True Romance

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  • Summary: This rock'n'roll adventure story tells of two unlikely lovers who accidentally double-cross the Detroit mob by stealing valuable contraband. Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette flee to Los Angeles where they are sought by both gangsters and cops. (Warner Bros.)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    100
    One of the best mainstream action-thrillers [in] a decade.
  2. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    100
    These gun-crazy, lust-loopy kids on the run are irresistible in the best crime rush since “GoodFellas.” [10 Sept 1993]
  3. The New York Times
    Reviewed by: Elvis Mitchell
    80
    A vibrant, grisly, gleefully amoral road movie. [10 Sept 1993, p.C5]
  4. 67
    Consistently entertaining.
  5. As usual, Tarantino's sense of fun is infectious but fairly heartless.
  6. 50
    The Tony Scott version of Tarantino comes out vulgar; the graphic violence and profanity-laced posturing represent everything that the wannabes soon used to exhaust audiences. Nevertheless, True Romance contains so many unforgettable moments.
  7. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    10
    It is hard to say what is more dispiriting about True Romance the movie itself or the fact that someone somewhere is sure to applaud its hollow, dime-store nihilism and smug pseudo-hip posturing as a bright new day in American cinema. [10 Sept 1993]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 38
  2. Negative: 1 out of 38
  1. Apr 20, 2015
    10
    Shy under-achiever falls in love with the hooker who was his birthday present and they get married but the whirlwind romance is heading forShy under-achiever falls in love with the hooker who was his birthday present and they get married but the whirlwind romance is heading for some complications... like hitmen and psycho drug dealers.

    Quentin Tarantino’s True Romance script is an elaborate, extended fantasy that sees a geeky shop assistant transformed into a great lover, a vengeful vigilante and, ultimately, a smooth criminal. Meanwhile, the story lacks any kind of emotional or moral consequence: the hero gets his father killed, the heroine guns down a cop during a drug deal gone sour, but they both drive off happily into the sunset, untainted by the mayhem they have left in their wake.

    Are we expected to buy into this bloody fairytale? Are we supposed to like these self-obsessed, homicidal maniacs? The answer to both these questions is a resounding yes, because the wishes being fulfilled here belong to former geeky shop assistant Quentin Tarantino, and he had the talent to flesh out his fantasy with vividly-drawn characters spouting instantly classic dialogue during jaw-dropping set-pieces.

    This is not only an immensely entertaining violent action but genuinely romantic at times. Tarantino's dialogue is as sparkling as ever!

    One of my Favorites! :D
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  2. Dec 11, 2015
    10
    Quentin Tarantino’s True Romance script is an elaborate, extended fantasy that sees a geeky shop assistant transformed into a great lover, aQuentin Tarantino’s True Romance script is an elaborate, extended fantasy that sees a geeky shop assistant transformed into a great lover, a vengeful vigilante and, ultimately, a smooth criminal. Meanwhile, the story lacks any kind of emotional or moral consequence: the hero gets his father killed, the heroine guns down a cop during a drug deal gone sour, but they both drive off happily into the sunset, untainted by the mayhem they have left in their wake.

    Are we expected to buy into this bloody fairytale? Are we supposed to like these self-obsessed, homicidal maniacs? The answer to both these questions is a resounding yes, because the wishes being fulfilled here belong to former geeky shop assistant Quentin Tarantino, and he had the talent to flesh out his fantasy with vividly-drawn characters spouting instantly classic dialogue during jaw-dropping set-pieces.

    The I’d **** Elvis speech that introduces comic book clerk Clarence, the rooftop confession and declaration of love by Alabama, the showdown with Drexl, Virgil at the motel and, of course, the Sicilian scene are all hugely appealing to any budding hopeful. What Tarantino couldnt have known when he was scribbling away behind the counter at Video Archives, however, is that they would be equally attractive to established and, in some cases, legendary stars.

    Despite his earlier reservations, Pitt signed on to play a bone idle stoner flatmate; the notoriously picky Gary Oldman sank his post-Dracula teeth into the role of a racially-confused pimp; and Chris Penn, Tom Sizemore and Samuel L. Jackson happily played virtual bit parts. Add never-to-be-bettered work from Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette to the mix, and you already have something special. But the genuinely great moments in True Romance belong to James Gandolfini, Dennis Hopper and Christopher Walken.

