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 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  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. Jul 4, 2012
    8
    I always check out Tarentino films and this one is in my collection of movies. I can watch it again and again. A true tribute to 70'sI always check out Tarentino films and this one is in my collection of movies. I can watch it again and again. A true tribute to 70's blackploitation films. Plot is pretty basic but the all star cast brings out the dialog and intent of the film (Deniro kills it). Classic lines litter this flick but it is not Reseviour Dogs or Pulp Fiction, but among his best. Expand
  4. 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
  5. Aug 26, 2010
    7
    "Jackie Brown" is a fresh departure from Tarantino's other films (which is probably why it's the least appreciated), as it plays out mostly as"Jackie Brown" is a fresh departure from Tarantino's other films (which is probably why it's the least appreciated), as it plays out mostly as a straightforward crime drama. However, all of the director's trademarks are still there - much of the movie is spent focusing on minutiae and non-progressive dialogue, though the film as a sum of parts isn't quite as fulfilling as his other features. Collapse
  6. Sep 13, 2015
    7
    "Jackie Brown's" unpredictable story may get ahead of itself here and there, but thanks to some snappy dialogue work from Tarantino and a"Jackie Brown's" unpredictable story may get ahead of itself here and there, but thanks to some snappy dialogue work from Tarantino and a terrific lead performance from Pam Grier, the movie's worth the watch. 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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