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  • Summary: Chili Palmer (Travolta) is a Miami loan shark who's sent to Los Angeles to collect on a gambling debt from film producer Harry Zimm (Hackman). Chili soon discovers that loansharking was the perfect training ground for making movies...though you have to be ruthless to make it in Hollywood. (MGM)
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 90
    One of the best movies of the year and by far the most entertaining.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    A smart, shrewdly crafted movie.
  3. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    Director Barry Sonnenfeld captures Hollywood in sunny tones, with fluid camera moves providing maximum comic effect.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Good, sly fun.
  5. The jokes are quick, with clever jibes alternating with double-crosses and the occasional murder, and the streamlined plot unrolls like a colorful ball of twine.
  6. The film is wickedly hilarious but more in a droll and knowing kind of sense than a har-de-har-har manner.
  7. Reviewed by: Harlan Jacobson
    Get Shorty's assortment of lowlifes and high rollers is a familiar one, but it's still deeply satisfying.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Jul 26, 2013
    A busy and bustling cast of top Hollywood stars fill up the screen in Get Shorty, a smart and hilarious gangster show that promotes some shrewd moments and larger than life characters, with John Travolta leading the pack as Chili Palmer, a loan shark is goes in and out of various mobsters as he is tasked with receiving payment from a nervous movie producer, Harry (Gene Hackman).
    The two immediately form quite the unsteady companionship, and Chili sees first hand how the movie business works, and it isn't that much different from what he does. The film introduces these characters who are given plenty of screen time to develop very versatile and interesting characters. They each develop quite the personality and have often hilarious conversations, particularly Travolta and Hackman, who make quite the unorthodox duo as they attempt to rid themselves of the man on their back looking payment.
    Where the film truly succeeds is its sense of knowing, it has fun doing what its doing, and the whole basis of the film within a film plays out very well, which is accompanied by a smart script that uses its surroundings to its advantage, leading us to feel sympathy for the rich and famous with LA as its backdrop.
    As you can tell, this is very much a character centric film, with a large cast also including Danny DeVito, Rene Russo, Bette Midler and James Gandolfini to name a few, they each bring something fresh, funny and unique to their roles, while they all also mix it up with Chili.
    A carefully crafted script has ensured that Barry Sonnenfeld can direct in a comedic fashion, but also to drive these characters who it sometimes seems do role swaps, we expect certain things from Chili when he is confronted unknowingly, but our expectations are completely turned on their head, we are shown exactly what things are and what words mean, not for reasons to pull the viewer in, but for a sense that in many films of the same genre, nothing is explained, and Get Shorty parodies and pokes fun at that for their trouble.
    Certainly one of the finest films of its time, full of humour and interesting characters, but most importantly, the film makes these characters matter.
  2. ChrisM.
    Feb 8, 2006
    This movie is a lot like "The Player" a little more entertaining though.
  3. Dec 5, 2013
    Snappy dialogue and spiffy performances aside, Barry Sonnenfeld's adaptation of Elmore Leonard's "Get Shorty" almost buckles under the force of its own incomprehensible plotting and vapidity. Expand
  4. Aug 11, 2014
    This was the most awful movie I have seen in years. It is unbelievable for me because there a great actors in this movie and all i can remember is looking on my watch and hoping that the movie will be over as soon as possible. There is not much more to say about it. If you like the actors there are better movies with them out there. Expand

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