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A gangster is looking to get away from crooked deals and double-crossing people but ends up in the movie business anyway in this comic crime story. Chili Palmer (John Travolta) is a Miami-based loan collector for the mob trying to collect a gambling debt. His assignment takes him to Hollywood to collect money from Harry Zimm (Gene Hackman), a mildly sleazy producer of low-budget horror movies. Although Chili intends to hurt Harry if necessary, he takes a certain liking to him and an even keener interest in Karen (Rene Russo), Harry's girlfriend, whom Chili recognizes from Harry's… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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"Hollywood has been in love with mobsters since the beginning of movies. But the other side of the equation has seldom been considered. That is, until now."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"Everything clicks."
‑ , Time Out
"A pleasing satire on gangsters, hustlers and Hollywood."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A very cool, very fresh, very slick crime flick."
‑ JoBlo, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"It's not an official masterpiece, but like Casablanca, it's a virtually flawless product of the Hollywood machine."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A drolly offbeat look at Hollywood mores dedicated to the proposition that the best preparation for becoming a film producer is a stint in the criminal underworld."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It's part of the joke here that Chili is a die-hard cineaste and loves reminiscing about smart, stylish tough-guy films he has enjoyed. Get Shorty belongs on that list."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"A freewheeling comedy-thriller with the gift of the gab."
‑ , Film4
"Sonnenfeld keeps all of this under two hours by cutting the movie at a dazzling clip."
‑ Jesse Hassenger, PopMatters
"Released in the shadow of Pulp Fiction, Get Shorty - for all its acclaim - has never received its due as one of the funniest Hollywood films of modern times."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"An entertaining comedy-thriller adapted by Scott Frank from the Elmore Leonard best-seller and directed with bounce (if not much nuance) by Barry Sonnenfeld."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"It's Travolta -- smooth, commanding, handsome as ever, a cool, rhythmic bop in his walk -- who owns the film."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"This Hollywood is the one we want to believe exists: no film school snots here, no MBA's, no dock-worker philosophers-turned-screenwriters. Just a town full of second-rate swindlers where a clear-eyed racketeer can keep his eye on the ball and rise."
‑ Harlan Jacobson, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"...it seems clear that Get Shorty will appeal mostly to those familiar with the source material - as it has to be more coherent and fleshed out than this."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Has more than a few nasty quips directed at Hollywood and the vacuous, egotistical people who populate it."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
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