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Cape Fear

1991
Suspense/Thriller
Crime
2h 8m
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Rated 27 Feb 2007
4
70th
It's fun to see De Niro chew up as much scenery as he does here; he goes entirely over the top, and, like Al Pacino in Scarface, it works amazingly well. However, the movie, while decent, is otherwise unremarkable. Scorsese makes it a good watch, and recycles his own recurring theme of guilt effectively enough, but it's nothing that rises above the pack.
Rated 02 Sep 2019
100
94th
Honestly you can't go wrong with either film they are equally good I just think the newer version has a slight advantage with filming techniques and a slightly better dialogue
Rated 26 Mar 2020
78
85th
After this masterclass in terrifying presence it's no small miracle that Robert De Niro would go on to become the romantic lead in...nevermind.
Rated 05 Apr 2009
6
34th
Sideshow Bob
Rated 25 Sep 2010
67
57th
DeNiro is absolutely creepy, and one of the few roles Lewis is effective in. I am not a big fan of Nick Nolte but he is tolerable and sometimes even good in his "pushed over the edge" role. All in all an effective thriller.
Rated 08 Jun 2007
70
41st
De Niro is really good in this movie, but it's just less impressive than the original outside of his performance in every way. Mostly just a decent thriller.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
76
87th
Made for commercial reasons but very enjoyable. Nick Nolte is at his finest when playing weak characters, as is the case here and in LIFE LESSONS, Scorsese's excellent contribution to NEW YORK STORIES. Although it is a conventional genre film, the themes are explored very well, and the Scorsesean shooting and editing style works very nicely. Structurally this film bears some notable similarities with PSYCHO. The whole cast is very good.
Rated 21 Sep 2008
49
24th
Feels like an unnecessary remake. Scorsese and De Niro excel but Nolte, Lange and the script are quite bad.
Rated 23 Jun 2016
4
74th
It's tongue-in-cheek trashy, in the same vein that Shutter Island later would be, deferential to old genre pulp and told in almost ridiculous gestures, with Nolte and De Niro oddly mismatched. The material is elevated with several meaningful wrinkles stitched into the original script's vanilla schemes, most notably the Bowden family's discord and Max Cady's self-identification as a biblical avenger, bringing this version closer in line to, say, The Night of the Hunter.
Rated 04 Dec 2013
75
65th
DeNiro looking at Juliette Lewis and then the son and then back at Juliette Lewis and he starts to burn himself with his cigar.
Rated 01 Jan 2007
70
67th
Good, but oddly weak effort from Scorsese.
Rated 07 Oct 2023
82
58th
Besides Scorsese's pure mastery of camera usage and so on, the most outstanding virtue of the film might be how it's so richly charged with sexual tension with the wonderful performance by the whole cast, and especially how, as always, Scorsese shows no withdrawal from depicting female sexuality as tensed between perpetual attraction for criminal, sluttishness-awakening violence and a longing for safety and masculine and paternal protection, and the ubiquitous repression and denial of this fact.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
84
84th
It's not Scorcese's best work. It's fairly mediocre. It's a remake and it feels very familiar. There are a few neat twists and turns, but the real exceptional thing about the movie is Robert DeNiro. Almost all of his scenes leave a lasting impression. Supposedly, DeNiro's scene in the empty theater with Juliette Lewis was improvised and done in one take. If that is true... WOW.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
77
84th
What a great thriller. Period.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
82nd
Thrilling remake stamped with Scorcese's unmistakable style.
Rated 17 Aug 2008
70
61st
Robert de Niro shines in this (and reportedly deliberately chipped a tooth for the role, only to spend $25,000 having it replaced)
Rated 28 Aug 2008
90
88th
For my money, one of Scorcese's best--it winds up tighter than a spring and lets loose in a sweaty, thrilling, over-the-top storm of an ending.
Rated 18 Nov 2008
65
79th
I always look under my car.
Rated 22 Dec 2008
3
61st
A rather toothless entry in Scorsese's oeuvre. De Niro is its saving grace, and his performance carries the film to its bitter, waterlogged end.
Rated 28 Jul 2009
70
51st
Robert De Niro's stellar performance and Scorsese's ode to Hitchcockian style save this from being a below-average thriller.
