• R, 2 hr. 34 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Quentin Tarantino
    In Theaters:
    Sep 23, 1994 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 19, 1998
  • Miramax Films

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Pulp Fiction Reviews

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

May 15, 2013
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

May 15, 2013
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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The talk is dirty and funny, the violence always waiting just around the corner.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

May 15, 2013
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

May 15, 2013
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

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 Source: Philadelphia Daily News | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 15, 2013
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 15, 2013
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

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 Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 15, 2013
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

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 Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: 3/4

May 15, 2013
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

May 15, 2013
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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In terms of mood and style, it could be the most influential film to come along since Blue Velvet.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 5/5

May 15, 2013
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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If you smile at David Mamet's dialogue, you'll laugh out loud at the words of Quentin Tarantino.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

January 16, 2013
Patrick Kolan
Shotgun Critic

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 Source: Shotgun Critic | Original Score: 5/5

October 16, 2012
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

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.

Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

May 10, 2012
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Seventeen years on, Pulp Fiction still works like a motherfucker

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 4/4

November 13, 2011
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 4/4

October 19, 2011
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

September 7, 2011
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

Look deeply enough, and the universe emerges in full.

Full Review Source: Projection Booth | Original Score: 5/5

April 28, 2011
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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Tarantino's guilty secret, which the international critics should have noticed, is that his films are cultural hybrids.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

March 29, 2011
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

[VIDEO] After reinventing American cinema with his thrilling first film "Reservoir Dogs," Quentin Tarantino delivered an even better one, "Pulp Fiction."

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A+

January 29, 2011
David Ansen
Newsweek
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Just when you thought the last thing the world needed was another violent, self-conscious, hipster homage to film noir, along comes Tarantino to blow away your deja vu.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

July 6, 2010
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