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Kill Bill director Quentin Tarantino and Sin City director Robert Rodriguez join forces to offer a cinematic tribute to the blood-soaked exploitation epics of yesteryear with this hyper-violent coupling of two full-length features punctuated by a collection of outrageous trailers. The first segment, directed by Rodriguez and entitled Planet Terror, details the violent struggle between a ravenous army of zombie-like humanoids who have taken control of the planet and the remaining survivors who refuse to go down without a fight. Freddy Rodriguez, Naveen Andrews, and Rose McGowan headline a cast… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Grindhouse is both impressive and disappointing. From a technical and craft point of view it is first-rate; from its standing in the canon of the two directors, it is minor."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Shocking gore. Excessive violence. Gratuitous nudity. Exploding pustules. Hey, maybe your childhood was different than mine."
‑ Mark Rahner, Seattle Times
"Not just a movie but an event in its own right, Grindhouse is simply unmissable in its complete form."
‑ Ali Gray,
"Delivers all the trashy, seat-squirming, eye-covering moments your fiercely racing heart craves. Forget about "guilty pleasures." Call it a pleasure, and leave it at that."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, DCist
"As amusing as the concept is, the actual result is a considerable disappointment - a high-tech forgery that lacks the disreputable charm of its models, which were made without the self-conscious affectation on display here."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"The whole thing runs a bit over three hours, goes by swiftly, contains countless film references and includes hilarious fake trailers."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"A weaponized adrenaline rush."
‑ Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News
"A paean to the exploitation films of the 70s, built more for titillation than story-telling, Grindhouse - especially the Rodriguez sequence - is nearly impossibly silly, not necessarily a bad thing, and is certainly not for everyone."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"Half smirk, half transcendence"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Hopefully Rodriguez and Tarantino will make more of these."
‑ Lucius Gore, ESplatter
"A rowdy jolt of quasi-nostalgic escapism."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"RR and QT do an excellent job of simulating the content of grindhouse offerings, but they don't simulate the experience or the giddy kick."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Grindhouse is a great experience, packed with fun, thrills, chills and gore galore."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"This is a movie theater experience. It needs to be seen at night, with a big screen and lots of friends."
‑ Jeff Bayer, The Scorecard Review
"A mediocre attempt to play with exploitation fire without getting burned. A pair of anti-septic fakes that miss the entire point of exploitation."
‑ Brian Holcomb, Beyond Hollywood
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