Rated 31 May 2017
70
38th
Another movie ruined (and improved) by The Simpsons. It's quite the stylish affair, I think Scorsese got back into coke during the early '90s, and as impressive as the technical aspects may be, they do also negate a deeper sense going on here. This is a very well made afternoon flick that could've had more resonating power than it aspires at, but it's quite the effective, rather dePalma-esque thriller. Wish it did more than just end, though.
Rated 08 Jun 2016
80
68th
What a fun little film, check it out!
Rated 29 Nov 2010
88
91st
i saw this again just recently, and despite the 20 years gone by, i cant believe how de niro is still unbelievably disturbing in this picture, amazing.
Rated 03 Apr 2011
7
68th
Both versions have something to love and I can't decide which one I like more. De Niro carries the movie, his performance is so over the top and enjoyable. The soundtrack is pretty sweet too. Some odd directorial choices but it works most of the time. Never boring and another solid movie into Scorsese's catalog.
Rated 26 Mar 2017
73
83rd
good movie
Rated 11 Jan 2012
55
25th
This was a stylish, well acted, well cast film with good performances, especially from Lewis and Nolte, but the film fails miserably by serving up a plot that was frankly ludicrous, with DeNiro able to walk through walls (apparently) and follow people anywhere, and the cast killed by cliche ... pretty teenager untouched, downtrodded wife fights back, unfaithful husband beaten up, slutty girl raped, nasty PI killed, pointless nanny, killed etc etc ... this was the kings new clothes of celluloid.
Rated 21 Mar 2017
69
55th
An effectively creepy and tense film, with De Niro's performance as the two steps ahead antagonist being the primary reason. I have to admit that a lot of the power of the film has been lost due to the genius of the 'Cape Feare' Simpsons parody episode. In simple terms this film is far less scary when you are smirking through memorable scenes and wishing with all your heart that this time De Niro would step on a rake.
Rated 22 Feb 2015
79
64th
Overlong, but not overstuffed. De Nrio is fantastic with that greasy southern accent, and Juliette Lewis walks a tightrope between innocence and temptation very well. I found it hard to believe Nick Nolte though - I just can't see him as squeaky clean but it sorta adds a level of moral ambiguity to the whole thing. Aside from the cast, the film has a great look and sound design - the whole thing feels sticky with humidity and tension. The score is as bombastic as the camerawork.
Rated 19 May 2013
54
22nd
A rare miss in the Scorsese catalog. The direction seems amateur, which is weird coming from the genius that made Goodfellas just one year earlier. Overall, the movie just feels too cheesy. De Niro's performance is fun more than scary or creepy which was just too incongruous with the completely serious tone of everything else. (That could very well entirely because I watched this through the eyes of one way too familiar with the Simpsons Cape Fear parody episode.)
Rated 19 Feb 2007
65
73rd
Great remake.
Rated 21 Feb 2007
60
25th
Well made and acted, but far too over the top to be effective despite some good bits early on.
Rated 02 Mar 2007
63
60th
Quite effective, pretty decent watching, the casting's good. It's definitely been modernized and altered from the original, but not in a very imaginative way. It's even more of a genre flick this time. I would recommend watching the 1962 version instead of this, and to those who think De Niro owns the role, I say try Mitchum!
Rated 08 Jan 2017
70
41st
This is certainly a scary and suspenseful film (I felt ill after one particular scene) but some of the stylistic choices like the obvious close-ups, film negative, and slow-mo were distracting.
Rated 26 May 2007
70
70th
Deniro is a creep.
Rated 03 Aug 2007
79
46th
That rarest of beasts, the remake that doesn't suck. Of course, Scorsese/DeNiro will do that for you.
Rated 07 Aug 2007
84
66th
Gripping.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
40th
Everyone involved overacts wonderfully in this pretty average thriller.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
2
23rd
I prefer the original.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
25th
Not as good as the 1962 original with Mitchum and Peck, so it suffers by comparison. Still, though, DeNiro is amazing in this, and he carries an otherwise lackluster cast.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
69
58th
Good, but unnecessary. The original is easily superior.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
88
95th
I live just a few miles from the Cape Fear river. The movie was chilling. Robert DeNiro was incredible. Nick Nolte was incredible. Juliette Lewis screams loud and often.
