PopcornIdeology’s review published on Letterboxd:
I’m not going to lie, I was a little skeptical of this movie. The description looked a little boring, the trailer looked borderline bad, and overall I was unsure about Scorsese’s ability to write a woman character (because it seems sometimes his female characters are one dimensional and a little psychotic). However, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore was brilliant. With a great story, empathetic characters, and unique tone, ADLHA proves to be yet another hidden gem buried deep within Scorsese’s filmography. Usually, Scorsese seems to focus on male violence, greed, and aggression, however in this film it seems his attention was rather focused on how people cope with these characteristics of men. More specifically, Scorsese pinpoints humor as the central foundation of healing and self-improvement. The relationship of mother and son is perfectly examined without really being criticized or judged. Simultaneously, communication (or the lack there of) seems to play an integral role in not only the story’s progression, but also in the themes of self-improvement, family devotion, and overall survival. The only real issue I have with the film is still Scorsese’s questionable portrayal of females (in this case Alice). He introduces the idea of her being an independent and liberated when she is left alone with her son, then shows Alice slowly becoming reliant and dependent on men. Scorsese even has Alice realize this, but by the end still has her go with the man, leaving sort of a questionable message in the film. One that makes sense with the character but in the broader context of the film’s themes sort of seems counterintuitive.
8.8 / 10