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  • Summary: An homage to exploitation B-movie thrillers that combines two feature-length segments into one double-bill designed to replicate the grind house theatergoing experience of the 70s and 80s.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Grindhouse, like "Ed Wood" and "Boogie Nights," celebrates how certain low-grade entertainment, viewed in hindsight, looks different now than it did then, since we can see the ''innocence'' of its creation -- the handmade quality of it -- in a world not yet ruled by corporate technology.
  2. 90
    We need filmmakers who can move us forward even as they maintain a sense of the past. To that end, Grindhouse captures a bit of rowdy movie history in a bell jar.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Tarantino and Rodriguez want you to cover your eyes in disbelief and get the unholy giggles at the same time. You do, but in two very different ways, and that's the movie's strength.
  4. 75
    The kind of movie where it's necessary to put aside pretensions and enjoy the product on its terms, with all the sexiness, violence, gore, and camp as part of the parcel. This is three-plus hours of gleeful-but-guilty escapism.
  5. 75
    To get to the best part first, Tarantino's adrenaline-pumping "Death Proof" is actually a good movie that - unlike Rodriguez's "Planet Terror," - rethinks its genre in ways that say something to contemporary audiences. And it's got some of Tarantino's best dialogue since "Pulp Fiction."
  6. 70
    The obsessive crosshatching of allusion, spoof and homage that gives Grindhouse its texture is the product of a highly refined generational sensibility.
  7. The mock trailers are for impossibly schlocky Z-movies with titles like "Machete," "Don't Scream," "Thanksgiving" and "Werewolf Women of the S.S." They're by far the funniest part of the program, possibly because they're mercifully brief.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 167
  1. GioRJ
    Apr 7, 2007
    Outrageous, over-the-top fun. This is what going to the movies is all about. Rose McGowan is smoking hot as a zombie killing, one legged stripper with a machine gun for a prosthetic. Kurt Russell also shines as a stunt man who can only get off when he rams his "Death Proof" stunt car into cars filled with sexy women. Expand
  2. ChrisK
    Apr 23, 2007
    Unbelievably fun. Very, very, very worth the 3+ hours and price of admission. I never wanted it to end.
  3. Sep 4, 2010
    oh my god... it is so crazy and funny and gory and all at the same time, keeping cool and witty. Tarentino and Rodrigez... bravo jjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjj Expand
  4. Robert
    Apr 14, 2007
    Great fun. The audience clapped loudly at the end of each movie. Rodriguez's is high energy over-the-top parody from beginning to end, and very funny. Tarantino cheats in his version and doesn't go for exploitive sleaze or parody... he just does what interests him. The first half slows down the pace considerably and the characters are not as interesting as Tarantino seems to think, nor is self-parody Kurt Russell. The second half of Death Proof is better with a better cast and a great car chase/ homage. The fake trailers are hilarious. Expand
  5. EstherN.
    Apr 7, 2007
    Planet Terror was bang on. Go to see it for Planet Terror and the trailers. As to the enormous problem... Holy Crap did Tarantino's Death Proof suck. There was endless, witless, meaningless dialogue ad infinitum. I saw it with a group of very bright, very funny people, and it nearly had the group of us screaming in frustration and fleeing to watch paint. Death Proof could be a successful 35 minute short. The man has no ideas. Anyone who praises his tedious writing in this film hates you, and wants you to die an unhappy death. Expand
  6. JosephD.
    Nov 10, 2007
    the characters arent as strong ,compared to his pryor movies, with the exception exception of the dark skinned girl in the second part,she was great. kurt russell was decent. Expand
  7. [Anonymous]
    Apr 15, 2007
    Politically correct garbage.

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