Rated 19 Feb 2024
45
23rd
Quite a deeply flawed film that has moments which shine.
Rated 30 Jul 2019
70
56th
Watch the fish, Marge
Rated 11 Mar 2020
81
92nd
Seen: 2.
Rated 21 Aug 2007
73
28th
It reaks of Scorsese's great style and De Niro is unsettlingly psychotic. Once again, here is a role I can picture no other actor in. Good tension and even a few wacky parts.
Rated 22 Aug 2007
88
90th
Very Good
Rated 17 Sep 2007
75
79th
overstylized but entertaining
Rated 19 Sep 2007
80
77th
Trashy, pulpy, shocking, sinister, I love it.
Rated 28 Oct 2007
92
63rd
Minor Scorsese, as Jeff Daniels likes to say, but Minor Scorsese is still oh-so-much better than most films from other filmmakers.
Rated 02 Dec 2022
64
39th
I was shocked I'd never seen this in my youth, and came across it today and decided to give it a watch. Now 30+ years after its release if you told me this was directed by Scorsese without me knowing that to be true I'd have called you a liar. Some laughably awful scenes and overacting that just doesn't hold up in 2022. It feels like a spoof at times. Deniro's performance is great albeit ridiculous by the climax. I wanted to like it a lot more than I did, but still worth seeing. 6.4
Rated 07 Mar 2019
74
67th
one of my least favorite Scorsese's
Rated 28 Aug 2016
73
35th
Occasionally Scorsese loves to show off his chops for Hitchcock-ian suspense, and Cape Fear shows he's as adept at it as anybody. Even though it's intentionally derivative (Saul Bass credits, Herrmann score, Mitchum and Peck cameos), the movie really only falls flat at its prolonged set-ups; the climax and intermittent scenes of tension are nearly pitch perfect. It's as close as one can get to a modern version of a classic Hollywood thriller: fun and frivolous with a supremely dark undercurrent.
Rated 23 Jan 2008
95
88th
Even slightly better than the original.
Rated 14 Mar 2008
86
82nd
Scorcese is going for a classic Hollywood thriller vibe here, and he succeeds admirably. DeNiro is amazing, and the whole cast does a good job as well. But despite all I like about this movie, to me it's the great score that makes the film so memorable.
Rated 08 Apr 2008
85
88th
The movie explored like no another the perverse side of Robert de Niro. Great program for who likes strong emotions, without opening hand of the reality.
Rated 17 May 2008
75
48th
Juliette Lewis was brilliant in this!
Rated 15 Aug 2008
75
50th
De Niro is phenomenal, but it's one of those movies where he's just so creepy and disturbing that it makes the movie hard to enjoy. There's really nothing to gain over the original and it's somewhat disappointing as a Scorsese movie, but if this is new territory for you, it's a pretty good thriller.
Rated 22 May 2018
78
92nd
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Rated 28 Dec 2008
86
95th
Everyone is picture perfect in their respective roles here - Nick Nolte as the lawyer on the edge, Jessica Lange as the wife, Juliette Lewis as the daughter and of course DeNiro as the creepy mean-ass stalker. The cameos of Gregory Peck & Robert Mitchum, a winkin' nudge to the original, was a cool touch.
Rated 25 Jan 2009
79
60th
This and "After Hours" remind me a lot of each other.
Rated 05 Jul 2022
45
13th
Some good deviations were made to the original, but then it just goes off the rails. Neither film has a very strong last act but this was just generic horror villain, didn't even feel like a human character anymore.
Rated 06 May 2018
95
93rd
I have not seen the original so I don't know how this compares, but Scorsese knocks this one out of the park. Robert De Niro gives an incredible and chilling performance as Max Cady. The film builds expertly to the houseboat sequence as it reveals Cady's motives and his utter creepiness.
Rated 10 Apr 2009
75
82nd
A remake superior to the original, a grimly effective thriller, filled with a sense of brooding menace.
Rated 09 Jun 2009
62
34th
Doesn't really work out. Think I'm gonna give the original a go soon.
Rated 20 Jul 2009
93
84th
Robert De Niro at his best. No, don't give me Goodfellas or Godfather 2; this is his best movie.
Rated 17 Aug 2009
82
66th
Not bad, definitely not bad, but totally predicable.
