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True Romance (1993)


Average Rating: 7.5/10
Reviews Counted: 48
Fresh: 44 | Rotten: 4

Critics Consensus: Fueled by Quentin Tarantino's savvy screenplay and a gallery of oddball performances, Tony Scott's True Romance is a funny and violent action jaunt in the best sense.

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: Fueled by Quentin Tarantino's savvy screenplay and a gallery of oddball performances, Tony Scott's True Romance is a funny and violent action jaunt in the best sense.


Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 189,258



Movie Info

Quentin Tarantino scripted this wild and wooly blend of action and dark comedy, which reached theaters a year before his breakthrough hit Pulp Fiction. Clarence Worley (Christian Slater) is a well-meaning but socially unskilled comic-shop clerk whose idea of a big night out is catching a Sonny Chiba triple-feature at a downtown grindhouse. Clarence is celebrating his birthday in just such a manner when he meets a beautiful girl named Alabama (Patricia Arquette), and it's love at first sight for … More

Drama , Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
Quentin Tarantino
In Theaters:
Sep 30, 1997
Warner Bros.



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Critic Reviews for True Romance

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (4) | DVD (28)

If shoot-'em-up, gobble-'em-down movies like The Fugitive and Jurassic Park are rated PG-13 these days, what does an R-rated action adventure look like? Like True Romance: violent to a fault, glam to the max.

Full Review… | August 16, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Provides some amazing encounters, bravura acting turns and gruesome carnage. But it doesn't add up to enough.

Full Review… | November 19, 2008
Top Critic

If the romance seldom seems 'true', the spiralling violence (script, Quentin Tarantino) does succeed, in a brutish, cod-Jacobean kind of way.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

This film's various outrages are committed unapologetically, and are very much in the service of its bizarre story.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

It's Tarantino's gutter poetry that detonates True Romance. This movie is dynamite.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Sifting through the bloody, pulpy trash of True Romance -- should you care to -- you'll find amusing, smart-alecky nuggets planted by screenwriter Quentin Tarantino.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

The only thing that goes wrong with the movie is Christian Slater... the failure of its central character ends up being an irritation, but not a film-crippling problem.

Full Review… | July 22, 2013
Antagony & Ecstasy

...a pulpy good time that holds up remarkably well two decades after its theatrical release...

Full Review… | January 1, 2013
Reel Film Reviews

...[a] violently funny genre mishmash that gave Tony Scott's new life, and also transmitted Quentin Tarantino's vision more credibly than the screenwriter and then-novice director could have done himself.

Full Review… | August 23, 2012

About as good as contemporary Hollywood movies get.

Full Review… | August 16, 2009
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Such a rush that it's only towards the end that you realise the picture is less than the sum of its impressive parts.

Full Review… | August 16, 2009

A hall of fame guy's movie...[with] a macho '90s ensemble eclipsed only by Glengarry Glen Ross...the monologues--oh, the monologues! [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | June 1, 2009
Groucho Reviews

...a chase picture, a gangster picture, and a wacky, turbulent romance...sort of a Bonnie and Clyde on speed.

Full Review… | May 26, 2009
Movie Metropolis

insanely transcendent

Full Review… | May 20, 2009

My Favorite Movie Of All Time

August 2, 2008
BDK Reviews

Based on an early script from Tarantino, Tony Scott's wild movie is amour fou for youth of the 1990s, a gutsy, violent, often exciting picture likely to divide film critics.

Full Review… | January 9, 2007

like always, Walken owns the movie

Full Review… | April 3, 2006

God I wish I had written this movie.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

A hip, clever and irreverent high-voltage thriller with nary a dull moment.

July 28, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Fast, Fun and Fantastically performed....One hot little movie

May 12, 2005

One of the most dynamic action films of the 1990s.

Full Review… | April 15, 2005
Arizona Daily Star

Overrated, but still quite a bit of fun.

December 23, 2004
Juicy Cerebellum

Bombards the audience with images of blazing guns, brutal beatings, and lots of gushing blood while telling a twisted and entertaining tale.

