“If You Take Quentin Tarantino And Robert Rodriguez And Let Them Collaborate On A Two Film Collection Called Grindhouse Then You Will Experience Creative, Fun, And Stylistic Filmmaking.”
“"Something To Enjoy And Not Too Take Too Seriously. Tarantino Shows His Skill With Human Emotion, And Robert Shows Emotion Through Humour And Guts Galore, This Is Grindhouse"”
“Planet Terror Is The Best!”
“Both Tarantino And Rodriguez Show Of Their Love For Exploitation Films Of The 70's. They Craft, Together, A Movie Which Is Both A Bit Too Much To Take In At Once, But Still Manages To Be Fun And Exciting. ”
“A Mid-Night Madness Movie..so Got What I Paid For.. :)”
“Now These 2 Movie's Were F***** Bad! I Liked Planet Terror More Though”
“One Good One Decent”
“Ship Masters ”
“THE BEST ZOMBIE FILM EVER AND THE BEST SLASHER FLICK EVER!!!!”
“Best BBQ In Texas”
“Planet Terror Review Only”
“I Thought It Was Great”
“"Looks Like A No Brainer"”
“Violent And Entertaining!”
“Two Words Tarantino Rodriguez An Instant Classic ”
“EXPLOITATION BROUGHT INTO THE 21ST CENTURY BY TWO OF HOLLYWOOD'S FINEST!!!”
“Planet Terror: The Film John Carpenter Never Made”
“A VIOLENT FUN Time”
“You Need To See This Movie.”
“Planet Terror Rocked, Death Proof Not So Much.”
“You Must Buy. BUY NOW!”
“Grindhouse Is A Cinephile's Orgasm. Rodriguez And Tarantino Show Us What Exactly Made Them Want To Be Filmmakers And It's A Fun Ride.”
“While This Whole Concept Might Get Old In The Near Future, This First Attempt Does Accomplish What It Set Out To Do... Make A Crazy, Non-stop, Adrenaline Fueled, Blood Filled Smorgasboard Of Mindless Entertainment.”
“"Grindhouse" Is An Amazing Cinematic Experience And In No Way, Shape Or Form Should You Miss It In Theaters. You'll Be Missing Out On Some Great Laughs, Huge Action And Truly Satisfying Fun.”
It summons the most crackerjack pop charge of any movie with Tarantino's name on it since Pulp Fiction.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Grindhouse is soaked in bloody nostalgia for the cheesy, disreputable pleasures of an older form of movie entertainment.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
A rowdy jolt of quasi-nostalgic escapism.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
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.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
By the time Fergie is dismembered by zombies, you know you're in good hands. She tastes Fergalicious, I'm guessing.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
In paying homage to an obsolete form of movie culture, Grindhouse delivers a dropkick to ours.
Nathan Lee - Village Voice
Go, I say, and enjoy.
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
The whole thing runs a bit over three hours, goes by swiftly, contains countless film references and includes hilarious fake trailers.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
A mixed-bag of a popcorn flick where more proves to be less.
Bruce Westbrook - Houston Chronicle
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.
Matt Weitz - Dallas Morning News
One word, however, comes immediately to mind: Fun.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
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.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
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.
David Denby - New Yorker
Grindhouse is both impressive and disappointing. From a technical and craft point of view it is first-rate; from its standing in the canon of the two directors, it is minor.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Taken as a whole -- two movies and a handful of trailers -- Grindhouse is pure popcorn fun.
Richard Roeper - Chicago Sun-Times
[Grindhouse] gives dumpster-divers a chance to slum in the antiseptic safety of a multiplex.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
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.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
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.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
Too often the films fail to separate what made drive-in shockers good (unapologetic bad taste and an ability to generate excitement on a shoestring) from what made them bad (the kind of self-indulgence that homogenized studio products filtered out.)
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Grindhouse is insider fun when Rodriguez is in charge and regrettable trash when Tarantino takes over.
Tom Long - Detroit News
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.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
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.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
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.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
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.'
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
As the best trash movies always reminded us, the art is in what you do with the old ones.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
If it stops feeling like entertainment, then it must be art.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Love it or hate it, you sure get your money's worth.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
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.
Dana Stevens - Slate
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.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Like all double bills of the sick, shocking, perverse exploitation movies of old, one is better than the other.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
If you've got a taste for blood and three hours to kill, Grindhouse is for you.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
By stooping low without selling out, this babes-and-bullets tour de force gets you high on movies again.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
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.
