Jackie Brown Reviews

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
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David Ansen
Newsweek
March 13, 2007
The tale is filled with funny, gritty Tarantino lowlife gab and a respectable body count, but what is most striking is the film's gallantry and sweetness.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 13, 2007
Quentin Tarantino puts together a fairly intricate and relatively uninvolving money-smuggling plot, but his cast is so good that you probably won't feel cheated.
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March 13, 2007
The film is more Jarmusch than Peckinpah -- its soul is in the minutiae.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 13, 2007
Offers an abundance of pleasures, especially in the realm of characterization and atmosphere.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 27, 2007
It's like a scuzz-bucket film noir directed by Stanley Kubrick at his most static-mesmeric.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Tarantino's finest, most mature movie to date.
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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.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
Beyond the grasp of most directors, this is tour de force stuff -- definitely meriting the price of admission and almost worth the three-year wait.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Turns out that author Elmore Leonard and director Quentin Tarantino are not the odd couple after all.
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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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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Between Jackson's opining and De Niro's hopeless alibis when he messes up, Jackie is good for a bundle of bloody ho-ho-hos.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
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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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
An entertaining diversion, but not a masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
[A] surprisingly sluggish Tarantino piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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