Pulp Fiction Reviews

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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
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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
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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
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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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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
March 29, 2011
Tarantino's guilty secret, which the international critics should have noticed, is that his films are cultural hybrids.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
July 6, 2010
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.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
May 27, 2009
The way that this picture has been so widely ravened up and drooled over verges on the disgusting. Pulp Fiction nourishes, abets, cultural slumming.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 13, 2007
A spectacularly entertaining piece of pop culture.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 13, 2007
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.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
It's the way Tarantino embellishes and, finally, interlinks these old chestnuts that makes the film alternately exhilarating and frustrating.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
A triumphant, cleverly disorienting journey through a demimonde that springs entirely from Mr. Tarantino's ripe imagination, a landscape of danger, shock, hilarity and vibrant local color.
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
October 15, 2002
Tarantino's lined up a fine cast to play his assorted snotwads, grimeballs, sleazoids, small-timers, druggies and bulletheads in this 1990s version of a down-and-dirty 1940s pulp fictioner, the kind Dash Hammett and the boys used to crank out.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
Scintillating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
There's a special kick that comes from watching something this thrillingly alive.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
All the details are executed to perfection. Ironies abound in the smallest situations.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The experience overall is like laughing down a gun barrel, a little bit tiring, a lot sick and maybe far too perverse for less jaded moviegoers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
It's the movie equivalent of that rare sort of novel where you find yourself checking to see how many pages are left and hoping there are more, not fewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie resurrects not only an aging genre but also a few careers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Lucy Mohl
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Writer/director Quentin Tarantino demonstrates his encyclopedic grasp of filmmaking by bending, chopping and deconstructing narrative while keeping a groovy beat.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Brilliant and brutal, funny and exhilarating, jaw-droppingly cruel and disarmingly sweet.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5