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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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NYT Critics' Pick
Director Quentin Tarantino's linked vignettes about petty hoodlums and their ilk. Shocking, funny and blazingly original. Read the review
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If you smile at David Mamet's dialogue, you'll laugh out loud at the words of Quentin Tarantino.
Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune  full review
 
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.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly  full review
 
Tarantino's guilty secret, which the international critics should have noticed, is that his films are cultural hybrids.
Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine  full review
 
The way that this picture has been so widely ravened up and drooled over verges on the disgusting. Pulp Fiction nourishes, abets, cultural slumming.
Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic  full review
 
A spectacularly entertaining piece of pop culture.
Todd McCarthy, Variety  full review
 
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.
Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader  full review
 
It's the way Tarantino embellishes and, finally, interlinks these old chestnuts that makes the film alternately exhilarating and frustrating.
Geoff Andrew, Time Out  full review
 
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.
Janet Maslin, New York Times  full review
 
Scintillating.
Rick Groen, Globe and Mail  full review
 
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.
James Berardinelli, ReelViews  full review
 
The movie resurrects not only an aging genre but also a few careers.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
 
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
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