Jackie Brown

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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. 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. The New Republic
    Reviewed by: Stanley Kauffmann
    30
    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 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  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. DanS.
    Jun 22, 2007
    9
    This was a more mature and thoughtful film than the over-praised "Pulp Fiction". Violence was treated more seriously, and Tarantino took time This was a more mature and thoughtful film than the over-praised "Pulp Fiction". Violence was treated more seriously, and Tarantino took time in this one to explore the motives of the characters. The tale was really about everyone in the tale, not only Jacki Brown. All the actors were convincing, especially Robert Forster. Bravo !! Expand
  3. May 18, 2016
    8
    Jackie Brown is truly an underrated film full of great characters and a fantastic plot that makes Ocean's 11 a little jealous. Though criticsJackie Brown is truly an underrated film full of great characters and a fantastic plot that makes Ocean's 11 a little jealous. Though critics were hard on it, it remains a true homage to blaxsplotation films from the 1970s. Expand
  4. 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
  5. Nov 23, 2013
    7
    Although well directed Jackie Brown fails to be anything new. It starts slow and it never really speeds up like a typical Tarantino film does.Although well directed Jackie Brown fails to be anything new. It starts slow and it never really speeds up like a typical Tarantino film does. It has no major flaws per say it just isn't anything special. It is entertaining and there was no problem with the acting but as a film it just didn't live up to it's potential. Expand
  6. Sep 5, 2016
    6
    After all is said and done, this film just isn't worth 2 and a half hours of anybody's time. Even Tarantino's brilliance and the excellentAfter all is said and done, this film just isn't worth 2 and a half hours of anybody's time. Even Tarantino's brilliance and the excellent cast couldn't turn this moronic plot line into something compelling. I don't know what on earth possessed Quentin Tarantino to choose a story like this to do a movie. 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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