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Death Proof (2007)

Death Proof


Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 39
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 13

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Average Rating: N/A
Critic Reviews: 3
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 0

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Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 287,157


Movie Info

In Death Proof -- director Tarantino's take on such peddle-to-the-metal shockers as White Line Fever -- Kurt Russell stars as an engine-revving psychopath who prefers to take out his beautiful victims at 200 mph. Originally released into theaters on a double bill with Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror under the Grindhouse banner, Death Proof finds a group of ladies out on the town pitted against a mysterious figured named Stuntman Mike (Russell), whose vintage automobile has been partially … More

R (for strong graphic bloody violence and gore, pervasive language, some sexuality, nudity and drug use)
Action & Adventure , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
Quentin Tarantino
In Theaters:
Sep 17, 2007
The Weinstein Co./Dimension - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for Death Proof

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (13) | DVD (28)

Smart attention is paid to some interesting tensions between old and new in areas as varied as pop culture, photography, effects work, automobile construction, telephony and audio recording technology.

Full Review… | September 21, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Much of this material is terrific in purely cinematic terms; one of Tarantino's saving graces as a filmmaker is his often surprising capacity for contemplative moments and patches of plotlessness.

Full Review… | May 23, 2007
Top Critic

Although overall impact of Tarantino's homage to chick-driven actioners and auto demolition derbies remains about the same, pic's second half, in particular, benefits from the further detailing it's now received.

Full Review… | May 23, 2007
Top Critic

By the end of the film, Tarantino delivers on the action with a car chase that will get anyone's engine revving.

Full Review… | March 24, 2014
7M Pictures

Death Proof doesn't simply comment on its genre inspirations - it adds to their very legacy.

Full Review… | January 20, 2013
Projection Booth

As an anomaly, a curio, even as half a movie, it's a winner. As a stand-alone feature, it struggles to stand up to close scrutiny.

Full Review… | November 3, 2012

Tarantino's very bloody half of Grindhouse.

Full Review… | December 14, 2010
Common Sense Media

Freed from the constraints of the Grindhouse package, Death Proof can now spread out, find its proper rhythms, and emerge as another excellent Tarantino classic.

Full Review… | August 16, 2010
Combustible Celluloid

A comprovação de que, nas mãos de um diretor que conhece a fundo a técnica e a história do Cinema, até mesmo um exercício de estilo sem grandes ambições pode representar uma experiência apaixonante para quem ama e respeita a Sétima Arte.

Full Review… | July 17, 2010
Cinema em Cena

Clearly the work of somebody who has ingested Carol J. Clover's Men, Women, and Chainsaws, yet it is also more

Full Review… | August 27, 2009

"raja" koja voli Tarantina %u0107e imati itekako razloga da mu oprosti ovaj eksperiment.

Full Review… | April 10, 2008

Feels much longer than it is.

Full Review… | February 14, 2008

Death Proof is superbly made. There's a terrible tension watching these beautiful and spirited young women getting too close to the flame, followed by enormous relief when the mood changes in the second story.

Full Review… | November 17, 2007
Sydney Morning Herald

A well-controlled buildup of expectations, suspense, and character contrast.

Full Review… | November 5, 2007
Window to the Movies

The problem for Tarantino in Death Proof is that the girl talk that occupies so much of the running time is anything but true to the culture 50 years ago. The setting is contempo, but the movie style is period

Full Review… | October 27, 2007
Urban Cinefile

A tedious, meaninglessly anachronistic project.

Full Review… | October 6, 2007
Observer [UK]

I've rarely seen a filmmaker, in current Hollywood at least, expose his sexual and sadistic kinks on screen with such shameless glee.

Full Review… | October 6, 2007
Montreal Film Journal

Deliberately designed to look like a low-grade B-flick from the Fifties, this slasher adventure from Quentin Tarantino is a guaranteed treat for that rare film fan nostalgic about the worst era in cinema.

Full Review… | September 29, 2007

While playing by the rules--scantily clad women, sudden brutality, straightforward narrative--he also gleefully subverts the genre to keep us thoroughly entertained.

Full Review… | September 21, 2007
Shadows on the Wall

Tarantino has a blast with this affectionate nod to '70s exploitation flicks, but the dialogue isn't as good as it should have been.

Full Review… | September 21, 2007

The dialogue with which Tarantino is usually adept is disastrously clunky, the filmmaking largely without flair and even the apeing of the smears and scratches of the schlock originals seems ridiculous.

Full Review… | September 21, 2007
This is London

Next to Kill Bill, this is only 50 per cent proof, but the last car chase will have you hanging on for dear life.

Full Review… | September 21, 2007

With its scratchy print, jerky editing and retro title sequence, Quentin Tarantino's fifth film bends over backwards to establish its Seventies sexploitation-flick credentials.

Full Review… | September 21, 2007

Audience Reviews for Death Proof


I just want to start this review by saying I sometimes really hate Tarantino. He thieves others ideas and claims them to be his own. His ego is as big as his forehead and if he went fishing he would probably cast himself. I really hate his cameos in his own films, he can't act to save his life, he can be a real Hitch cock!
I also hate the way people act in his films now. Ever since the scene in the cafe at the beginning of reservoir dogs, everyone in his films acts the same and they read out his scripts like he would, even though no one else sounds as boring and stupid as he does.

So...I was quite surprised when I watched Death Proof and found that i loved it! It had the feeling of the 70's exploitation film about it that he sought after, as much as i hate him, he knows his stuff. Death Proof turns out to be everything Jackie Brown wasn't. I liked the calm scenes in between the action, in fact, i preferred them. If the two films Vanishing point and Maniac had sex, Death proof would be their child.
I really wanted to hate this one but I have to admit, love it!

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer


Part two of a double-bill review ("Grindhouse") coming to on 8/2

Alexander Diminiano

Super Reviewer

Tarantino's exercise in slasher-type thriller is almost hypnotic in its first half, but really seems to lose its touch as it goes on. Kurt Russell is great in the lead role, even if his creepy allure is lost in the films' final third. Satisfyingly thrilling and cleverly shot, 'Death Proof' may be one of Tarantino's weaker films, but it's still a terrific ride. A great ode to grindhouse cinema and italian slashers.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer

Combined with Planet Terror, it makes for a cool film. I would have to say that I liked this one more (maybe my Tarantino bias) because the events in the movie could actually happen in real life. I guess i'm a sucker for realism.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

Death Proof Quotes

Abernathy: It's a Prada!
– Submitted by Victor M (13 months ago)
Earl: I can make goddam sure he don't do it in Texas.
– Submitted by Victor M (13 months ago)
Stuntman Mike: The alcohol is just a lubricant for the individual for the individual encounters that a bar room offers.
– Submitted by Victor M (13 months ago)
Stuntman Mike: [catches his breath] Ohhh, ladies that was fun!
– Submitted by Jacob S (2 years ago)
Stuntman Mike: Well damn if you ain't so sweet you make salt taste just like sugar.
– Submitted by Gregoire B (2 years ago)
Zoë Bell: I'm okay!
– Submitted by redwan a (2 years ago)

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