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Grindhouse Reviews

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David Fear
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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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
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 9, 2007
The whole thing runs a bit over three hours, goes by swiftly, contains countless film references and includes hilarious fake trailers.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 9, 2007
A rowdy jolt of quasi-nostalgic escapism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
April 9, 2007
Shocking gore. Excessive violence. Gratuitous nudity. Exploding pustules. Hey, maybe your childhood was different than mine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
April 9, 2007
A weaponized adrenaline rush.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
April 9, 2007
Go, I say, and enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
April 9, 2007
A mixed-bag of a popcorn flick where more proves to be less.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 9, 2007
If it stops feeling like entertainment, then it must be art.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
April 9, 2007
At three hours, the movie can become a bit of an ordeal. I'd say pack a lunch, but if Rodriguez and Tarantino have done their job right, you'll be too grossed out to eat it.
| Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 9, 2007
One word, however, comes immediately to mind: Fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Matt Weitz
Dallas Morning News
April 9, 2007
Like the old drive-in speakers that you used to hang on your half-lowered car windows, it may not be the best way to experience the medium. But if your head's in the right place, it can be a heckuva lot of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
April 9, 2007
Taken as a whole -- two movies and a handful of trailers -- Grindhouse is pure popcorn fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
April 9, 2007
Tarantino and Rodriguez assume that we'll relish the movie's violence or shrug it off as play, as they do, but not everyone in the audience will want his enjoyment of it taken for granted that way.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 9, 2007
The fun is in the one-thing-after-another delirium the movie induces, and in our breathless anticipation of what they'll hurl at us next.
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
April 7, 2007
The dynamic duo do their utmost to transport us back to the good old bad old days.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
April 7, 2007
Grindhouse contains thrills to keep viewers in their seats, plus moments to think about on the ride home, which will probably seem unusually fraught with peril.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
April 7, 2007
Love it or hate it, you sure get your money's worth.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
April 7, 2007
As the best trash movies always reminded us, the art is in what you do with the old ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 7, 2007
Depending on your point-of-view, this is either a nostalgic stroll through a cheesy slice of American pop culture or an attempt to provide a tongue-in-cheek reinvigoration of it. Most likely, it's a little of both.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
April 7, 2007
You don't need to be an exploitation fanboy to appreciate the energy, imagination, and spirit with which Rodriguez and Tarantino pay homage to the cheapo cinema they love.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 7, 2007
The Rodriguez segment is terrific and shows a director in complete control of tone, image and story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 6, 2007
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 6, 2007
Grindhouse is soaked in bloody nostalgia for the cheesy, disreputable pleasures of an older form of movie entertainment.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 5, 2007
A fun exercise in nostalgia.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 5, 2007
By the time Fergie is dismembered by zombies, you know you're in good hands. She tastes Fergalicious, I'm guessing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
April 5, 2007
Even if it's all an aesthetic exercise, it's an indulgence you don't regret.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dennis Lim
Los Angeles Times
April 5, 2007
Setting aside the dubious coherence and suspect nostalgia of the enterprise, Grindhouse is a fascinating exercise in genre reinvention, a showcase for two radically different approaches to homage.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
April 5, 2007
Tarantino and Rodriguez are telling us something about what turned them on at the movies back when the thrills were as cheap as the tickets (and before Hollywood started making steroidal versions of grindhouse movies with A-list stars).
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 5, 2007
Grindhouse is insider fun when Rodriguez is in charge and regrettable trash when Tarantino takes over.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 5, 2007
It summons the most crackerjack pop charge of any movie with Tarantino's name on it since Pulp Fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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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
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 5, 2007
[Grindhouse] gives dumpster-divers a chance to slum in the antiseptic safety of a multiplex.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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.
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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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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 5, 2007
Quite a deal for $11 -- a veritable smorgasbord of decapitations, impalings, attempted rapes, car chases, explosions, good and bad acting and well-endowed women in very short shorts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
April 5, 2007
So over-the-top, it makes 300 look like a study in minimalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 5, 2007
You go to Grindhouse for the same reasons people went to the original grindhouses primal, visceral action and primal, visceral sex (Wait'll you see how that's handled). Nobody ever went for the acting or 'the art.'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
April 5, 2007
The films are bloody, stupid and buoyant in a kind of infantile way, celebrating mayhem, flesh and gore. Planet Terror is by far the livelier.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 3, 2007
By stooping low without selling out, this babes-and-bullets tour de force gets you high on movies again.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Nathan Lee
Village Voice
April 3, 2007
In paying homage to an obsolete form of movie culture, Grindhouse delivers a dropkick to ours.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 2, 2007
If you've got a taste for blood and three hours to kill, Grindhouse is for you.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
April 2, 2007
The 1970s exploitation movie gropes, bites, kicks, slugs, blasts, smashes and cusses its way back to life in Grindhouse, a 'Rodriguez/Tarantino double feature' that lovingly resurrects a disreputable but cultishly embraced form.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 2, 2007
Like all double bills of the sick, shocking, perverse exploitation movies of old, one is better than the other.