Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
- Entertainment Weekly
It's part of the joke here that Chili is a die-hard cineaste and loves reminiscing about smart, stylish tough-guy films he has enjoyed. Get Shorty belongs on that list.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
Minor, but amusingly droll.
- USA Today
This comic potboiler about gangsters in Hollywood would be a great piece of fun even without Travolta. But as a loan shark from Miami with a charming bedside manner and bigtime movie dreams, he raises the fun quotient into the sublime.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Hal Hinson - Washington Post
One of the pleasures of Get Shorty is watching the way the plot moves effortlessly from crime to the movies - not a long distance, since both industries are based on fear, greed, creativity and intimidation.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
An entertaining comedy-thriller adapted by Scott Frank from the Elmore Leonard best-seller and directed with bounce (if not much nuance) by Barry Sonnenfeld.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
Susan Stark - Detroit News
A drolly offbeat look at Hollywood mores dedicated to the proposition that the best preparation for becoming a film producer is a stint in the criminal underworld.
Variety Staff - Variety
While it's quite possible for the cinematically unaware to enjoy this film, this is a real treat for movie buffs. The story is as much about the love of motion pictures as it is about gangsters.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
The result is one of the best movies of the year and by far the most entertaining.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
In the category of amiable diversions it's awfully tough to improve on.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
A pleasing satire on gangsters, hustlers and Hollywood.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
A freewheeling comedy-thriller with the gift of the gab.
Hollywood has been in love with mobsters since the beginning of movies. But the other side of the equation has seldom been considered. That is, until now.
David Ansen - Newsweek
This Hollywood is the one we want to believe exists: no film school snots here, no MBA's, no dock-worker philosophers-turned-screenwriters. Just a town full of second-rate swindlers where a clear-eyed racketeer can keep his eye on the ball and rise.
Harlan Jacobson - TV Guide's Movie Guide
A very cool, very fresh, very slick crime flick.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
- Time Out
Sonnenfeld keeps all of this under two hours by cutting the movie at a dazzling clip.
Jesse Hassenger - PopMatters
...it seems clear that Get Shorty will appeal mostly to those familiar with the source material - as it has to be more coherent and fleshed out than this.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
It's not an official masterpiece, but like Casablanca, it's a virtually flawless product of the Hollywood machine.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Released in the shadow of Pulp Fiction, Get Shorty - for all its acclaim - has never received its due as one of the funniest Hollywood films of modern times.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Sarah Chauncey - Reel.com
Has more than a few nasty quips directed at Hollywood and the vacuous, egotistical people who populate it.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
I really never got into this. It's slow, some industry jokes are funny, but mostly really slow. Rene Russo looks great thoughh.
Fred Topel - About.com
Not a bad Pulp Fiction rehash.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
A complete delight. See it!
Leonard Schwarz - Palo Alto Weekly
The characters in the film are off-beat and interesting. The dialogue is a pleasure to hear.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Oh, how this picture satisfies.
James Rocchi - Netflix
An award winning film that is thoroughly entertaining, one that you can watch again, and again, and ....
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
"Get Shorty" isn't Quentin Tarantino watered down; it's Elmore Leonard done right.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
High expectations only led to huge disappointment.
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
What makes it work is also the performances from the all star cast, as well as Barry Sonnenfeld's stylish direction. He achieves to make a movie that's talkative and fast-paced at the same time.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Spunky and very funny screen adaptation of Elmore Leonard's 1990 novel.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
It's Travolta -- smooth, commanding, handsome as ever, a cool, rhythmic bop in his walk -- who owns the film.
Edward Guthmann - San Francisco Chronicle
O nome do jogo e, resumindo, correr ate a locadora e pegar este excelente filme, antes que alguem seja mais rapido e chegue primeiro.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
It all goes to proves that Travolta's success is deserved.
Leslie Rigoulot - Film Scouts
It has a good pace and a few twists that keep the audience guessing, but the real magic lies in the characters and what they can reveal.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
For all its winking and nudging and brightly colored sense of delirium, the movie is also strangely flat.
Cynthia Fuchs - Philadelphia City Paper
Way too much to absorb in 2 hours, and it results in a talky, sanitized, often boring, tragicomedy that begins to fade from memory as soon as you leave the theater.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
It works so great as a whole that it is entertaining while it is intelligent. Imagine that.
Ted Prigge - rec.arts.movies.reviews
This movie is charming the way so few movies are anymore. It's brimming with personality.
Barbara Shulgasser - San Francisco Examiner
I did enjoy the intermittent good parts and Travolta's performance is a delight, but the rest of the movie is a waste.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Very enjoyable, though uneven, comedy comparing the world of organized crime to the world of Hollywood high rollers.
Madeleine Williams - Cinematter
It's Hollywood happily mocking itself, with stock characters breaking their molds and digs at everything that is the movie business.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
By turns satirically glamorous and seedily dark.
Andrew Collins - Empire Magazine
One thing is certain: Danny DeVito's production company Jersey Films is turning into a major industry force.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle