Metascore
28

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 7 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Jul 6, 2013
    63
    Wayne Kramer thankfully refuses to cloak his excessiveness in hedge-betting self-consciousness and the result is a gratifyingly disreputable B-movie blow out.
  2. Reviewed by: Glenn Whipp
    Jul 10, 2013
    40
    Kramer, 10 years removed from his lone critical success, "The Cooler," and writer Adam Minarovich aren't exactly aping Tarantino, if only because they don't have the talent or inclination to aim that high.
  3. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Jul 8, 2013
    38
    It’s coherent enough, but entirely too long and unpleasant when it could have been one brutishly edgy hoot after another.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jul 11, 2013
    30
    "Hee Haw” meets “Pulp Fiction” at the meth lab: That describes the style of Pawn Shop Chronicles, a hillbilly grindhouse yawp of a movie that belches in your face and leaves a sour stink.
  5. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Jul 10, 2013
    30
    Despite its noteworthy cast who presumably had some time to fill between better gigs, this is the sort of instantly disposable B-movie effort that Quentin Tarantino would have chucked in the wastebasket after a first draft.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jul 9, 2013
    30
    Director Wayne Kramer (Running Scared, Crossing Over) makes plain his cartoon-comedy intentions early and often via comic-book-panel-style title cards. The presiding atmosphere of over-the-top zaniness, however, is of a broad, banal sort involving little people, rampant nudity, and quasi-religious nonsense.
  7. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Jul 11, 2013
    20
    The film doesn’t feel like a fresh riff on familiar tropes so much as a bad cover of Pulp Fiction.
  8. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Jul 9, 2013
    20
    Only one gag (involving a town’s rival barbers) sticks; the rest is just whistlin’ Dixie.
  9. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Jul 11, 2013
    16
    It’s all very first draft, with a layer of supernatural permeating the events that suggests added attempts to connect three wildly disparate storylines.
User Score
4.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Nov 12, 2013
    1
    Director Wayne Kramer once tried to make an insanely over-the-top action movie, Running Scared (also starring Walker), which many admired for its sheer over-the-topness. But then Kramer detoured for the completely earnest (and awful) immigration drama Crossing Over, which proves a point: Kramer isn't going over the top for any honest, organic reason but rather as a cold, calculated exercise. It's the same with PAWN SHOP CHRONICLES, though this time he and screenwriter Adam Minarovich very obviously draw their empty inspiration from Pulp Fiction. So the movie is crazy and agitated and loud and full of left turns and, yes, over-the-top but these things don't add up to anything that could be called a good movie. There are a couple of shock-based laughs early on, but then the laughs dry up, as do the thrills and the tingles. It's just horrifying and soul-deadening. All of that said, D'Onofrio gives a very interesting performance as the slightly befuddled pawn shop proprietor. Full Review »
  2. Feb 6, 2014
    4
    TARENTINO storytelling, mirroring Pulp Fiction in every way except for originality. If you like Pulp Fiction, watching this will drive you mad as you will notice/recognize key elements brazenly ripped off. It strings together seemingly unconnnected storylines into a story. Just as Pulp Fiction, in this some of the storylines more interesting than others-certainly more humorous. Walker was good but his appearance short. Unfortunatly Frasier seems to get most of the play in the 2nd half of the movie which makes this movie even worse. Full Review »
  3. Aug 7, 2013
    8
    The critics hated it but I dug it. I liked the cast, the disturbing and very strange story and the character, despite being awful, terrible people, were entertaining in their own, unique way. And how often are you going to see pretty boy Paul Walker as a racist moron? Full Review »