Dennis Lim - Los Angeles Times
Not just a movie but an event in its own right, Grindhouse is simply unmissable in its complete form.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
JimmyO - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
David Fear - Time Out
Grindhouse is a great experience, packed with fun, thrills, chills and gore galore.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
Delivers all the trashy, seat-squirming, eye-covering moments your fiercely racing heart craves. Forget about "guilty pleasures." Call it a pleasure, and leave it at that.
Ian Buckwalter - DCist
Half smirk, half transcendence
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Brian Marder - Hollywood.com
Bob Mondello - NPR.org
This is a movie theater experience. It needs to be seen at night, with a big screen and lots of friends.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
Jonathan Kiefer - Sacramento News & Review
As amusing as the concept is, the actual result is a considerable disappointment - a high-tech forgery that lacks the disreputable charm of its models, which were made without the self-conscious affectation on display here.
Steve Biodrowski - ESplatter
Hopefully Rodriguez and Tarantino will make more of these.
Lucius Gore - ESplatter
A mediocre attempt to play with exploitation fire without getting burned. A pair of anti-septic fakes that miss the entire point of exploitation.
Brian Holcomb - Beyond Hollywood
3-D Naughtiness! Perverts in Revolt! Sinful Dwarfs! And Even a Movie Review, Why Not?
Shane Burridge - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Has Tarantino ever made a singularly authentic, sincere, innovative frame of film in his entire life?
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
The trailers for grindhouse movies were always better than the films themselves. Sadly, the same is true of Grindhouse.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Each film would have fared better as a 15-minute short.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
It is a movie about watching itself, and that is both solipsistic and pure genius.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
[In Death Proof, Tarantino] gleefully subverts the genre to keep us thoroughly entertained.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Thank you Tarantino, thank you Rodriguez, it was a pleasure...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
While I believe Tarantino to be a far greater artist when it comes to lining his cinematic and pop culture channelings with elements of profundity, Rodriguez is something of a master at to-the-point entertainment.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
An intriguing package of faux trailers and senseless violence. Rarely is there a film that is so unquestionably enjoyable. Might give the '70s grind house flicks a good name.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
The numbness of sitting through nearly two hours of dreck isn't all that kills the momentum going in to Death Proof.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Designed for those who want to rock on schlock.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
A long, blood-splattered stunt of a movie, Grindhouse, may be something only critics and film nerds can love.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
What amazed me however, was the unexpected feeling of feminine empowerment.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
What we're mainly getting is two big directors with expensive movies pretending they're niche directors with low funding. It's an act, but an enthralling one.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
A unapologetically entertaining double feature that, despite its drawn out runtime and clunky moments, has an inventive take on an old and often cringe-worthy genre
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Grindhouse is more fun than an army of toxic zombies, or a shapely severed leg hitting the highway with a thump.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Underneath the exploitation, Tarantino and Rodriguez offer film lovers the gift of nostalgia
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
Two stars for Planet Terror, three stars for Death Proof and four stars for the fake trailers means an average grade of three stars overall.
Sean O'Connell - Charlotte Weekly
Here's a movie that certain film fans will love.But that's a small segment of the film-going community. So, even though I realize that aficionados of exploitation films will find this entertaining, other film goers will find "Grindhouse" perverse and offe
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
A museum installation of crap culture artifacts that is both entirely too much and not nearly enough. The tiresome, self-referential Tarantino has become trapped in his own Jack Rabbit Slim's.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Packaging a three-hour-plus program may be daring, but pairing a long running time with junk-food cinema is enough to make you sick.
Susan Tavernetti - Palo Alto Weekly
Grindhouse is not your dear Aunt Martha's movie, but it's a heck of a ride.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
Grindhouse...is a slam bam smash 'em up celebration of the freedom given film by the exploitation industry.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
It's sexy girl power mixed with frustrated male aggression, played out at 100 miles per hour on a sunny day. And it's fantastic.
Gina Carbone - Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
One's the bomb, while the other's simply a bomb.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
A timed challenge for five directors to remove, impale, explode or gorily drip to the floor every body part possible. Even if Tarantino eviscerates too much momentum at the midway point, it's still a giddy, ghastly blast.
