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Pulp Fiction Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 5.0

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    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

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    Entertainment Weekly

    [Tarantino's] ability to take what seem like minor conversational themes and dovetail them onto later exchanges for maximum comic effect is close to genius. And the action can be literally heart-stopping.

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  • 100

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    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    With this film, every layer that you peel away leads to something deeper and richer. Tarantino makes pictures for movie-lovers, and Pulp Fiction is a near-masterpiece.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    For a brutal black comedy about L.A. hitmen, Pulp Fiction bursts out of its binding with loopy delights. [14 Oct 1994]

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Like "Citizen Kane," Pulp Fiction is constructed in such a nonlinear way that you could see it a dozen times and not be able to remember what comes next.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Julie Salamon

    The most imaginative movie to come along in ages. [18 Oct 1994, p.A14(W)]

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Pulp Fiction isn't just funny. It's outrageously funny. [14 Oct 1994]

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Tarantino's masterpiece. Entertaining, yet violent.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film glorifies violence, drug use, and sexual themes. Gunplay, robbery, swearing, drug use, drug dealing, lying, cheating, violence, male rape, sadomasochism, and driving under the influence. A character is shot in the face and it's played for jokes. In one extremely graphic scene (one that supposedly incited seizures in some epileptic audience members), a character plunges a syringe into a woman's chest to save her from experiencing a heroin overdose. The director seems to mock product placement by featuring original brands created for the film.

  • Families can talk about the film's popularity, despite its majorly mature content. What role did sex, violence, drug use, and language play in this film's success? Did you find anything here offensive -- or does the humorous tone somehow soften the content?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The film's extreme violence and drug use without legal consequences supercedes any of its socially redeemable qualities.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Rape, drug overdose, car accidents, shootings, killings, vast amounts of blood, and so much more.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Includes characters discussing oral sex, plus depictions of sadomasochism.

  • language false5

    Language: Holds the record for most use of the "F" words in any film (271 times). Plenty of racial slurs, too.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: References to Burger King. Mock brand fast food products.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Heroin use plays a major role in the film. A character smokes pot using a bong.