Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. 100
    These gun-crazy, lust-loopy kids on the run are irresistible in the best crime rush since “GoodFellas.” [10 Sept 1993]
  3. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    One of the best mainstream action-thrillers [in] a decade.
  4. You never forget you're watching a derivative, machine-tooled entertainment; the fun is in how the machine keeps spinning off course.
  5. 80
    Tony Scott steers the movie like a rocket and it never slows down.
  6. A vibrant, grisly, gleefully amoral road movie. [10 Sept 1993, p.C5]
  7. 75
    The blistering confrontation scene between Hopper and Walken -- both in peak form -- will be talked about for years. It's pure Tarantino: a full-throttle blast of bloody action and verbal fireworks.
  8. 75
    True Romance, which feels at times like a fire sale down at the cliche factory, is made with such energy, such high spirits, such an enchanting goofiness, that it's impossible to resist. Check your brains at the door.
  9. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    Blends and recycles elements of scores of crime and road movies, from "Bonnie and Clyde" to "Badlands" but it does so with enough energy and verve to create something entirely fresh and infectiously entertaining.
  10. 67
    Consistently entertaining.
  11. 63
    Despite Tony Scott's occasional blundering, True Romance is still a visceral roller coaster.
  12. As usual, Tarantino's sense of fun is infectious but fairly heartless.
  13. 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.
  14. Reviewed by: Leonard Klady
    It doesn't add up to enough, as preposterous plotting and graphic violence ultimately prove an audience turnoff.
  15. Amid the violence, the one-liners ring out. Nobody speaks for real. It's as if they all know they're in a movie.
  16. Reviewed by: Richard Harrington
    Despite its noir references and evocations, this slick film, directed by Tony Scott from Quentin Tarantino's script, is a preposterously bloody mess, as is the plot.
  17. 25
    A stupid, stylized road picture. [10 Sept 1993]
  18. 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]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 102 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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.)
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  3. Oct 17, 2011
    True Romance may well be Tony Scott's finest film, and this is largely due to a strong helping hand from Quentin Tarantino. Not that Scott is an incompetent director when working on his own, but it is Tarantino's razor-sharp script that really shines. The ensemble cast is exceptional - Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette as Clarence and Alabama have great on-screen chemistry, and other notable highlights include James Gandolfini's imposing, sadomasochistic mafia henchman Virgil, Gary Oldman's pimp character Drexl, Val Kilmer's "Kingly" manifestation of Clarence's conscience, and Brad Pitt also has fun playing a stoner. For the most part, the film's plot keeps you entertained, (and Hans Zimmer's cracking score does keep things moving along nicely) though the overplayed finale disappoints slightly (strangely beautiful ballet of violence though it is). I'm not quite sure what the message behind the film is (if there really is one) - you have to kill a few people, smuggle drugs and escape to Mexico to truly love someone, perhaps? Tarantino had directed the film as he originally intended to do the end result would have been a little more consistent, but even as it is, the film is still a strangely fulfilling romp. Full Review »