Jackie Brown
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Quentin Tarantino wrote and directed this adaptation of Elmore Leonard's 1995 Rum Punch, switching the action from Miami to LA, and altering the central character from white to black. Ruthless arms dealer Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson), who lives with perpetually stoned beach-babe Melanie (Bridget Fonda), teams with his old buddy Louis Gara (Robert De Niro), just released from prison after serving four years for armed robbery. ATF agent Ray Nicolette (Michael Keaton) and cop Mark Dargus (Michael Bowen) bust stewardess Jackie Brown (Pam Grier), who was smuggling money into the country… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"Offers an abundance of pleasures, especially in the realm of characterization and atmosphere."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"While Jackie Brown can be too languid, drifting like one of Melanie's highs, its wearied, over-40 lows reveal Tarantino as a director who, once upon a crime, could've mined complexity and depth from the cracks and crevices of American genre movies."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Succeeds as a witty Elmore Leonard crime story...but also as a surprisingly affecting mid-life romance. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Loaded with all the crisp dialogue, trademark camera work, and memorable characters that we've come to expect from every Tarantino film."
‑ Jason Zingale, Bullz-Eye.com
"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"It's like a scuzz-bucket film noir directed by Stanley Kubrick at his most static-mesmeric."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"A much moodier, slower pace from Tarantino's other work, but Jackie Brown is one enjoyable flick that rewards its audience with each viewing."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"Tarantino's films aren't so much stories as strings of anecdotes: movie moments, urban myths, conversations strewn with pop culture references."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"Consider it a superb Elmore Leonard adaptation by a filmmaker who knows how to serve someone else's material while making it his own."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"The film is more Jarmusch than Peckinpah -- its soul is in the minutiae."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"Tarantino's finest, most mature movie to date."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"might be his best film"
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Mellower Tarantino still has sex, drugs, swearing, murder."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"That this modest crime thriller can't quite live up to its audacious dance across so many strata of hip and hommage and self-referential cool it makes your head spin is hardly a surprise, or even a criticism."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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