Nick Rogers - State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
While not a washout, Death Proof is inferior to Rodriguez's masterfully over-the-top Planet Terror, which is more fun than is probably legal.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
It is not the movies themselves that are great, though the flesh-eating zombie thriller by Rodriquez is the better of the two. Rather, it is the way they are presented.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Your feature presentation: two movies made entirely of awesome.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
Grindhouse is, at the end of the day, simply a fun time at the theater
Mark Bell - Film Threat
Rodriguez understood the project the better of the two directors and made the more appropriate of the two films. Tarantino appears to have gotten into making his film and then forgot what he was supposed to be doing.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
a navel-gazing exercise in nostalgia for a bygone era when trash cinema had its own lurid pedigree and roster of auteurs
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Frank Wilkins - Frank's Reel Reviews
A simulation of a night at the drive-in or downtown fleabag theater of your fondest imagination.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Does it feel like the real thing? No. Is it an incredible simulation? Yes, it's pretty incredible.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
A grueling thing to endure.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Suffice to say, you'll have plenty to talk about.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
You can see the love in every frame.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
Robert Rodriguez bakes a load of stale if bloody pastry called Planet Terror, while Quentin Tarantino fries up a tasty mess of fun with Death Proof.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
A couple of hilarious, high attrition-rate horror parodies augmented by faux ads for four equally-outrageous releases, all adding up to a guaranteed treat for fans of those forgettable B-flicks of the Fifties.
Kam Williams - DallasBlack.com
At three hours, the movie can become a bit of an ordeal. I'd say pack a lunch, but if Rodriguez and Tarantino have done their job right, you'll be too grossed out to eat it.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
Both films are wildly entertaining, as long as you're ready for the high-intensity gore factor, the sex (mostly talk) and the violence.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Feel free to talk, howl, and throw your popcorn at the screen.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
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.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
Shocking gore. Excessive violence. Gratuitous nudity. Exploding pustules. Hey, maybe your childhood was different than mine.
Mark Rahner - Seattle Times
A weaponized adrenaline rush.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
Yes, the hotly anticipated Grindhouse opened to a smaller box office than Are We Done Yet, which was hotly anticipated only by the people Ice Cube owes money.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
It's nowhere near as much fun for fans to watch as it was for these fan boys to make.
Chad Greene - Boxoffice Magazine
A waste of time.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
regular audiences might have trouble getting through the film's three-plus hours of B-movie excess.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
As a glimpse into the minds of two iconoclastic directors -- both of whom came of age watching the films they now pay homage to -- this retro-electric trip is sheer bliss.
Gabriel Shanks - Mixed Reviews
The dragging, plodding pace and creative misfire of Tarantino's movie is enough to put a big damper on the sum total of the Rodriguez/Tarantino double feature experiment.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Self=Absorbed. Excessive. Tragically Hip. You Bet!
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
Both features offered tons of action, kung fu fighting, comedy and over the top acting.
Vince Koehler - Entertainment Spectrum
Rodriguez, to a fault, delivers a zombie movie that lazily apes the exploitation handbook, while Tarantino, also to a fault, gives us a gabby picture that is about as un-grindhouse as you can get and still feature a killer stuntman.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
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.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
An epic exercise in cultural necrophilia.
David Fear - Time Out New York
The dynamic duo do their utmost to transport us back to the good old bad old days.
Tom Charity - CNN.com
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
Tarantino has conceived a plot just as odd as the better, experimental '70s drive in films.
D.K. Holm - Movie Poop Shoot
If you can stomach Rodriguez's effort, fear not -- you'll be rewarded with Tarantino's.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
Grindhouse runs three-plus hours and is simply too much of a good-bad thing.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
The Rodriguez segment is terrific and shows a director in complete control of tone, image and story.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
...there's certainly no denying the effectiveness of Grindhouse as an overall experience (one that virtually demands a viewing within the context of as large and enthusiastic a crowd as possible).
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
The ferocity of the car-fight is something else, but Death Proof understands perfectly the sheer and audacious pleasure of watching.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Taken as a whole, Grindhouse is a deliriously entertaining night out at the theater. This is one movie that absolutely won't have the same impact at home.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
Glorious and gratuitous trash cinema at its most entertaining and critic-proof.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
It makes going to the movies an event.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
Rodriguez offers up Planet Terror, a straight-faced send-up of a science-fiction/horror/thriller... Less satisfying is Tarantino's Death Proof.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
It's the way Rodriguez, Tarantino, and their guests recreate an experience for you that really makes this one of the most inventive, entertaining, and incessantly cool movies of recent years.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Enthralling and exhilarating in its explosive camp-driven excess, Grindhouse is a combustible concoction that shamelessly stimulates the senses.
Frank Ochieng - TheWorldJournal.com
[O]ne of the most exciting movie experiences in ages, one that demands to be seen on a big screen.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
... A wholly unique experience that absolutely must be taken in on the big screen to get the full effect.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
An instant cult classic.
Jim Hemphill - Reel.com
raised exploitation to an art form
Kevin Carr - Film School Rejects
Dave White - Movies.com
A movie lovers dream come true, an absolute triumph in every way imaginable.
