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Pulp Fiction (1994)

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Average Rating: 9/10
Reviews Counted: 71
Fresh: 67 | Rotten: 4

One of the most influential films of the 1990s, Pulp Fiction is a delirious post-modern mix of neo-noir thrills, pitch-black humor, and pop-culture touchstones.

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Average Rating: 8.4/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 2

One of the most influential films of the 1990s, Pulp Fiction is a delirious post-modern mix of neo-noir thrills, pitch-black humor, and pop-culture touchstones.

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Outrageously violent, time-twisting, and in love with language, Pulp Fiction was widely considered the most influential American movie of the 1990s. Director and co-screenwriter Quentin Tarantino synthesized such seemingly disparate traditions as the syncopated language of David Mamet; the serious violence of American gangster movies, crime movies, and films noirs mixed up with the wacky violence of cartoons, video games, and Japanese animation; and the fragmented story-telling structures of

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Quentin Tarantino

May 19, 1998

$107.9M

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This movie gets its charge not from action pyrotechnics but from its electric barrage of language, wisecracks and dialogue, from the mordant '70s classicism of its long-take camera style and its smart, offbeat, strangely sexy cast.

May 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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The result, especially in the scenes involving Bruce Willis as a nervy boxer, can be long patches of dialogue that must have tickled Tarantino but will not necessarily resonate for anyone else.

May 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The talk is dirty and funny, the violence always waiting just around the corner.

May 15, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Whether you call it razzmatazz, pizazz or sizzle, Pulp Fiction's got it, enough style for a dozen movies and, truth be told, enough story for five.

May 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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At 153 minutes, the movie does occasionally flirt with tedium, but the risk is worth it: The whole is finally greater than the sum of its pulpy parts. What could have been an anything-goes pastiche has surprising rigor and narrative clarity.

May 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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In terms of mood and style, it could be the most influential film to come along since Blue Velvet.

May 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Back in 1994, I was a rookie young reviewer cutting my teeth and slowly losing the will to live watching the bloated Hollywood fare of Forrest Gump, The Flintstones and Lassie. Then, along came Pulp Fiction, swaggering with cool and bending all the rules.

May 29, 2014 Full Review Source: UTV

Unmissable.

May 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Now where did we put our gold watch?

May 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Pulp Fiction isn't the sleazy work of a shock artist giving us things no one else will put on film. This is the work of someone talented, smart and thrilled to be making movies, giving us things no one else can put on film.

May 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction is a Saturday Night Fever dream: a hot, dense, wicked disco of tough-guy posturings, vivid dips of violence and literally unbelievable plot moves.

May 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson are terrific as talkative hit men, and Bruce Willis is equally good as a boxer who refuses to throw a fight.

May 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Clever and daring, this high-pitched film never falters. Pulp Fiction is simply masterful. It's also one of the few films this year that bears seeing twice for maximum pleasure.

May 15, 2013 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Its dedicated fan-base and the pop-culture reverberations that have flowed steadily from it, almost 20 years on, echo Tarantino's achievements with Pulp Fiction. Unassailable filmmaking.

October 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Shotgun Critic
Shotgun Critic

Some of its strengths still impress. There's the trivial-turned-menacing, the gangster-gone-poppy, and the various sadnesses, poignancies, and tragic pointlessnesses that seep out of the best noirs.

May 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Seventeen years on, Pulp Fiction still works like a motherfucker

November 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Comments (2)
Film Freak Central

A balls-out postmodern comedy par excellence. It's a Royale with Cheese. [Blu-ray]

October 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Look deeply enough, and the universe emerges in full.

April 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
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Audience Reviews for Pulp Fiction

Pulp Fiction skillfully blends the stories of Jules and Vincent, a pair of wise cracking hit-men and their stash of unidentified merchandise, Marsellus Wallace the criminal kingpin they work for, his coke snorting wife Mia, scheming prizefighter Butch Coolidge who double crosses him and a pair of small-time hold up artists. Upon the success of Reservoir Dogs, opinion was heavily divided as to Quentin's merit as a film maker, many condemning him as nothing more than a plagiarist passing off the ideas of better film makers as his own. Pulp Fiction silenced these critics and scooped the Palm d'Or at Cannes and by rights should have won best picture at the Oscars of that year. As you can probably tell, there is enough material here to make three films, but Tarantino's brilliantly economical script (hard) boils the constituent elements into a brilliant homage to exploitation flicks through the decades. The disjointed timeline works magnificently and the film constantly surprises on first viewing and consistently entertains thereafter. Many speak of memorable scenes and memorable lines from certain films, but EVERY scene, EVERY character and nearly every line in this film has become iconic. It boasts an unequalled ensemble cast of the coolest of the cool actors, a similarly iconic soundtrack and it captured the imagination of an entire generation. This film is, and always will be, entrenched in my top ten favourite films of all time.
January 8, 2014
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As eternally transfixing as Marsellus Wallace's luminous suitcase.

