Pulp Fiction Reviews

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Leah Rozen
People Magazine
March 11, 2015
It's hard to imagine any viewer leaving this extravagantly demented, 2 1/2 hour low-life lalapalooza without carrying away at least a few indelible moments.
May 29, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
May 15, 2014
Unmissable.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
James Mottram
Total Film
May 13, 2014
Now where did we put our gold watch?
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
May 15, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
May 15, 2013
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.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
May 15, 2013
The talk is dirty and funny, the violence always waiting just around the corner.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 15, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
May 15, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
May 15, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
May 15, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
May 15, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 15, 2013
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.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 15, 2013
In terms of mood and style, it could be the most influential film to come along since Blue Velvet.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
January 16, 2013
If you smile at David Mamet's dialogue, you'll laugh out loud at the words of Quentin Tarantino.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Patrick Kolan
Shotgun Critic
October 16, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
May 10, 2012
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.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
November 13, 2011
When the dust settles, just as the Coens will ultimately be seen as the canniest literary critics of their generation, Tarantino will be seen as the most perceptive, most instinctive film critic of his.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
October 19, 2011
A balls-out postmodern comedy par excellence. It's a Royale with Cheese. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Tarantino's dialogue, with its densely propulsive, almost lawyerly fervor, its peppery comic blend of literacy and funk, has more snap and fight than most directors' action scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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