(2007)

Critic Reviews

77

Metascore

Based on 36 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Grindhouse, like "Ed Wood" and "Boogie Nights," celebrates how certain low-grade entertainment, viewed in hindsight, looks different now than it did then, since we can see the ''innocence'' of its creation -- the handmade quality of it -- in a world not yet ruled by corporate technology.
88
By stooping low without selling out, this babes-and-bullets tour de force gets you high on movies again.
88
Tarantino and Rodriguez want you to cover your eyes in disbelief and get the unholy giggles at the same time. You do, but in two very different ways, and that's the movie's strength.
88
Critics are already comparing the two movies and largely agreeing that Tarantino?s story about a psychopathic stuntman who targets women for highway carnage is the best. I disagree.
88
Premiere
As much as I enjoyed much of it, I hope Grindhouse doesn't start any trends. Exploitation cinema is combustible stuff that only highly trained professionals should be permitted to play with.
80
Wall Street Journal
Value has been added as well -- the most thrilling car chase ever committed to film, a sequence that also shows, by cutting to the psychosexual chase, why fans embraced the tawdry genre in the first place.
80
A fascinating exercise in genre reinvention, a showcase for two radically different approaches to homage.
75
The Rodriguez segment is terrific; the Tarantino one long-winded and juvenile.
75
Though it could probably use an intermission, Grindhouse is three hours of mostly campy fun.
75
Chicago Tribune
Gives dumpster-divers a chance to slum in the antiseptic safety of a multiplex. (Planet Terror ** (out of four) / Death Proof ***1/2 (out of four).
70
The Hollywood Reporter
If you were keeping score, it would be Quentin Tarantino 1, Robert Rodriguez 0.
63
Their exhaustive tribute to hungry zombies, fast girls and faster cars is . . . exhausting, if intermittently entertaining.

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