Rated 08 Jun 2022
70
54th
A good remake is hard to find; this was mostly very good. I was pleasantly surprised to see Scorsese embrace this as his own while homaging the original. The camera is wild; everything has a retro feel, even as a modern retelling; a lot is a direct nod to Hitch (even the music, while mostly lifted from Hermann's score for the original, draws from unused work for Torn Curtain). Sadly, the climax is farcically overblown with not a third of the original's tension.
Rated 22 Apr 2018
75
69th
ikinci yarısında, ya da daha net olarak, film kontrolden çıktıkça harika bir işe dönüşüyor. ilk bölümde b-filmi senaryosuna sanki ciddi bir dramaymış gibi yaklaşılmış hissi, belli kurgu mantığına rağmen hayli düşük temposu sonuna kadar sabretmeyi engelleyecek kadar kötü olabiliyor, ama dörtlünün muhteşem performasına bakılarak katlanınca harika bir işe dönüşüyor. scorsese'nin en zayıf filmi belki ama yine de o final bölümüyle her şeye değiyor.
Rated 21 Dec 2009
65
8th
A cruel, self-indulgent thriller from Scorsese, who should know better, and a horribly hammy performance from DeNiro.
Rated 20 Feb 2010
81
69th
80.750
Rated 10 Mar 2010
8
79th
Satisfying thriller with great cinematography. Scorsese may of been able to do better but that is not much of a complaint. A psychotic De Niro could of over-acted like in "Men of Honor" but in this case, he sets the tone and controls every scene hes in. Rest of the cast doesn't falter either.
Rated 25 May 2010
30
12th
I hate thrillers. I watched this for Scorsese and De Niro. What I got was a thriller. Shame on me I guess. I hate the screaming, I hate the tension, I hate the "boo" moments, and I hate the sexualization. When that stuff is taken away all I'm left with is just a little bit of De Niro and barely any Scorsese at all. That's not nearly enough to outweigh my distaste for thrillers.
Rated 01 Jun 2010
80
53rd
I've never seen the original, but I found De Niro's performance to be very good and I thought the movie as a whole was very suspenseful, which is pretty much all I'd ask from this sort of movie.
Rated 30 May 2022
80
68th
Terrific acting by De Niro. He's so fucking good at what he does I couldn't help but feel sympathy for Cady. It was a good movie overall and I wouldn't expect less than that from a Scorsese movie.
Rated 06 Aug 2010
60
54th
watched: 2010, 2021
Rated 11 Aug 2010
84
81st
Although I've not seen the original, this is certainly an excellent thriller/horror film. Scorcese certainly doing a good job of slowly raising the tension as well as the escalation of violence.
Rated 13 Aug 2010
73
31st
Choppy.
Rated 13 Sep 2010
80
33rd
pretty cool. great soundtrack
Rated 26 Mar 2017
65
42nd
A fun bit of camp.Truthfully, I forgot to write my review of this film when I saw it a few weeks ago, and now I am struggling to remember it. The only lasting memory I have is the campy De Niro filling the screen.
Rated 01 Jun 2016
77
58th
Didn't like the style of it
Rated 16 Mar 2011
65
54th
de niro is decently menacing, but just too overdone for my tastes. everyone else seems to be just there somehow. scorsese offers close to none of his typical energetical gimmickry...yup, this just might be his worst. and it still is a decent movie, just not great.
Rated 03 Apr 2011
88
85th
The movie seemed very rushed at first, but luckily it slowed down and started developing more depth about 20 minutes into it. Robert De Niro is extremely spooky in his fantastic performance as Max Cady and the movie was great at building suspense between Cady and the Bowdens. The only performance I felt was under par was from Juliette Lewis, whose character seemed out of place at certain times. This deviates from Scorseses usual style, but nevertheless a fantastic movie.
Rated 17 Apr 2011
70
53rd
So a jumbled movie about a torn family, stalked by an ex-convict out for revenge; a movie that plots right or wrong and law and order up against each other, which is carried in full by Robert De Niro. Scorsese really underachieved with his directing though, which in turn made the first twenty minutes or so, and the ending, a complete mess of rushed story and awkwardly angled boat scenes. Hats of to De Niro, the most scary Brian Johnson tribute I've ever seen, and Lewis for enticing performances.