Pete Hammond - Maxim
The combination of films in Grindhouse proves to be true to the grungy grind-house tradition: Some cool stuff, some icky stuff, and lots of so-so filler.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Is the return of these two undeniably talented filmmakers to the house of grind fun? To put it in the simple kind of terms you'd be likely to hear in a grindhouse movie - hell yeah.
Brian Tallerico - UGO
These are filmmakers who have followed their muse, for better or for worse, and what they've come up with here rewards every bit of faith I've ever put in them as a viewer.
Moriarty - Ain't It Cool Movie Reviews
Almost literally dripping with film buffs' excitement over how far movies have come, how far they haven't, and the onscreen bits and pieces that will never go out of style.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
Dean Essner - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
You won't have more fun watching anything in a movie theater this year.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
An important fact to be noted about "Grindhouse" is this: It's three hours and 11 minutes long. After sitting through the rousing Rodriguez feature that opens the film, and the three hilarious faux trailers that follow (courtesy of guest directors Eli Rot
Kurt Loder - MTV
Death Proof pays a good deal less attention to looking like an old film and spends more time actually being shocking and unusual.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Only somebody with enough resources and clout within the movie industry can resurrect an unpleasant exploitation genre and turn it into a funky and entertaining three-hour-plus cult opus.
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
Grindhouse isn't great cinema, but it is a genuine event picture, a rare good reason to venture out on a Friday night with a big crowd and the necessary wad of cash.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
The fact Grindhouse is able to engage a 21st century audience is due to Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez' uncanny ability to figure out just what it is moviegoers don't know they're dying to see.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Tarantino's feature Death Proof is the better homage to grindhouse, while Rodriguez's feature Planet Terror is more a contemporary update of the old drive-in movie genre.
Jette Kernion - Cinematical
As much fun as being in a car crash.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
A film whose pop cultural penetration will be very deep for a select few, and conversely very shallow for very many, and that's including those who even see it.
Brent Simon - FilmStew.com
Dense with allusive details and inside jokes, Grindhouse is a postmodern exercise in nostalgia undertaken by two smart filmmakers, with a lot of help from their friends.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
The films seldom rise above the cheesy level of the very "B" movies they're emulating, but Grindhouse is a fun throwback to what it felt like to see exploitation movies at the nabes, drive-ins and inner-city theaters during the '70s and early '80s.
Chuck O'Leary - FulvueDrive-in.com
If you appreciate the styles that Rodriguez and Tarantino are simultaneously spoofing and paying tribute to, 'Grindhouse' is the equivalent of a junk-food smorgasbord...
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
The package as a whole is great, but the parts are uneven.
Eric Lurio - Times Square
'Death Proof''s defiance of expectation is as much a part of the grindhouse legacy as bare breasts and bloody knives. When the movie ends, we realize Tarantino has lived up to the best tradition of his exploitation influences: He's pulled a fast one.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Their pastiches take the best of their nostalgic 1960s and '70s trash heap and reshape it into kitschy action comedies that stand as adoring monuments to the films that shaped their demented worldviews.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
Rodriguez goes for full-blooded faithfulness, Tarantino goes for genre analysis and reconfiguration, and the results are, ultimately, about as coherent and fulfilling as a typical grindhouse double-feature.
Nick Schager - Cinematical
the lead off "summer movie" that dares its competitors to match its level of inspired mayhem.
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
A fun exercise in nostalgia.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Both gentlemen have a palpable affection for the kitsch factor at work here, the energy of working on the edge with a low budget, and for the rush of seeing something so bad that it's good, but only one of them can pull off the homage
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
The whole thing tops out at about three hours and ten minutes; while this may mimic the sort of "bang for your buck" that grindhouses provided, it's a long time to sit.
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
Terror Planet is too much for its own good, but Death Proof leaves you wanting more.
David Poland - Movie City News
Grindhouse has plenty of fun moments, and with a running time of more than three hours you can't complain that you didn't get your money's worth. But it only half works.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
Death Proof was sensational. If only Rose McGowan could act.
Victoria Alexander - Movie Reviews in Croatian
It's a heavily stylized, volatile, atomic sensory shockwave that is so hip and ice cool, you'll need to visit MySpace just to bring your overall awesome back down to a manageable level.
Brian Orndorf - OhmyNews.com
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).
Scott Foundas - L.A. Weekly
...a film destined to be a cult classic.
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
As an exercise in aging-movie-geek nostalgia, Grindhouse is a bloody good time.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Further proof that every movie is better when it has zombies in it, Planet Terror also demonstrates that every movie is better when it features a retired stripper/aspiring stand-up comedian with a machine gun in place of her freshly amputated leg.
