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Jackie Brown

Jackie Brown (Pam Grier) is an aging flight attendant who smuggles cash on the side. But when she's busted and pressured to help with an investigation, she plans to play the opposing forces against each other and walk away with the dough. Director Quentin Tarantino's deft storytelling combines with an all-star cast -- including Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro and Michael Keaton -- in this atmospheric crime caper.
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Netflix Rating: 3.7
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 86%
Critics' score: 86   Audience score: 78   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

This is the movie that proves Tarantino is the real thing, and not just a two-film wonder boy. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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. full review

David Ansen, Newsweek

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. full review

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

The film is more Jarmusch than Peckinpah -- its soul is in the minutiae. full review

Offers an abundance of pleasures, especially in the realm of characterization and atmosphere. full review

Todd McCarthy, Variety

It's like a scuzz-bucket film noir directed by Stanley Kubrick at his most static-mesmeric. full review

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

Working from an Elmore Leonard novel, Tarantino has created a gangster fiction that is never larger than life and sometimes smaller. full review

David Denby, New York Magazine

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

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail

A leisurely and easygoing diversion that goes down easy enough but is far from compelling. full review

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

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

Janet Maslin, New York Times

The flat, self-exposing dud that fate often keeps in store for the initially overpraised.

Stanley Kauffmann, New Republic

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.

Mike Clark, USA Today

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

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

[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. full review

Charles Taylor, Salon.com

A great actor's movie. full review

Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee

An entertaining diversion, but not a masterpiece. full review

James Berardinelli, ReelViews

[A] surprisingly sluggish Tarantino piece. full review

Susan Stark, Detroit News

Turns out that author Elmore Leonard and director Quentin Tarantino are not the odd couple after all.

Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
full review by Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
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