Full review coming to themoviefreakblog.com on 5/18
May 16, 2013
spielberg00

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Groundbreaking monologue, fantastic blend of violence & humor, as well as a stylized vision builds this film to be one of the best motion pictures of its decade. Pulp Fiction is arguably one the greatest films by Quentin Tarantino and the history of cinema. 4.5/5
December 28, 2012
Eugene Bernabe

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I get asked often what my favorite movie is and the answer is always the same, "Pulp Fiction". The first time I saw this I was 17 years old and asked my parents what "Reservoir Dogs" was about because I heard that the "Du Hast" video by Rammstein was based on that movie. They told me about it, and it sounded amazing. So I went up to broadway video(only Paris people will remember that glorious video store) and rented "Dogs" and "Pulp Fiction" on VHS. I didn't know if I would watch "Fiction" or not, but I saw the same guy directed both, so I figured I would check it out just in case. I watched "Dogs" and was in love and as soon as it ended I popped "Fiction" in. From the opening scene I knew I was watching something special, something amazing, and a movie that I would never forget. I watched it again the next day(something I rarely ever do), and then a few days later I bought them both on DVD(all I had was a PS2 and didn't use it very much). I have watched "Fiction" countless times since and have the entire movie basically memorized. I've boughtt it again on a 2 disc DVD and then last year I bout it on blu ray. Last night was the first time I got around to watching it on Blu Ray, and my god the movie pops and comes to life like I hadn't seen. From the color of Vincent's car to the sweat on Jules head it just make this feel like a new movie. It had been a couple years since I just sat down and watched this all the way through, and the movie still feels insanely fresh, innovative, and special. I was still on the edge when Mia gets her adrenaline shot. I was still shocked when Zed brings out the gimp and I still laughed at how crazy Honey Bunny gets after being so damn sweet. This movie is an extreme movie as you either love it or hate it(I know people that are on both sides), and I absolutely love it. If rotten tomatoes would let me I'd give it 10 stars, because no other movie comes close to giving the amazing experience that "Pulp Fiction" is able to give. I've introduced this movie to quite a few people and it's a movie that when Grant comes of age, I can't wait to show him. If you have never seen this, this I strongly, strongly recommend you rent/download/borrow a copy, set aside 3 hours and just prepare to get your mind blown. If you have seen this, this go back and watch again. This movie gets better with age, better with each showing, and I seriously doubt I will ever find a movie better. "Pulp Fiction" is my all time favorite movie, and if you don't like it then you are a *draws an imaginary square Mia Wallace style*.
December 23, 2012
Everett Johnson

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    1. Mia Wallace: Why do we feel it's necessary to yak about bullshit in order to be comfortable?
    2. Vincent Vega: I don't know. That's a good question.
    3. Mia Wallace: That's when you know you've found somebody special. When you can just shut the fuck up for a minute and comfortably enjoy the silence.
    – Submitted by Jesse H (9 days ago)
    1. Mia Wallace: I said Goddamn!
    – Submitted by Andra C (38 days ago)
    1. Jules Winnfield: Does he look like a bitch?
    2. Brett: No!
    3. Jules Winnfield: Then why are you trying to fuck him like a bitch?
    – Submitted by Matthew D (4 months ago)
    1. Vincent Vega: Aw, man. I shot Marvin in the face.
    2. Jules Winnfield: Why the fuck did you do that?
    – Submitted by Matthew D (4 months ago)
    1. Vincent Vega: Marvin, what do you make of all of this?
    2. Marvin: Man, I don't even have an opinion.
    – Submitted by Matthew D (4 months ago)
    1. Paul: Hey, man, my name's Paul, and that shit's between y'all.
    – Submitted by Jesse H (4 months ago)
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