Phoebe Flowers - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
For those who want to witness a daring, albeit flawed, original freak show from two of Hollywood's elite directors that could turn the industry on its side, this is the only movie you'll need to see all year.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
Too bad, but this ambitious, scratched and weathered venture never manages a real death grip on the senses.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
...offers plenty of film-buff fun, yet Rodriguez and Tarantino are, in a sense, limiting themselves.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Truthfully, this movie was a slam dunk waiting to happen since Rodriguez and Tarantino hatched the concept.
Alex Markerson - E! Online
As was the case with most of the AIP exploitation programmers it fondly recalls, Grindhouse proves more entertaining to anticipate than actually to watch.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
It is crazy, pulpy fun -- some parts of it more than others -- but it has some of the flaws that dog each director's movies and, at 191 minutes, it gives audiences a bit too much of their money's worth.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Even if it's all an aesthetic exercise, it's an indulgence you don't regret.
Gene Seymour - Newsday
Too bad Tarantino didn't do the zombie pic, too.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Supped up with testosterone and estrogen, charred bits 'o flesh and more panty shots than the red carpet at the Adult Video News Awards, Grindhouse is the kind of movie that makes you want to contact a parole officer even if you don't have a record
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
Cool. Stupid. Juiced-up. Feeble. Stripped-down. Self-indulgent. Clever. Sophomoric.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Despite the occasional bump-'n-grind over its three-hour-plus running time, there haven't been two films released in 2007 yet more worth your dollar.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
Any movie featuring the violent, painful death of Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas gets extra kudos from me.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
So over-the-top, it makes 300 look like a study in minimalism.
Lisa Rose - Newark Star-Ledger
If Tarantino and Rodriguez were hoping to make a film better than the poster, they exceeded their own expectations.
Norm Schrager - Filmcritic.com
For the one-of-a-kind experience all by itself, it is not to be missed. Narrowing in one's focus on the quality of what is offered, it is more of a mixed bag.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
It's the juxtaposition of Grindhouse's main parts that makes the whole work as well as it does.
Jeffrey Chen - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
More than just a fun three hours at the movies, Grindhouse is a total immersion into movie geekdom, in which the packaging, marketing, lore, and accumulative experience are as much a part of the deal as the images that are up on the screen.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Their unabashed affection for the grindhouse genre keeps them from becoming arch, po-mo, or self-consciously ironic. This is a tribute, not a parody.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Hyper-sleazy and deliberately cliche-filled, it's an affectionate homage to the deliberately tawdry exploitation movies of the 1960s and '70s.
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
Damaged or missing reels anticipating sexual excess disappear conveniently on cue, to keep the rating set comfortably at "R."
Prairie Miller - Long Island Press
Exploitation cinema is combustible stuff that only highly trained professionals should be permitted to play with.
Glenn Kenny - Premiere Magazine
Rodriguez and Tarantino have definitely raised the bar.
Staci Layne Wilson - Horror.com
It makes you believe in the power of guilty pleasures -- suggesting in its own fanboy way that even exploding zombies can be a form of art.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
An ungainly creature that alternates moments of sheer brilliance with moments of stunning banality. Fortunately, the former end up outnumbering the latter.
Ethan Alter - Film Journal International
It's too bad that Planet Terror isn't as great as Death Proof but hey, we're getting two flicks for the price of one, so we can't complain too much, right?
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Death Proof is, in many ways, an amazing approximation of the old exploitation films, but with an unmistakable QT vibe. Rodriguez, on the other hand, directs his half as the fever dream of someone who has only been told about exploitation movies.
Devin Faraci - CHUD
The palpable cinematic elation and hip vibe that wafts from the screen is more than contagious; it's stupefying.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Planet Terror is a great bad movie; Death Proof is just plain bad.
Jurgen Fauth - About.com
Grindhouse is more homage than reinvention of schlock.
Jeremiah Kipp - Slant Magazine
The only way it could be cooler is if Rose McGowan actually gave you a lap dance while you watched the movie.
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
Rodriguez and Tarantino pay homage to the 70's exploitation films: For me the Tarantino breathtaking car-chase offering is superior to Rodriguez's zombie campiness.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
A gigantic ice cream sundae for old-school genre film enthusiasts.
Scott Weinberg - FEARnet
A decidedly mixed bag, this homage to exploitation films shows the idiosyncratic approach, strengths and weaknesses of its helmers. Comparison of two segments is inevitable and so opinions will differ; I much prefer Rodriguez's over the top zombie flick
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Gloriously grotesque, hilariously horrific and exactly the shot in the arm movies have been needing for far too long.
Edward Havens - FilmJerk.com
Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino return with a rousing tribute to the genre movies that inspired them.
Todd Gilchrist - IGN Movies