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Outrageously violent, time-twisting, and in love with language, Pulp Fiction was widely considered the most influential American movie of the 1990s. Director and co-screenwriter Quentin Tarantino synthesized such seemingly disparate traditions as the syncopated language of David Mamet; the serious violence of American gangster movies, crime movies, and films noirs mixed up with the wacky violence of cartoons, video games, and Japanese animation; and the fragmented story-telling structures of such experimental classics as Citizen Kane, Rashomon, and La jetée. The Oscar-winning script by… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

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"This movie gets its charge not from action pyrotechnics but from its electric barrage of language, wisecracks and dialogue, from the mordant '70s classicism of its long-take camera style and its smart, offbeat, strangely sexy cast."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Whether you call it razzmatazz, pizazz or sizzle, Pulp Fiction's got it, enough style for a dozen movies and, truth be told, enough story for five."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Pulp Fiction isn't the sleazy work of a shock artist giving us things no one else will put on film. This is the work of someone talented, smart and thrilled to be making movies, giving us things no one else can put on film."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Clever and daring, this high-pitched film never falters. Pulp Fiction is simply masterful. It's also one of the few films this year that bears seeing twice for maximum pleasure."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Seventeen years on, Pulp Fiction still works like a motherfucker"
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"The result, especially in the scenes involving Bruce Willis as a nervy boxer, can be long patches of dialogue that must have tickled Tarantino but will not necessarily resonate for anyone else."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"At 153 minutes, the movie does occasionally flirt with tedium, but the risk is worth it: The whole is finally greater than the sum of its pulpy parts. What could have been an anything-goes pastiche has surprising rigor and narrative clarity."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction is a Saturday Night Fever dream: a hot, dense, wicked disco of tough-guy posturings, vivid dips of violence and literally unbelievable plot moves."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"Its dedicated fan-base and the pop-culture reverberations that have flowed steadily from it, almost 20 years on, echo Tarantino's achievements with Pulp Fiction. Unassailable filmmaking."
‑ Patrick Kolan, Shotgun Critic
"A balls-out postmodern comedy par excellence. It's a Royale with Cheese. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"The talk is dirty and funny, the violence always waiting just around the corner."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"In terms of mood and style, it could be the most influential film to come along since Blue Velvet."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson are terrific as talkative hit men, and Bruce Willis is equally good as a boxer who refuses to throw a fight."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Some of its strengths still impress. There's the trivial-turned-menacing, the gangster-gone-poppy, and the various sadnesses, poignancies, and tragic pointlessnesses that seep out of the best noirs."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Look deeply enough, and the universe emerges in full."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
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