Jackie Brown - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Jackie Brown Reviews

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Scene by scene, Jackie Brown is amusing, but after two hours, it seems sluggish, and at that point still has a half-hour to go.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
As an exercise in style, Jackie Brown is a refinement of the innovative elements Tarantino employed in the Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
A surprisingly mediocre movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
For all its enthusiasm, this film isn't sharp enough to afford all the time it wastes on small talk, long drives, trips to the mall and favorite songs played on car radios.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 1, 2000
The flat, self-exposing dud that fate often keeps in store for the initially overpraised.
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Charles Taylor
January 1, 2000
[Tarantino] wanted to give Grier a role worthy of her, and he has. If only he'd given her a movie worthy of her as well.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
[A] surprisingly sluggish Tarantino piece.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
The movie takes 150 minutes to tell what should have been a 90-minute story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
A leisurely and easygoing diversion that goes down easy enough but is far from compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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David Denby
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
Working from an Elmore Leonard novel, Tarantino has created a gangster fiction that is never larger than life and sometimes smaller.
Jason Zingale
August 12, 2010
Loaded with all the crisp dialogue, trademark camera work, and memorable characters that we've come to expect from every Tarantino film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 27, 2005
Those who were waiting to see Quentin Tarantino, a k a the most annoying man in Hollywood, fall flat on his face are likely to be disappointed with Jackie Brown.
| Original Score: A-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
This is the movie that proves Tarantino is the real thing, and not just a two-film wonder boy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
An entertaining diversion, but not a masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 23, 2015
Quentin Tarantino had a lot to live up to with this release and while he has not made a movie that has matched his previous successes, Jackie Brown is still a great film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Todd McCarthy
March 13, 2007
Offers an abundance of pleasures, especially in the realm of characterization and atmosphere.
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
Overall, Tarantino has made an acceptable film, even if it is over two and a half hours long.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/8
Rob Gonsalves
September 24, 2007
Consider it a superb Elmore Leonard adaptation by a filmmaker who knows how to serve someone else's material while making it his own.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
January 29, 2013
While Jackie Brown can be too languid, drifting like one of Melanie's highs, its wearied, over-40 lows reveal Tarantino as a director who, once upon a crime, could've mined complexity and depth from the cracks and crevices of American genre movies.
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 7, 2010
Mellower Tarantino still has sex, drugs, swearing, murder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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