Death Proof Reviews

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Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
September 21, 2007
This blend of girlie action flick with retro car-chase movie scores nought out of 10 for artistic expression but four for amiable delinquency.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
September 21, 2007
A horror-comic splatterfest set in 2007, but somehow filmed in 1972, about a posse of women taking revenge on a murderous, misogynist stunt-driver.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
September 21, 2007
Death Proof is an out-and-out dud, a film so profoundly dull, so relentlessly misguided, so criminally self-indulgent you almost feel bad criticising it. It's like kicking a man on crutches.
James Christopher
Times [UK]
September 21, 2007
The appalling dialogue, mostly about the sexual predilections of his half-naked female cast, is so garbled, spotty and tedious that it fails to sell interest in a single character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ben Cobb
Film4
September 21, 2007
No need to buckle up, Death Proof is stuck in the slow lane. Self-indulgent and uninspired, bankrollers Bob and Harvey Weinstein should have reined in Tarantino with a genuine Grindhouse-sized budget.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Mueller
Total Film
September 21, 2007
Now with added lapdance, QT's B-movie homage to cars and girls deploys its cheap thrills with laid-back craft and class. Russell's wicked fun, Bell's a true trooper. Distributors! Can we have Planet Terror now, please?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anna Smith
BBC.com
September 21, 2007
There's plenty of fun to be had with Death Proof, but its imitation of a defunct, low-budget style of movie-making is perhaps too accurate when it comes to the genre's flaws.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
September 21, 2007
A waste of time. A waste of celluloid. A waste of talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Ben Walters
Time Out
September 21, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/6
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
September 21, 2007
Ladies and gentlemen, Quentin Tarantino presents Death Proof: another feature-length gimmick that chokes two screamingly good action sequences in a smog of self-indulgent, self-referential, self-satisfied flatulence.
Damon Wise
Empire Magazine
September 21, 2007
Seriously entertaining American filmmaking and definitely not the half-serious pastiche it could easily have been. No seatbelt, no airbag, no nuthin' - just Tarantino driving wildly under the influence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
September 17, 2007
Death Proof might be a masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
September 17, 2007
If you want to do this material justice... hold off on it until the release of Planet Terror and then watch them both together.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
September 5, 2007
Tarantino has literally lost the plot, foregoing narrative drive for loquacious idling.
James Rocchi
Cinematical
June 4, 2007
What's new in Death Proof? Well, a lot of jibber-jabber. It's Tarantino jibber-jabber -- quick and juicy and deadpan and blunt and baroque -- but it's jibber-jabber nonetheless, minor time-filler between a few moments of twisted-metal glory or twisted-hum
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
May 23, 2007
Despite some benefits in sequences that feature Zoe Bell, the new cut, which is 111 minutes (and not 127 as listed in the program), also brings to the surface weaknesses, resulting in a bloated, self-important picture.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
May 23, 2007
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.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
May 23, 2007
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.
Paul Greenwood
Future Movies UK
October 6, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10

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