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Grindhouse Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 26, 2007
Grindhouse is both impressive and disappointing. From a technical and craft point of view it is first-rate; from its standing in the canon of the two directors, it is minor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Schager
Cinematical
April 5, 2007
Rodriguez goes for full-blooded faithfulness, Tarantino goes for genre analysis and reconfiguration, and the results are, ultimately, about as coherent and fulfilling as a typical grindhouse double-feature.
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
January 4, 2008
Each film would have fared better as a 15-minute short.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
April 10, 2007
Rodriguez understood the project the better of the two directors and made the more appropriate of the two films. Tarantino appears to have gotten into making his film and then forgot what he was supposed to be doing.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/10
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 5, 2007
I enjoyed the invented trailers the directors fold into the mix, but despite the jokey 'missing reels,' these two full-length features are each 20 minutes longer than they need to be, and neither one makes much sense as narrative.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
May 2, 2007
The numbness of sitting through nearly two hours of dreck isn't all that kills the momentum going in to Death Proof.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
March 31, 2007
Grindhouse is more homage than reinvention of schlock.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 6, 2007
As much fun as being in a car crash.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 9, 2007
Tarantino must get a kick hearing his fantasies come out of these mouths. But for the first time here, it seems more than a little creepy.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 9, 2007
RR and QT do an excellent job of simulating the content of grindhouse offerings, but they don't simulate the experience or the giddy kick.
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
April 5, 2007
Too bad, but this ambitious, scratched and weathered venture never manages a real death grip on the senses.
| Original Score: 2.75/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
April 15, 2007
A museum installation of crap culture artifacts that is both entirely too much and not nearly enough. The tiresome, self-referential Tarantino has become trapped in his own Jack Rabbit Slim's.
April 6, 2007
An important fact to be noted about "Grindhouse" is this: It's three hours and 11 minutes long. After sitting through the rousing Rodriguez feature that opens the film, and the three hilarious faux trailers that follow (courtesy of guest directors Eli Rot
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
April 29, 2007
A long, blood-splattered stunt of a movie, Grindhouse, may be something only critics and film nerds can love.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jurgen Fauth
About.com
March 31, 2007
Planet Terror is a great bad movie; Death Proof is just plain bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
April 14, 2007
Packaging a three-hour-plus program may be daring, but pairing a long running time with junk-food cinema is enough to make you sick.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 5, 2007
These films are the equivalent of a low-rent, all-you-can-eat smorgasbord. You get a lot of everything, but somewhere along the line you can make yourself sick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
April 8, 2007
The dragging, plodding pace and creative misfire of Tarantino's movie is enough to put a big damper on the sum total of the Rodriguez/Tarantino double feature experiment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
April 8, 2007
A waste of time.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 5, 2007
Too often the films fail to separate what made drive-in shockers good (unapologetic bad taste and an ability to generate excitement on a shoestring) from what made them bad (the kind of self-indulgence that homogenized studio products filtered out.)
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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