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Pulp Fiction

Weaving together three stories featuring a burger-loving hit man, his philosophical partner and a washed-up boxer, Quentin Tarantino influenced a generation of filmmakers with this crime caper's stylized, over-the-top violence and dark comic spirit.
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Netflix Rating: 4.1
NYT Critics' Pick
Director Quentin Tarantino's linked vignettes about petty hoodlums and their ilk. Shocking, funny and blazingly original. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 95%
Critics' score: 95   Audience score: 95   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

If you smile at David Mamet's dialogue, you'll laugh out loud at the words of Quentin Tarantino. full review

Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune

Tarantino's dialogue, with its densely propulsive, almost lawyerly fervor, its peppery comic blend of literacy and funk, has more snap and fight than most directors' action scenes. full review

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

Tarantino's guilty secret, which the international critics should have noticed, is that his films are cultural hybrids. full review

Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

The way that this picture has been so widely ravened up and drooled over verges on the disgusting. Pulp Fiction nourishes, abets, cultural slumming. full review

Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic

A spectacularly entertaining piece of pop culture. full review

Todd McCarthy, Variety

The overall project is evident: to evict real life and real people from the art film and replace them with generic teases and assorted hommages. Don't expect any of the life experiences of the old movie sources to leak through. full review

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

One of the coolest things about Pulp Fiction is its many links to other pleasures. full review

Entertainment Weekly, Entertainment Weekly

It's the way Tarantino embellishes and, finally, interlinks these old chestnuts that makes the film alternately exhilarating and frustrating. full review

Geoff Andrew, Time Out

A triumphant, cleverly disorienting journey through a demimonde that springs entirely from Mr. Tarantino's ripe imagination, a landscape of danger, shock, hilarity and vibrant local color. full review

Janet Maslin, New York Times

Scintillating. full review

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail

There's a special kick that comes from watching something this thrillingly alive.

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

All the details are executed to perfection. Ironies abound in the smallest situations. full review

James Berardinelli, ReelViews

The experience overall is like laughing down a gun barrel, a little bit tiring, a lot sick and maybe far too perverse for less jaded moviegoers. full review

Rita Kempley, Washington Post

It's the movie equivalent of that rare sort of novel where you find yourself checking to see how many pages are left and hoping there are more, not fewer. full review

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

The movie resurrects not only an aging genre but also a few careers. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

The whole is finally greater than the sum of its pulpy parts.

John Hartl, Film.com

Writer/director Quentin Tarantino demonstrates his encyclopedic grasp of filmmaking by bending, chopping and deconstructing narrative while keeping a groovy beat.

Lucy Mohl, Film.com

Brilliant and brutal, funny and exhilarating, jaw-droppingly cruel and disarmingly sweet. full review

Desson Thomson, Washington Post
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