Full Review… | January 2, 2004

Audience Reviews for True Romance


Written by Quentin Tarantino, and starring some of the best talent in Hollywood today, "True Romance" is just as much a great romance as it is a terrific action thriller. I loved every bit of this film, and the dialogue really is what drives this awesome picture. It may go off the rails a bit for me in the end, with a bit too much action and less substance, but the first half of the film has so much substance, that you can forgive the second half for wanting to be more exciting. I can't see myself wanting more from this film, aside from a few more scenes like we saw in the first 30 minutes, focussing on the romance of the two leads. Those scenes were so well-handled that I felt the need to see so much more of that, but I understand that we eventually had to go on to bigger and better things. If it wasn't for the performances by Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette, I would not have liked this movie as much as I did. Overall, it's a terrific story that is executed by Tony Scott in the best way possible. Highly recommended.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


Increasingly fun, and fearlessly "'90s".

Full review coming to on August 22, 2013.

Alexander Diminiano

Super Reviewer


True Romance is a stellar romantic crime film that is brilliantly directed by Tony Scott with a well written script by Quentin Tarantino. With a great cast of terrific actors, True Romance is a must see crime picture that is sure to delight movie buffs. This is an exhilarating and highly entertaining film from start to finish that illustrates the brilliant direction of Tony Scott and original writing style that has Quentin Tarantino famous. This is one of the best crime films that I have seen, and the cast itself is one that is sure to delight filmgoers everywhere. Every actor here gives something to the film to make it that much better, and the two leads were great as well. There are some darkly humorous parts here and there to compliment the serious tone of the film, and everything works well enough to keep you engaged from start to finish. Over the course of his career Tony Scott has made some great films. Forget Top Gun as being his best, it isn't. This is his strongest effort. I feel that he really became a confident director with this movie, and he felt even more comfortable behind his camera. Top Gun was a decent affair, but quite overrated. But True Romance is his masterwork. This is simply put an effectively well directed picture that has a truly unique, crazy plot with a memorable cast of talented actors. Tony Scott and Quentin Tarantino have created something great here, and it delivers a truly awesome film going experience that you soon won't forget. If you come across True Romance, definitely give it a view, you won't be disappointed. Tony Scott would direct much more exhilarating films in terms of pulse pounding action, but they would also be fairly hit and miss. But with True Romance, he uses the basics of a simple plot, and it makes for a much more convincing and enjoyable movie.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

pulpy, hip, clever, funny and endearing the way 90s cinema was.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

True Romance Quotes

Vincenzo Coccotti: What we are doing is having a game show and tell. You aren't telling me anything, but you're showing me everything.
– Submitted by Brendan C (19 months ago)
Clifford Worley: So if that's a fact tell me... Am I lying?
– Submitted by Brendan C (21 months ago)
Vincenzo Coccotti: I haven't killed anybody...since 1984.
– Submitted by Johnny W (23 months ago)
Floyd - Dick's Roomate: You guy's wanna smoke a bowl or...
– Submitted by Dee W (23 months ago)
Clifford Worley: 'Cause you, you're part eggplant. Vincenzo Coccotti: You're a cantaloupe.
– Submitted by Jayden R (2 years ago)
Alabama Worley: Amid the chaos of that day, when all I could hear was the thunder of gunshots, and all I could smell was the violence in the air, I look back and am amazed that my thoughts were so clear and true, that three words went through my mind endlessly, repeating themselves like a broken record: you're so cool, you're so cool, you're so cool. And sometimes Clarence asks me what I would have done if he had died, if that bullet had been two inches more to the left. To this, I always smile, as if I'm not going to satisfy him with a response. But I always do. I tell him of how I would want to die, but that the anguish and the want of death would fade like the stars at dawn, and that things would be much as they are now. Perhaps. Except maybe I wouldn't have named our son Elvis.
– Submitted by Ryan O (2 years ago)

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