Tarantino's dialogue, with its densely propulsive, almost lawyerly fervor, its peppery comic blend of literacy and funk, has more snap and fight than most directors' action scenes.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
One of the coolest things about Pulp Fiction is its many links to other pleasures.
Dean Essner - Entertainment Weekly
A triumphant, cleverly disorienting journey through a demimonde that springs entirely from Mr. Tarantino's ripe imagination, a landscape of danger, shock, hilarity and vibrant local color.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
The experience overall is like laughing down a gun barrel, a little bit tiring, a lot sick and maybe far too perverse for less jaded moviegoers.
Rita Kempley - Washington Post
Brilliant and brutal, funny and exhilarating, jaw-droppingly cruel and disarmingly sweet.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
The movie resurrects not only an aging genre but also a few careers.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
If you smile at David Mamet's dialogue, you'll laugh out loud at the words of Quentin Tarantino.
Gene Siskel - Chicago Tribune
The overall project is evident: to evict real life and real people from the art film and replace them with generic teases and assorted hommages. Don't expect any of the life experiences of the old movie sources to leak through.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
A spectacularly entertaining piece of pop culture.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
Writer/director Quentin Tarantino demonstrates his encyclopedic grasp of filmmaking by bending, chopping and deconstructing narrative while keeping a groovy beat.
Lucy Mohl - Film.com
The whole is finally greater than the sum of its pulpy parts.
John Hartl - Film.com
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
All the details are executed to perfection. Ironies abound in the smallest situations.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Tarantino's guilty secret, which the international critics should have noticed, is that his films are cultural hybrids.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
There's a special kick that comes from watching something this thrillingly alive.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Its dedicated fan-base and the pop-culture reverberations that have flowed steadily from it, almost 20 years on, echo Tarantino's achievements with Pulp Fiction. Unassailable filmmaking.
Patrick Kolan - Shotgun Critic
Some of its strengths still impress. There's the trivial-turned-menacing, the gangster-gone-poppy, and the various sadnesses, poignancies, and tragic pointlessnesses that seep out of the best noirs.
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Seventeen years on, Pulp Fiction still works like a motherfucker
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
A balls-out postmodern comedy par excellence. It's a Royale with Cheese. [Blu-ray]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Look deeply enough, and the universe emerges in full.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
[VIDEO] After reinventing American cinema with his thrilling first film "Reservoir Dogs," Quentin Tarantino delivered an even better one, "Pulp Fiction."
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
A modern classic, more memorable than the 1970s flicks that inspired it.
Dean Essner - Film4
The way that this picture has been so widely ravened up and drooled over verges on the disgusting. Pulp Fiction nourishes, abets, cultural slumming.
Stanley Kauffmann - New Republic
Stanley Kauffmann - The New Republic
Samuel L. Jackson's wallet from the film is sitting in my back pocket right now. Enough said.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
But what makes the film such wicked fun is the way Tarantino delivers the familiar with a twist. He continually prepares us for one thing and then delivers another.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
Tarantino shows penchant for the rhythm of words--the banter has the drollery of gangland Samuel Beckett--and he's also good at taking seemingly routine situations and giving them a sudden vertiginous twist, such as the farcical drug overdoze scene.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
It's the way Tarantino embellishes and, finally, interlinks these old chestnuts that makes the film alternately exhilarating and frustrating.
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
In most cases, the three-act, A-to-B-to-C film formula works just fine. But the letter Q makes the other letters obsolete.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
A devilishly lurid blast of great entertainment. Ultra-violent and wickedly funny.
Chuck O'Leary - Fantastica Daily
A brash, smart, wildly entertaining movie that will be oft imitated but never duplicated.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
Ce film represente le summum de la carriere de Tarantino
Louis-Jerome Cloutier - Panorama
It can be a difficult, rattling experience, but this reviewer has found its rewards to vastly outweigh its weaknesses.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
There's cleverness at work...but Tarantino's 154-minute film rambles with nihilist fantasy and pop in-jokes.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
Pulp Fiction is the best film of 1994, and of this decade.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
The most original and satisfying film of the year.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Without its commitment to an idea of salvation, Pulp Fiction would be little more than a terrific parlor trick; with it, it's something far richer and more haunting.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
This fictional world, though rendered imaginatively, can't sustain the movie.
Marc Vincenti - Palo Alto Weekly
This film is a conceptual tour-de-force.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Pulp Fiction is the first masterwork of the post-modern pop culture generation.
Brad Laidman - Film Threat
..Tarantino has created a wonderfully unapologetic spectacle of characters emerging from the dark side to try and wrestle with the meaning of life.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
This one is good, real goooood.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
...postmodernism in a frenzy, a kind of chaotic quantum physics of film.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Quentin Tarantino's second feature, Pulp Fiction, is at once immensely entertaining and remarkably weightless.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
A truly extraordinary film.
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Samuel L. Jackson is the beating heart of Pulp Fiction, and his performance alone would make this well worth your while.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
On the whole, Tarantino is in dazzling command of his story's myriad moods, and there are sequences as gripping and suspenseful as any ever put on celluloid.
Stephen Farber - Movieline
It's hard to over sell a movie that is so supremely confident in writing and direction.
Almar Haflidason - BBC
One of the most audacious, confounding, and ultimately exciting pieces of cinema to hit the screen in years.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
This is a work of such giddy vitality and unrepentant excess that you'll not only overlook its flaws; you'll be compelled to embrace them.
Dan Jardine - Apollo Guide
Pulp Fiction is great American entertainment, a stylish and foxy comedy of errors.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Royale with cheese, baby, royale with cheese.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
How many movies have there been since which have copied this "formula" that are as fresh, energetic, alive and exciting?
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
It's the movie equivalent of that rare sort of novel where you find yourself checking to see how many pages are left and hoping there are more, not fewer.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
See it on a big screen with lots of folks in the audience for maximum enjoyment.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
A weird collection of inter-connected crime stories peopled by a weirder collection of thugs than Damon Runyan could have imagined on drugs. This is a film with comedy, heavy violence, some terrific dialogue, and a whole lot of entertainment.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
I'll take Tarantino over Oliver Stone any day.
Chris Hicks - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Pulp Fiction is violent, profane and filled with addicts, racists and killers. At the same time, it may be one of the most moral stories the big screen has seen in years.
Scott Renshaw - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Rarely have I left a movie theatre more thrilled or invigorated as I did after leaving Pulp Fiction.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Brilliantly written and unfathomably cool, this would make a good case for most quotable crime movie of all time.
Ian Freer - Empire Magazine