

It's boring, pointless, and dumb.

It was exciting and kept me on the edge of my seat.

The usual Scorsese strengths are here: magnificent images, stunning cinematography (I've never seen anything that looks remotely like this film), and a terrific soundtrack, expertly utilized (the wailing harmonica as ambulance siren in the opening shot is a particularly effective detail).

Scorsese continues to show why he is one of the greatest directors by establishing an evocative tone and creating unforgettable scenes.

I highly recommend it to anyone who likes Scorcese.

Nic Cage plays paramedic so deadpan, you'd wish someone would pump him full of adrenaline!

A strong, stylish and evocative film .

Cage conveys both his character's depth and emotional state wonderfully in a performance which is every bit as intense as his in Leaving Las Vegas, leaving the viewer with an unforgettable impression of his character's mental state.

Bringing Out the Dead again justifies his title of master by bringing the viewer along on a long slow ride into hell and back.

(And incidentally, in case the critics who hated "Bringing Out the Dead" have forgotten, "Taxi Driver" was originally considered to be a boring, pointless movie, with an "unlikable leading man" and "disgusting morals.

The fast-paced, adrenaline fueled ambulance-acrobatics could make you think that you are watching some pre-fifth element Bruce Willis film, if they weren't as imaginatively shot as they are.

Scorsese's new flick is a meandering, plotless film, completely unsure of itself from start to finish.

A meandering bore of a movie .

Boring.

The dramatic monotony sets in early on as the film becomes basically a sequence of rambling, loosely related crises and hallucinogenic visions, barely held together by Pierce's portentous and often pretentious voice-over observations.

(Nicolas scores a double bogie for 1999; `8mm' and `BOTD' are 2 of the worst movies of the year.

same director, same screenwriter, the story of a loner on the edge driving around NYC at night...

So is the movie a somewhat gripping fantasy?

Burnt out and emotionally on the edge, Pierce, much like Bickle, becomes a study of a tightly wound coil waiting to be sprung.

This isnt an entertaining or enjoyable movie, it is atmospheric and well implemented.

It's greatest aspect is the stunning visual imagery, not hard to imagine in a Scorcese film.

All the yelling, banging and hysterics come across as empty theatrics.

On the surface, it is rather dull, although it has its frenetic moments.

There were some really poignant scenes, but many got lost as the movie dragged on...

A Haunting, Depressing & Stunning Motion-Picture, that can even be described as a Triumph.

It explores the city and creates a weird,fascinating world of its own.

Patricia Arquette's problems are well within the believable, and are gripping.

Went nowhere fast and kept on going!!.

The biggest problem of Martin Scorsese's "Bringing Out The Dead" is not that the story parallels on many of the same theme's as his brilliant "Taxi Driver" (one of the best films ever made), but it is that the story is nowhere near as absorbing or compelling as "Taxi Driver".

An intense array of light and color creates a dream-like atmosphere in a world none of us has ever been, even though Scorsese has taken us to this very LOCATION before.

Martin Scorsese's last film of the 20th century takes place "back in the early 90's" and it serves as an accurate and engrossing portrayal of what that decade was all about.

This movie is a terrible bore.

" It was rather boring.

The characters are all convincingly portrayed as in general Scorseses description of NY is highly absorbing.

but entertainingly so if you can prevent yourself being dragged down with the character.

It seems sort of a slow-moving film, despite the veneer of being some sort of action movie.

And some scenes early with John Goodman were a little dull and pointless.

I left the theater after this film not knowing if I liked this film or not.

The movie was a waste of time.

It's a phony, mannered performance of "a man on the edge" that fails to convince or generate any kind of sympathy or empathy.

The best performances are mostly OTT, befitting the excessive mood set by Scorsese's direction but as enjoyable as it is on a stylish, pacey level it isn't satisfying as a total film or as a story.

The cinematography is stunning.

There really is no plot to "Bringing Out The Dead", and that's a good thing because the movie isn't meant to be a straightforward narrative.

Actually, this is a thoroughly unwatchable pile of rubbish.

A long boring ride to nowhere .

Especially enjoyable as black comic relief are Nicolas Cage's unbalanced partners Ving Rhames and Tom Sizemore.

The story is soooooo slow and all you really see is Frank getting more edgy with each call for an ambulance.

I'd second another IMDb reviewer who said of the movie "Scorsese's new flick is a meandering, plotless film, completely unsure of itself from start to finish.

Too artsy.

it seemed empty.

I would just like to ask all of you that complain that this film is plotless one question.

There are anomalies that really make you think (like that white horse that was casually strolling through the streets of a terrible neighborhood while Frank and Tom were on a suicide call), there are fascinating uses of the color red (playing Red Red Wine while Frank walks through an apartment on a call in which everything is red – the curtains, the walls, the Christmas lights, the blood), and the way the story is presented is very unique and perfectly chosen for the kind of film that this is.

I want to say it was "great" because it was: it was intense, and compelling.

This is in all honesty the first movie I ever walked out on when seeing it at the movie theater.

My recommendation don't waste your money or your time with this one!

And, though I'm a fan, I'd say Patricia Arquette's performance was the least believeable or enjoyable.

One of the worst movies I've ever seen.

A stunning movie .

Lots of symbolism, but no plot.

Patricia Arquette is stunning--it's nice to see her act instead of being cute (Stigmata aside, of course..) Ving Rhames (with Queen Latifah, i might add) is a fabulous addition--the wreck scene is one of my favorites...

The absolute beauty of the cinematography, and occasional fast paced bursts, are worth the viewing of one of Scorcese's lesser masterpieces.

Add some pretentious and obvious voiceover, and you've got a real winner.

But the movie has been done before, the lead actors are lousy, script predictable...

It's a little disappointing to see so many people complaining about the "lack of plot".

However, Scorsese's trademark slow pacing and overly drawn-out scenes make this otherwise great movie seem, at times, dull and boring.