Rated 16 Nov 2011
78
87th
a bit rushed at times. epic ending.
Rated 19 Mar 2024
20
12th
The eye-popping, jaw-dropping, unbearable tension of the 1962 original, is replaced here by a lot of long, boring scenes. De Niro's accent is so ridiculous, he never feels like a real person. Also, an 18 year-old actress being chased by a rapist, is not as monstrous as a 15 year-old actress. The original is just so, so much better. Honestly, I barely even cared to bother watching the climax here.
Rated 12 Sep 2015
90
75th
One of the very rare occasions where the remake is (almost) as good as the original
Rated 19 Dec 2011
60
42nd
- worth experiencing
Rated 10 Mar 2012
75
62nd
A decent film, but I would put in the lower tier of Scorsese films I've seen. De Niro is good here, and the rest of the cast was good (although Nolte has had better performances). Scorsese does a good job at setting up tension (Hermann's score helps). I felt the daughter character was extremely cliched. Haven't seen the original, so I can't really compare the two.
Rated 18 Apr 2012
82
36th
it had a huge fear atmosphere! but in other aspects that was not that hot!
Rated 24 Apr 2012
76
62nd
Obviously, this is all about De Niro. While Scorsese does the classic thriller pretty well, it hardly lives up to other work. His lead, however, rips the screen up. Over the top? Yeah. Entertaining? Absolutely.
Rated 30 Aug 2020
45
36th
this is a dumb movie. De Niro plays Cady like a man who knows Oscars can't be taken away after the fact, and he's terrific. but Nolte in the lead is awful; he's too contemptible, too smug, too hateful to feel any semblance of pity for his plight. his reaction to his dog being poisoned is blaming his wife. Juliette Lewis is terrible. there's a good amount of stylistic merit here, but the foundation isn't strong enough. might have to check out the original.
Rated 06 Nov 2012
81
35th
81.000
Rated 04 Dec 2012
85
85th
Scariest movie I know of. Deniro is perfect
Rated 05 Jun 2013
83
72nd
The three big accomplishments that I perceived were 1: De Niro delivering a spine-tingling performance as Max Cady, 2: Lewis pulling off the perfect depiction of a confused but sweet teenager, and 3: the way Nolte and Lange flushed out all the tension and anger of their characters' marriage. They all worked to establish this dark, fearful world Scorsese was trying to create. Still, some tonal mixtures that didn't work and minor character flaws kept this good movie from being great.
Rated 12 Jun 2013
58
27th
Ironically this remake makes every character except the villain a lot less likeable. Like, Nick Nolte's character gets a phone call, and FOR NO REASON his wife turns this into an interrogation about him cheating on her. Then there's some dialogue suggesting that she was deeply depressed in the past, and he basically calls her a lazy bitch for it. Maybe the idea was to heighten the drama, but all our protagonists end up looking like petty assholes and/or giant idiots as a result.
Rated 15 Jun 2020
8
65th
Scorsese brings elegance to the slasher genre that was popularized in the 80s and 90s. There's a very strong B-Movie, Twilight Zone combined type of feel throughout the film. Very cheesy and over the top at points but it doesn't necessarily ruin the movie. A killer soundtrack and cinematography also aid the movie in creating its very gothic, horror atmosphere. Finally, the movie is anchored by Robert Deniro's tremendous perfect performance as Max Cady, a seriously pissed ex-con.
Rated 30 Jan 2017
58
56th
Wronged citizen seeks restitution from his unprofessional & dishonest lawyer
Rated 18 Oct 2013
85
96th
I think some people don't give Scorsese the credit he deserves because of the unavoidable, but unnecessary comparisons to his more serious gangster dramas. Actually this is a very effective, well crafted thriller with a lot of memorable scenes and performances often balancing on the edge of genius/pure camp.
Rated 11 Nov 2013
3
24th
Strong craftmanship can't save this silly, half-assed thriller. It almost seems like parody, but I haven't seen the original so I can't be sure. De Niro is sometimes entertaining, yet there's a point where his insanity becomes nothing but babbling nonsense, which, coupled with an absurd plot, makes this film very hard to take seriously. Watch The Simpsons episode instead.
Rated 29 Nov 2013
75
42nd
Oh Bobby, you've done it again

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