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Pulp Fiction Reviews

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Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
April 16, 2004
There's cleverness at work...but Tarantino's 154-minute film rambles with nihilist fantasy and pop in-jokes.
Marc Vincenti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
This fictional world, though rendered imaginatively, can't sustain the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Derek Malcolm
January 1, 2000
Pulp Fiction has most of the virtues of its genre except that peculiar passion that invariably lies behind the best of them. Because of that, it can often seem both empty and retrograde.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
May 27, 2009
The way that this picture has been so widely ravened up and drooled over verges on the disgusting. Pulp Fiction nourishes, abets, cultural slumming.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
May 15, 2013
The result, especially in the scenes involving Bruce Willis as a nervy boxer, can be long patches of dialogue that must have tickled Tarantino but will not necessarily resonate for anyone else.
David Baron
January 1, 2000
A 2 1/2 -hour tour-de-force of personal style that (with the help of an extraordinary cast) creates more memorable characters than any other movie this year.
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 15, 2013
Clever and daring, this high-pitched film never falters. Pulp Fiction is simply masterful. It's also one of the few films this year that bears seeing twice for maximum pleasure.
May 29, 2014
Back in 1994, I was a rookie young reviewer cutting my teeth and slowly losing the will to live watching the bloated Hollywood fare of Forrest Gump, The Flintstones and Lassie. Then, along came Pulp Fiction, swaggering with cool and bending all the rules.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
October 7, 2016
It's full of perfect Tarantino moments, with meta references, B-movie sleaze and a sheer sense of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie resurrects not only an aging genre but also a few careers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
All the details are executed to perfection. Ironies abound in the smallest situations.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
January 27, 2006
In most cases, the three-act, A-to-B-to-C film formula works just fine. But the letter Q makes the other letters obsolete.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Patrick Kolan
Shotgun Critic
October 16, 2012
Its dedicated fan-base and the pop-culture reverberations that have flowed steadily from it, almost 20 years on, echo Tarantino's achievements with Pulp Fiction. Unassailable filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
May 15, 2013
Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction is a Saturday Night Fever dream: a hot, dense, wicked disco of tough-guy posturings, vivid dips of violence and literally unbelievable plot moves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kevin McCarthy
BDK Reviews
August 2, 2008
Samuel L. Jackson's wallet from the film is sitting in my back pocket right now. Enough said.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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Todd McCarthy
March 13, 2007
A spectacularly entertaining piece of pop culture.
Beth Accomando
May 19, 2008
But what makes the film such wicked fun is the way Tarantino delivers the familiar with a twist. He continually prepares us for one thing and then delivers another.
Read More | Original Score: 10/10
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
A weird collection of inter-connected crime stories peopled by a weirder collection of thugs than Damon Runyan could have imagined on drugs. This is a film with comedy, heavy violence, some terrific dialogue, and a whole lot of entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: high +2 out of -4..+4
Rob Gonsalves
January 1, 2000
Pulp Fiction is great American entertainment, a stylish and foxy comedy of errors.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
May 10, 2012
Some of its strengths still impress. There's the trivial-turned-menacing, the gangster-gone-poppy, and the various sadnesses, poignancies, and tragic pointlessnesses that seep out of the best noirs.
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