Grindhouse 2007

Critics score:
83 / 100

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Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: [Grindhouse] gives dumpster-divers a chance to slum in the antiseptic safety of a multiplex. Read more

David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture: The fun is in the one-thing-after-another delirium the movie induces, and in our breathless anticipation of what they'll hurl at us next. Read more

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader: I enjoyed the invented trailers the directors fold into the mix, but despite the jokey 'missing reels,' these two full-length features are each 20 minutes longer than they need to be, and neither one makes much sense as narrative. Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: The whole thing runs a bit over three hours, goes by swiftly, contains countless film references and includes hilarious fake trailers. Read more

Mark Rahner, Seattle Times: Shocking gore. Excessive violence. Gratuitous nudity. Exploding pustules. Hey, maybe your childhood was different than mine. Read more

Keith Phipps, AV Club: Grindhouse contains thrills to keep viewers in their seats, plus moments to think about on the ride home, which will probably seem unusually fraught with peril. Read more

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic: These films are the equivalent of a low-rent, all-you-can-eat smorgasbord. You get a lot of everything, but somewhere along the line you can make yourself sick. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: By the time Fergie is dismembered by zombies, you know you're in good hands. She tastes Fergalicious, I'm guessing. Read more

Dennis Lim, Los Angeles Times: Setting aside the dubious coherence and suspect nostalgia of the enterprise, Grindhouse is a fascinating exercise in genre reinvention, a showcase for two radically different approaches to homage. Read more

Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle: A mixed-bag of a popcorn flick where more proves to be less. Read more

Tom Charity, The dynamic duo do their utmost to transport us back to the good old bad old days. Read more

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor: A fun exercise in nostalgia. Read more

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post: One word, however, comes immediately to mind: Fun. Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: Grindhouse is insider fun when Rodriguez is in charge and regrettable trash when Tarantino takes over. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: It summons the most crackerjack pop charge of any movie with Tarantino's name on it since Pulp Fiction. Read more

Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press: Tarantino must get a kick hearing his fantasies come out of these mouths. But for the first time here, it seems more than a little creepy. Read more

Matt Weitz, Dallas Morning News: Like the old drive-in speakers that you used to hang on your half-lowered car windows, it may not be the best way to experience the medium. But if your head's in the right place, it can be a heckuva lot of fun. Read more

Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly: Tarantino and Rodriguez are telling us something about what turned them on at the movies back when the thrills were as cheap as the tickets (and before Hollywood started making steroidal versions of grindhouse movies with A-list stars). Read more

Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News: A weaponized adrenaline rush. Read more

Gene Seymour, Newsday: Even if it's all an aesthetic exercise, it's an indulgence you don't regret. Read more

David Denby, New Yorker: Tarantino and Rodriguez assume that we'll relish the movie's violence or shrug it off as play, as they do, but not everyone in the audience will want his enjoyment of it taken for granted that way. Read more

Lisa Rose, Newark Star-Ledger: So over-the-top, it makes 300 look like a study in minimalism. Read more

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Jack Mathews, New York Daily News: Go, I say, and enjoy. Read more

Lou Lumenick, New York Post: Quite a deal for $11 -- a veritable smorgasbord of decapitations, impalings, attempted rapes, car chases, explosions, good and bad acting and well-endowed women in very short shorts. Read more

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: You go to Grindhouse for the same reasons people went to the original grindhouses primal, visceral action and primal, visceral sex (Wait'll you see how that's handled). Nobody ever went for the acting or 'the art.' Read more

Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer: RR and QT do an excellent job of simulating the content of grindhouse offerings, but they don't simulate the experience or the giddy kick. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Depending on your point-of-view, this is either a nostalgic stroll through a cheesy slice of American pop culture or an attempt to provide a tongue-in-cheek reinvigoration of it. Most likely, it's a little of both. Read more

Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times: Taken as a whole -- two movies and a handful of trailers -- Grindhouse is pure popcorn fun. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, Love it or hate it, you sure get your money's worth. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: The Rodriguez segment is terrific and shows a director in complete control of tone, image and story. Read more

Dana Stevens, Slate: You don't need to be an exploitation fanboy to appreciate the energy, imagination, and spirit with which Rodriguez and Tarantino pay homage to the cheapo cinema they love. Read more

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Read more

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail: If it stops feeling like entertainment, then it must be art. Read more

Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star: As the best trash movies always reminded us, the art is in what you do with the old ones. Read more

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Claudia Puig, USA Today: A rowdy jolt of quasi-nostalgic escapism. Read more

Todd McCarthy, Variety: The 1970s exploitation movie gropes, bites, kicks, slugs, blasts, smashes and cusses its way back to life in Grindhouse, a 'Rodriguez/Tarantino double feature' that lovingly resurrects a disreputable but cultishly embraced form. Read more

Nathan Lee, Village Voice: In paying homage to an obsolete form of movie culture, Grindhouse delivers a dropkick to ours. Read more

Stephen Hunter, Washington Post: The films are bloody, stupid and buoyant in a kind of infantile way, celebrating mayhem, flesh and gore. Planet Terror is by far the livelier. Read more