True Romance
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Quentin Tarantino scripted this wild and wooly blend of action and dark comedy, which reached theaters a year before his breakthrough hit Pulp Fiction. Clarence Worley (Christian Slater) is a well-meaning but socially unskilled comic-shop clerk whose idea of a big night out is catching a Sonny Chiba triple-feature at a downtown grindhouse. Clarence is celebrating his birthday in just such a manner when he meets a beautiful girl named Alabama (Patricia Arquette), and it's love at first sight for both of them. Clarence's enthusiasm isn't dampened much when he discovers Alabama is… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

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"If shoot-'em-up, gobble-'em-down movies like The Fugitive and Jurassic Park are rated PG-13 these days, what does an R-rated action adventure look like? Like True Romance: violent to a fault, glam to the max."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"This film's various outrages are committed unapologetically, and are very much in the service of its bizarre story."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"The only thing that goes wrong with the movie is Christian Slater... the failure of its central character ends up being an irritation, but not a film-crippling problem."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"About as good as contemporary Hollywood movies get."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"...a chase picture, a gangster picture, and a wacky, turbulent romance...sort of a Bonnie and Clyde on speed."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Provides some amazing encounters, bravura acting turns and gruesome carnage. But it doesn't add up to enough."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It's Tarantino's gutter poetry that detonates True Romance. This movie is dynamite."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"...a pulpy good time that holds up remarkably well two decades after its theatrical release..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Such a rush that it's only towards the end that you realise the picture is less than the sum of its impressive parts."
‑ , Film4
"insanely transcendent"
‑ Jason McKiernan, Filmcritic.com
"If the romance seldom seems 'true', the spiralling violence (script, Quentin Tarantino) does succeed, in a brutish, cod-Jacobean kind of way."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Sifting through the bloody, pulpy trash of True Romance -- should you care to -- you'll find amusing, smart-alecky nuggets planted by screenwriter Quentin Tarantino."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"...[a] violently funny genre mishmash that gave Tony Scott's new life, and also transmitted Quentin Tarantino's vision more credibly than the screenwriter and then-novice director could have done himself."
‑ Chris Barsanti, PopMatters
"A hall of fame guy's movie...[with] a macho '90s ensemble eclipsed only by Glengarry Glen Ross...the monologues--oh, the monologues! [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"My Favorite Movie Of All Time"
‑ Kevin McCarthy, BDK Reviews
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