(1993)

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100
San Francisco Chronicle
Anybody who talks about True Romance has to start with the writing. It's dazzling. In scene after scene, Tarantino surprises the audience even while coming up with dialogue that rings much more true than anything you could have anticipated. [10 Sept 1993]
75
Rolling Stone
The blistering confrontation scene between Hopper and Walken -- both in peak form -- will be talked about for years. It's pure Tarantino: a full-throttle blast of bloody action and verbal fireworks.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
True Romance, which feels at times like a fire sale down at the cliche factory, is made with such energy, such high spirits, such an enchanting goofiness, that it's impossible to resist. Check your brains at the door.
70
Blends and recycles elements of scores of crime and road movies, from "Bonnie and Clyde" to "Badlands" but it does so with enough energy and verve to create something entirely fresh and infectiously entertaining.
67
Austin Chronicle
Consistently entertaining.
63
ReelViews
Despite Tony Scott's occasional blundering, True Romance is still a visceral roller coaster.
60
Chicago Reader
As usual, Tarantino's sense of fun is infectious but fairly heartless.
50
Variety
It doesn't add up to enough, as preposterous plotting and graphic violence ultimately prove an audience turnoff.
30
Despite its noir references and evocations, this slick film, directed by Tony Scott from Quentin Tarantino's script, is a preposterously bloody mess, as is the plot.
10
Los Angeles Times
It is hard to say what is more dispiriting about True Romance the movie itself or the fact that someone somewhere is sure to applaud its hollow, dime-store nihilism and smug pseudo-hip posturing as a bright new day in American cinema. [10 Sept 1993]

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