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Get Shorty Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
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David Ansen
Newsweek
May 7, 2008
Hollywood has been in love with mobsters since the beginning of movies. But the other side of the equation has seldom been considered. That is, until now.
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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.
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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.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Everything clicks.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
It's part of the joke here that Chili is a die-hard cineaste and loves reminiscing about smart, stylish tough-guy films he has enjoyed. Get Shorty belongs on that list.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
It's Travolta -- smooth, commanding, handsome as ever, a cool, rhythmic bop in his walk -- who owns the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
In the category of amiable diversions it's awfully tough to improve on.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Irresistibly charming.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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USA Today
January 1, 2000
Minor, but amusingly droll.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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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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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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
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 4/4
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Entertainment Weekly
October 20, 1995
Full Review | Original Score: B