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Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
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Directed By
Martin Scorsese

Written By:
Robert Getchell

Ellen Burstyn, Kris Kristofferson, Diane Ladd, Jodie Foster, Harvey Keitel, Vic Tayback, Billy Green Bush

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Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1975)
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Movie Review by AJ
April 14th, 2006

Oh boy. What a mess. Scorsese's direction is jarring and distracting, and doesn't fit the film at all. While it's true that he sometimes manages to capture Ellen Burstyn's raw emotion, most of the time is just comes across as sloppy and far too simple-minded. There are no layers to Burstyn's title character, and though the film sports authentic settings and locales, everything here is torn to pieces by Scorsese who, for once, has no idea at all as to what he's trying to do. The previous year he had made the unforgettable urban masterpiece Mean Streets, and it was soaked in grit and glowed with the shine of an insider's knowledge of the streets and the city. Unfortunately, it seems that Scorsese has no inkling as to what life is like in the south, and if screenwriter Robert Getchell does, he makes a mistake by simplifying every character in the screenplay. Yes, it's realistic, and yes, I appreciate the unconventonal ending, but the road that the characters take to get there is of the one-way, dead end variety in terms of depth.

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