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Death Proof

Death Proof (2007)

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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

Sep 17, 2007

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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.

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

May 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Salon.com
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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.

May 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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By the end of the film, Tarantino delivers on the action with a car chase that will get anyone's engine revving.

March 24, 2014 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

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

January 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
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.

November 3, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

Tarantino's very bloody half of Grindhouse.

December 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comments (3)
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.

August 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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.

July 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

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

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

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

April 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Index.hr

Feels much longer than it is.

February 14, 2008 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Comments (2)
eFilmCritic.com

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.

November 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

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

November 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
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

October 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile | Comments (5)
Urban Cinefile

A tedious, meaninglessly anachronistic project.

October 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
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.

October 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal | Comments (8)
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.

September 29, 2007 Full Review Source: EURWeb | Comments (2)
EURWeb

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

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
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.

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

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.

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source: This is London | Comment (1)
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.

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source: thelondonpaper | Comments (9)
thelondonpaper

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.

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Audience Reviews for Death Proof

Part two of a double-bill review ("Grindhouse") coming to themoviefreakblog.com on 8/2
July 20, 2013
spielberg00

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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.
January 31, 2013
Kase Vollebregt

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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.
January 10, 2013
Eric Alvarez

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While Planet Terror absolutely wallowed in the essence of grindhouse cinema, and had much more action, Death Proof is more reverential and salutory, and captures the spirit of grindhouse much better. Dialogue consumes most of the running time (of the Grindhouse double feature and single film extended version), and while it is very reminiscent of past QT works, and has a lot going for it, it is not as great as the dialogue of works like Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs. Kurt Russell is terrific as Stuntman Mike, and both sets of girls put in decent performances as well, even though some might call them crappy. The way I see it, the film was never planned to be Oscar-worthy, so expecting that kind of thing is asinine. The 4 shot death sequence and the final half hour (extended cut) are the best parts- especially the "ship's mast" and chase sequence finale bits. As always with a Tarantino film, the retro soundtrack is unparalleled in both it's overall brilliance, and in its usage. There are lots of gems that QT picked that would make any collector of obscure retro music have an audio orgasm.

All in all, a fun, though lesser work.
January 6, 2013
cosmo313
Chris Weber

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    1. Abernathy: It's a Prada!
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    1. Earl: I can make goddam sure he don't do it in Texas.
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    1. Stuntman Mike: The alcohol is just a lubricant for the individual for the individual encounters that a bar room offers.
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    1. Stuntman Mike: [catches his breath] Ohhh, ladies that was fun!
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    1. Stuntman Mike: Well damn if you ain't so sweet you make salt taste just like sugar.
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    1. Zoë Bell: I'm okay!
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