TIME hated the movie when it came out (“thoroughly depressing realism” was the best it could say). But Robert DeNiro’s portrait of that increasingly familiar American figure—the lone (psycho) gunman—grows ever scarier and more relevant. The movie’s great twist, in which he becomes a media hero, also engenders deep, dark thoughts about the world we live in. The power of Scorsese’s filmmaking grows ever more punishing with the passage of time.
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