Death Proof

2007

Death Proof

Critics 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.

63%

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Total Count: 41

72%

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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

Cast

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 (41) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (15)

  • Death Proof is superbly made. There's a terrible tension watching these beautiful and spirited young women getting too close to the flame, followed by enormous relief when the mood changes in the second story.

    Nov 17, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The dialogue with which Tarantino is usually adept is disastrously clunky, the filmmaking largely without flair and even the apeing of the smears and scratches of the schlock originals seems ridiculous.

    Sep 21, 2007 | Rating: 1/5
  • 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…
  • The appalling dialogue, mostly about the sexual predilections of his half-naked female cast, is so garbled, spotty and tedious that it fails to sell interest in a single character.

    Sep 21, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • There's plenty of fun to be had with Death Proof, but its imitation of a defunct, low-budget style of movie-making is perhaps too accurate when it comes to the genre's flaws.

    Sep 21, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Anna Smith

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • A waste of time. A waste of celluloid. A waste of talent.

    Sep 21, 2007 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Death Proof

  • Jul 13, 2019
    In the tradition of two-faced, double-dealing, backstabbing this testosterone fueled motor revving only pretends to be "one for the girls" but in reality is another greasy exploitation that panders to the fantasies of underage nerd boys.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 29, 2016
    Hard to review this film as most of the film felt like a teenage road trip movie and then all of a sudden a man comes along and kills them and that's the whole plot until the end when the tables get turned, There's a good car chase and the deaths are pretty gory but it's a very uneven film and should of been so much better.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 19, 2016
    It's a lesser QT film, but it's still pretty damn good. Some of the dialogue is surprisingly lame, and the "grindhouse" visual effects feel a bit forced at times, as though QT doesn't really own this one. But it still easily manages to entertain for the most part. The car chase is superb.
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  • Apr 06, 2015
    The second (better) half of the Grindhouse double feature directed by Quentin Taraninto and featuring an audaciously over-the-top cast of ballsy females, Death Proof is probably Tarantino's weakest films, but even then it's pretty damn good. It serves as a tribute to grainy footage in sleazy, back-alley movie theatres, "real cars smashing into real cars" definitely refering 'crashploitation' cinema such as Richard Sarafian's Vanishing Point and isn't dissimilar to Russ Meyers' Faster, Pussycat Kill! Kill! Regardless of the film's influences and origins, it sure does work and has an amazing soundtrack to boot.
    Harry W Super Reviewer

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