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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. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    100
    One of the best mainstream action-thrillers [in] a decade.
  2. 100
    These gun-crazy, lust-loopy kids on the run are irresistible in the best crime rush since “GoodFellas.” [10 Sept 1993]
  3. 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. 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: 31 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. Jan 30, 2012
    10
    This is one of my all time great films, great background music and super Tarrantino dialogue. Strong story line and gripping throughout. TheThis 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.
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  2. 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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  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. Feb 17, 2014
    9
    Great movie! Just another example of Tarantinos fantastic writing ability. Not to say thats the only great thing, the acting from every actorGreat movie! Just another example of Tarantinos fantastic writing ability. Not to say thats the only great thing, the acting from every actor in it is very good and Tony Scott does a great job. Definetly a must see film, especially if you're a fan of Tarantino. Expand
  5. Oct 17, 2011
    8
    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 isTrue 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. Expand
  6. Feb 8, 2012
    8
    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.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
  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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