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  • Summary: What do a sexy stewardess, a street-tough gun runner, a lonely bail bondsman, a shifty ex-con, an earnest federal agent, and a stoned-out beach bunny have in common? They're six players on the trail of a half million dollars in cash! The only questions are ... who's getting played ... andWhat do a sexy stewardess, a street-tough gun runner, a lonely bail bondsman, a shifty ex-con, an earnest federal agent, and a stoned-out beach bunny have in common? They're six players on the trail of a half million dollars in cash! The only questions are ... who's getting played ... and who's gonna make the big score! [Miramax] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. 100
    You savor every moment of Jackie Brown. Those who say it is too long have developed cinematic attention deficit disorder. I wanted these characters to live, talk, deceive and scheme for hours and hours.
  2. 90
    The most exciting thing about Jackie Brown is the director's seamless transition to a less flashy, revealing style; it's well-suited to the more character-oriented focus of the film... an assured, accomplished, and very good film.
  3. 78
    It's a straight-ahead caper flick, very cool, and very, very Seventies (although it takes place in 1995), from production and costume design on down to the soundtrack.
  4. 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 unless you’re hoping for something as show-offy as "Reservoir Dogs" or "Pulp Fiction."
  5. A raunchy doodle, a leisurely and easygoing diversion that goes down easy enough but is far from compelling.
  6. 60
    The giddy, "anything could happen" sense that made "Pulp Fiction" and "Reservoir Dogs" so viscerally exciting is missing here. But Tarantino's first picture in nearly three years is a faithful adaptation of Elmore Leonard's "Rum Punch," and its melancholy edge is a wistful delight.
  7. It's the flat, self-exposing dud that fate often keeps in store for the initially overpraised. [26 Jan 1998, p.24]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. May 26, 2011
    10
    I agree that this is a vastly underrated movie and as Roger Ebert asserts, anyone who complains that it is too long has developed cinematicI agree that this is a vastly underrated movie and as Roger Ebert asserts, anyone who complains that it is too long has developed cinematic ADD. Beautifully written and developed characters, suspense, believable but amazing turns and twists throughout. It is just more subtle than Reservoir Dogs and less manic than Pulp Fiction. Pam Grier is a real woman, and this is a great movie. Expand
  2. Dec 27, 2012
    10
    Easily Quentin Tarantino's most underrated film, it had hilarious scenes mixed with great dialogue and soundtrack. The acting from everyoneEasily Quentin Tarantino's most underrated film, it had hilarious scenes mixed with great dialogue and soundtrack. The acting from everyone was superb especially the more quirky ones. Expand
  3. Nov 11, 2014
    9
    Easily my favourite of Tarantino's pictures--it showed the world he actually had a heart and could make something truly original, rather thanEasily my favourite of Tarantino's pictures--it showed the world he actually had a heart and could make something truly original, rather than simply a combination of his favourite set-pieces from a particular genre. Expand
  4. Mar 9, 2013
    8
    A well-written, fun film to watch. Even though though it doesn't provide the strong gleeful violence Tarantino provides, fans should beA well-written, fun film to watch. Even though though it doesn't provide the strong gleeful violence Tarantino provides, fans should be pleased with the spectaculary performances and the overall outline of this film. Expand
  5. Apr 18, 2015
    7
    I pretty sure I liked it. The acting, dialogue, and camera work all really good. The film delivers an engaging story that is sold on theI pretty sure I liked it. The acting, dialogue, and camera work all really good. The film delivers an engaging story that is sold on the presentation, acting, and dialogue. The thing about Tarintino is that his strength seems to lie in characters and dialogue, which are the best thing in that film. Tarintino isn’t good at writing story. The film’s plot isn’t bad in fact it is quite suspenful and engaging there were just times when it felt convoluted to a point where I didn’t get it and the plot feels quite too similar to Reservoir Dogs. It’s a well made film I just hope that Tarintino lets the story take a backseat next time, although knowing what his next film is I know that isn’t he case. Expand
  6. Jan 13, 2013
    7
    Jackie Brown is a solid effort from Tarantino. The dialogue has the usual flair and is occasionally laugh-out-loud funny. The plot is fairlyJackie Brown is a solid effort from Tarantino. The dialogue has the usual flair and is occasionally laugh-out-loud funny. The plot is fairly interesting and the performances are good. That said, there's something missing in Jackie Brown that restrains it from achieving the same excellence as Pulp Fiction or Reservoir Dogs. I can't put my finger on what it is exactly but I do know that it isn't quite in the same league. Expand
  7. Jan 12, 2013
    4
    The start of this movie was excellent, a classic Tarentino brutal fun ride but the drawn out build up and uninteresting characters bring itThe start of this movie was excellent, a classic Tarentino brutal fun ride but the drawn out build up and uninteresting characters bring it down to a mid level movie. Expand

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