• Released
  • October 22, 1999
  • R , 2 hr 2 min
  • Drama
  • 155 Fan Ratings
100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Blazes up constantly with a stunning, off-kilter brilliance, an incandescent force that sometimes explodes the space between us and the screen.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
Potentially oppressive subject matter is redeemed by impeccable moral integrity and stunning artistry.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
To look at Bringing Out the Dead --to look, indeed, at almost any Scorsese film--is to be reminded that film can touch us urgently and deeply.
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90

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Cage, who gives a blazing, imposive performance, uses his haunted eyes to reveal the emotional scars that Frank can't heal.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
It's a slice of life, with all the trimmings, and one of the strongest films of the year.
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
In a role as tailor-made for him as the story is for its writer and director, Nicolas Cage anchors the movie with one of his best performances.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Develops microclimates of mood without fully developing the same shadings of character.
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74

Mr. Showbiz

There's talent to burn in this movie. But the flame is cold.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Ty Burr
Works more in your head than on the screen.
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63

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
While heartfelt and beautifully crafted, Bringing Out the Dead is too freighted with its protagonist's failed savior complex and is surprisingly lacking in primal impact.
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70 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.