“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