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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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  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. Anybody who talks about True Romance has to start with the writing. It's dazzling. In scene after scene, Tarantino surprises the audience even while coming up with dialogue that rings much more true than anything you could have anticipated. [10 Sept 1993]
  2. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    One of the best mainstream action-thrillers [in] a decade.
  3. 80
    Tony Scott steers the movie like a rocket and it never slows down.
  4. 67
    Consistently entertaining.
  5. As usual, Tarantino's sense of fun is infectious but fairly heartless.
  6. Reviewed by: Leonard Klady
    It doesn't add up to enough, as preposterous plotting and graphic violence ultimately prove an audience turnoff.
  7. 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: 27 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. Jan 7, 2012
    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.)
  2. Jan 9, 2011
    This movie was amazing, i watch it at least three times year. Great soundtrack, great cast : â
  3. Jan 30, 2012
    This is one of my all time great films, great background music and super Tarrantino dialogue. Strong story line and gripping throughout. The ending is unpredictable and superb.

    Brad Pitt, Christian Slater Gary Oldman and the other many stars give a great believable presence. A must see film for gangster film lovers.
  4. Feb 8, 2012
    True Romance is a film that plays around and switches it's genre around at so many points, it mixes between dark drama, thriller and comedy. It twists around so much that you end up feeling lost on how you're supposed to take it. This is not a bad thing, the film's jerkiness mixes with your emotions you don't know what to expect, it also throws out some shocking death scenes you don't see coming with some great actors popping up and disappearing throughout. Gary Oldman is terrific as the pimp Drexel. Christopher Walken pops up in the most memorable and greatest scenes of the movie. It's a dynamic film with a great surprising cast of characters and actors...keep an eye out for Samuel L. Jackson in a brief appearance. Expand
  5. Jun 17, 2012
    True 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. Nov 15, 2012
    Though it isn't his best work, True Romance still has that vibrant Tarantino energy that keeps our eyes pervasively glued to the screen. The scene between Walken and Hopper is genius, and the film is worth-watching just because of it. Expand
  7. Jun 11, 2014
    A 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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