True Romance (1993)



Critic 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.

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

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Quentin Tarantino
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On DVD: Sep 30, 1997
Warner Bros.


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Critic Reviews for True Romance

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (11)

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

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
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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


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.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

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