WHAT I LIKED: Tonally, few films embody the vision of their respective creators as much as 'Pulp Fiction' does, but this thing just bleeds Tarantino through every single goddamn element. Yes for a start, it's an unsurprisingly bold and self-assured piece of film, but in the same breath it's also a whittingly self-aware one that has an awful lot of fun with itself. That kind of satyrical ego may well be Tarantino's staple, but for me that shines most strongly here as Pulp Fiction establishes its underlying confidence more than most of his other works. That comes from a combination of its genious narrative structure, the confidence of its themes and the work on its characters, but all in all it means that the film is then able to have further fun with itself because the foundations are so well laid. It does this throughout with its genious scenarios and whitt, and the result is a film that will have you grinning from ear-to-ear, yet hooked by the scruff of your neck at the same time.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: That overall confidence may well leave some a little uneasy, and even its greatest admirers can see that the whole thing loves itself just a little too much under the surface.
VERDICT: The very embodiment of Tarantino; 'Pulp Fiction' is sheer, unquestioning genious that enjoys taking one step back to mock its own self-confidence, even if that's still in the knowledge that it's very, very good indeed.