Death Proof


Death Proof (2007)



Critic Consensus: Death Proof may feel somewhat minor in the context of Tarantino's larger filmography, but on its own merits, it packs just enough of a wallop to deliver sufficiently high-octane grindhouse goods.


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In Death Proof -- director Tarantino's take on such peddle-to-the-metal shockers as White Line Fever -- Kurt Russell stars as an engine-revving psychopath who prefers to take out his beautiful victims at 200 mph. Originally released into theaters on a double bill with Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror under the Grindhouse banner, Death Proof finds a group of ladies out on the town pitted against a mysterious figured named Stuntman Mike (Russell), whose vintage automobile has been partially modified to withstand even the most extreme auto collision. Though the maniacal driver himself always comes out relatively unscathed, the same certainly can't be said for the poor young lass in his passenger seat -- or anyone unfortunate enough to be on the road when the urge to kill strikes for that matter. With a list of potential road-kill candidates that includes Rose McGowan, Jordan Ladd, Rosario Dawson, and Vanessa Ferlito, Death Proof takes viewers on an adrenaline-infused drive that's as sexy as it is shocking. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Kurt Russell
as Stuntman Mike
Rosario Dawson
as Abernathy
Michael Parks
as Earl McGraw
James Parks
as Edgar McGraw
Monica Staggs
as Lanna Frank
Marta Mendoza
as Punky Bruiser
Martha Mendoza
as Punky Bruiser
Melissa Arcaro
as Venus Envy
Marley Shelton
as Dr Dakota Block "McGraw"
Nicky Katt
as Counter Guy
Electra Avellan
as Babysister Twin 1
Elise Avellan
as Babysitter Twin 2
Kelley Robins
as Laquanda
Eurlyne Epper
as Lanna Frank Friend 1
Jamie L. Dunno
as Lanna Frank Friend 2
Charlene Dlabaj
as Shanna Double
Quentin Tarantino
as Warren, Warren the Bartender
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Critic Reviews for Death Proof

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (4)

A horror-comic splatterfest set in 2007, but somehow filmed in 1972, about a posse of women taking revenge on a murderous, misogynist stunt-driver.

Sep 21, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Smart attention is paid to some interesting tensions between old and new in areas as varied as pop culture, photography, effects work, automobile construction, telephony and audio recording technology.

Sep 21, 2007 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

Much of this material is terrific in purely cinematic terms; one of Tarantino's saving graces as a filmmaker is his often surprising capacity for contemplative moments and patches of plotlessness.

May 23, 2007

Although overall impact of Tarantino's homage to chick-driven actioners and auto demolition derbies remains about the same, pic's second half, in particular, benefits from the further detailing it's now received.

May 23, 2007
Top Critic

A mindless action film meant solely for Tarantino fans.

Feb 25, 2017 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

By the end of the film, Tarantino delivers on the action with a car chase that will get anyone's engine revving.

Mar 24, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Death Proof

A delightful homage to exploitation films of the '70s, and it is especially amusing thanks to the way it mixes the visual elements of those movies with modern ones, but Tarantino gives in once again to his narcissistic self-indulgences in endless, tiresome exchanges of dialogue.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Tarantino's exercise in slasher-type thriller is almost hypnotic in its first half, but really seems to lose its touch as it goes on. Kurt Russell is great in the lead role, even if his creepy allure is lost in the films' final third. Satisfyingly thrilling and cleverly shot, 'Death Proof' may be one of Tarantino's weaker films, but it's still a terrific ride. A great ode to grindhouse cinema and italian slashers.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer

Combined with Planet Terror, it makes for a cool film. I would have to say that I liked this one more (maybe my Tarantino bias) because the events in the movie could actually happen in real life. I guess i'm a sucker for realism.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer


While Planet Terror absolutely wallowed in the essence of grindhouse cinema, and had much more action, Death Proof is more reverential and salutory, and captures the spirit of grindhouse much better. Dialogue consumes most of the running time (of the Grindhouse double feature and single film extended version), and while it is very reminiscent of past QT works, and has a lot going for it, it is not as great as the dialogue of works like Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs. Kurt Russell is terrific as Stuntman Mike, and both sets of girls put in decent performances as well, even though some might call them crappy. The way I see it, the film was never planned to be Oscar-worthy, so expecting that kind of thing is asinine. The 4 shot death sequence and the final half hour (extended cut) are the best parts- especially the "ship's mast" and chase sequence finale bits. As always with a Tarantino film, the retro soundtrack is unparalleled in both it's overall brilliance, and in its usage. There are lots of gems that QT picked that would make any collector of obscure retro music have an audio orgasm. All in all, a fun, though lesser work.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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