• 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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Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

There's cleverness at work...but Tarantino's 154-minute film rambles with nihilist fantasy and pop in-jokes.

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

April 16, 2004
Marc Vincenti
Palo Alto Weekly

This fictional world, though rendered imaginatively, can't sustain the movie.

Full Review Source: Palo Alto Weekly | Original Score: 2/4

May 20, 2003
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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The way that this picture has been so widely ravened up and drooled over verges on the disgusting. Pulp Fiction nourishes, abets, cultural slumming.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

May 27, 2009
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
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
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The movie resurrects not only an aging genre but also a few careers.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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All the details are executed to perfection. Ironies abound in the smallest situations.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

In most cases, the three-act, A-to-B-to-C film formula works just fine. But the letter Q makes the other letters obsolete.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 4/4

January 27, 2006
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
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
Kevin McCarthy
BDK Reviews

Samuel L. Jackson's wallet from the film is sitting in my back pocket right now. Enough said.

| Original Score: 5/5

August 2, 2008
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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A spectacularly entertaining piece of pop culture.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 13, 2007
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org

But what makes the film such wicked fun is the way Tarantino delivers the familiar with a twist. He continually prepares us for one thing and then delivers another.

| Original Score: 10/10

May 19, 2008
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews

A weird collection of inter-connected crime stories peopled by a weirder collection of thugs than Damon Runyan could have imagined on drugs. This is a film with comedy, heavy violence, some terrific dialogue, and a whole lot of entertainment.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: high +2 out of -4..+4

January 1, 2000
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

Pulp Fiction is great American entertainment, a stylish and foxy comedy of errors.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

January 1, 2000
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
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 Medsker
Bullz-Eye.com

A brash, smart, wildly entertaining movie that will be oft imitated but never duplicated.

Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 5/5

July 5, 2005
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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The overall project is evident: to evict real life and real people from the art film and replace them with generic teases and assorted hommages. Don't expect any of the life experiences of the old movie sources to leak through.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 13, 2007
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

How many movies have there been since which have copied this "formula" that are as fresh, energetic, alive and exciting?

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
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