    Even with an excellent screenplay and a rogues gallery of protagonists waiting to be brought to life, any film needs the right director, and True Romance boasts an ideal helmer in the unlikely shape of Tony Scott. Who better than the director of Top Gun to bring an arrested adolescents fantasy to life? Scott verges on self-parody in terms of the gloss and pace he brings to proceedings, giving the movie a relentless energy that never allows the audience to stop and consider the absurdity of it all.

    Alabamas execution of Virgil, complete with feral scream and lovingly photographed, blood-soaked breasts, earned the film notoriety and a run-in with the censors, although Scotts approach to the material is best summed up by another, less controversial creative decision. The script has Clarences initial drug-hawking meeting with Elliot take place, unremarkably enough, in a zoo, but the director wanted something with a little more pizzazz, so he set the sequence on a rollercoaster. Tarantino is overstating the case when he compares Scott to undervalued auteurs of the past (Douglas Sirk he aint), but theres no doubt he was perfect to orchestrate this wild ride.

    This is not only an immensely entertaining violent action but genuinely romantic at times. Tarantino's dialogue is as sparkling as ever.
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  3. Jan 7, 2012
    10
    The most romantic movie I've ever seen. The movie has an edgy fast paced script/story, made even more brilliant by the actors and director.The most romantic movie I've ever seen. The movie has an edgy fast paced script/story, made even more brilliant by the actors and director. There is a raw quality to the movie, which all Tarantino's movies have (Although he only wrote this, not direct). In a nutshell this movie is a gem amongst masterpieces (it's piers).
    (The 2 Disc Special Edition, Director's Cut was worth every penny and the wait. Tarantino's commentary is probably the best I've ever heard.)
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  4. Jan 5, 2014
    9
    True Romance is the first movie of this caliber I've seen where everything seemed to go right in the end for our two protagonists. Yes, theyTrue Romance is the first movie of this caliber I've seen where everything seemed to go right in the end for our two protagonists. Yes, they were shot, bloodied, beat up, and then some, but they did what they set out to do: sell a boatload of cocaine for $200,000 and go to Mexico. I respect filmmakers like Tarantino and Scott that make a movie like that; a film where there's no conditions or sacrifices the characters have to ultimately make, one where we're happy because they're happy. Once Alabama and Clarence were married, they didn't fight once. Not once. That's the kind of marriage I think we all want to have! Expand
  5. Jun 17, 2012
    8
    True Romance is an unforgettable classic. There are so many scenes that stick with you forever; a psychotic wannabe rasta Gary Oldman, theTrue Romance is an unforgettable classic. There are so many scenes that stick with you forever; a psychotic wannabe rasta Gary Oldman, the scintillating exchange between Walken and Hopper, a condescension-disliking Brad Pitt, the mother of all hotel room gun fights... The list could go on. Excellently scripted by Quentin Tarentino and efficiently directed by Tony Scott, True Romance is a movie not to be missed. Expand
  6. Apr 26, 2012
    8
    No excuses for having never seen this film until now! Released all the way back in 1993 with a Quentin Tarantino script, True Romance is anNo excuses for having never seen this film until now! Released all the way back in 1993 with a Quentin Tarantino script, True Romance is an energetic, fast-paced, road movie starring Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette as Tarantino's Bonnie and Clyde on the run from the mob.

    The film bears all the hallmarks of Tarantino films of this era, it oozes his trademark combination of glamourous violence and cool characters and in many aspects is the trial run for Pulp Fiction and Natural Born Killers. While this may not have been the case back in 1993, looking back the film features an ensemble cast of supporting actors including Gary Oldman, Dennis Hopper, Samuel L Jackson, James Gandolfini and Christopher Walken, each of which Tarantino gives an interesting character with at least one scene to stand-out and make their own. Of particular mention is the famous 'Sicilian' scene between Walken and Hopper.

    A must see film for any Tarantino fan.
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  7. Jun 11, 2014
    0
    A titanically indulgent mess. Tarantino, normally a writing genius, unloads his every juvenile fantasy, his every cheap cinematic crush, ontoA titanically indulgent mess. Tarantino, normally a writing genius, unloads his every juvenile fantasy, his every cheap cinematic crush, onto 'True Romance'. Apart from one excellent (though disconnected) scene between Walken and Hopper, the writing itself is laughable and defies the brilliance of its author at every turn. Clueless cinematography, a horrific sound-track, hacky acting and unceasingly preposterous story logic do not improve the situation. Not one redeeming feature or endearing scene. This film is like watching Tarantino at confession. Expand

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