Get Shorty Reviews

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Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
Way too much to absorb in 2 hours, and it results in a talky, sanitized, often boring, tragicomedy that begins to fade from memory as soon as you leave the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 20, 2005
...it seems clear that Get Shorty will appeal mostly to those familiar with the source material - as it has to be more coherent and fleshed out than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
September 27, 2002
High expectations only led to huge disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Jesse Hassenger
PopMatters
September 24, 2005
Sonnenfeld keeps all of this under two hours by cutting the movie at a dazzling clip.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
I did enjoy the intermittent good parts and Travolta's performance is a delight, but the rest of the movie is a waste.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
For all its winking and nudging and brightly colored sense of delirium, the movie is also strangely flat.
Fred Topel
About.com
July 25, 2003
I really never got into this. It's slow, some industry jokes are funny, but mostly really slow. Rene Russo looks great thoughh.
| Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 30, 2002
"Get Shorty" isn't Quentin Tarantino watered down; it's Elmore Leonard done right.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
One of the pleasures of Get Shorty is watching the way the plot moves effortlessly from crime to the movies - not a long distance, since both industries are based on fear, greed, creativity and intimidation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
While it's quite possible for the cinematically unaware to enjoy this film, this is a real treat for movie buffs. The story is as much about the love of motion pictures as it is about gangsters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Oh, how this picture satisfies.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 7, 2008
An entertaining comedy-thriller adapted by Scott Frank from the Elmore Leonard best-seller and directed with bounce (if not much nuance) by Barry Sonnenfeld.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 3, 2005
It's not an official masterpiece, but like Casablanca, it's a virtually flawless product of the Hollywood machine.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
May 7, 2008
A drolly offbeat look at Hollywood mores dedicated to the proposition that the best preparation for becoming a film producer is a stint in the criminal underworld.
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
January 1, 2000
It's Hollywood happily mocking itself, with stock characters breaking their molds and digs at everything that is the movie business.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002
O nome do jogo é, resumindo, correr até a locadora e pegar este excelente filme, antes que alguém seja mais rápido e chegue primeiro.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 29, 2002
Spunky and very funny screen adaptation of Elmore Leonard's 1990 novel.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 19, 2011
A pleasing satire on gangsters, hustlers and Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
This comic potboiler about gangsters in Hollywood would be a great piece of fun even without Travolta. But as a loan shark from Miami with a charming bedside manner and bigtime movie dreams, he raises the fun quotient into the sublime.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
The result is one of the best movies of the year and by far the most entertaining.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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