'Get Shorty' Critic Reviews

87%
MovieWeb:   0 reviews
86%
Rotten Tomatoes:   51 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    67
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    67
    Full Review » 19 years ago
  • Janet Maslin New York Times (Top Critic)
    100
    It's part of the joke here that Chili is a die-hard cineaste and loves reminiscing about smart, stylish tough-guy films he has enjoyed. Get Shorty belongs on that list.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • USA Today (Top Critic)
    75
    Minor, but amusingly droll.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Desson Thomson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    90
    This comic potboiler about gangsters in Hollywood would be a great piece of fun even without Travolta. But as a loan shark from Miami with a charming bedside manner and bigtime movie dreams, he raises the fun quotient into the sublime.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Hal Hinson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    90
    Irresistibly charming.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    One of the pleasures of Get Shorty is watching the way the plot moves effortlessly from crime to the movies - not a long distance, since both industries are based on fear, greed, creativity and intimidation.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    An entertaining comedy-thriller adapted by Scott Frank from the Elmore Leonard best-seller and directed with bounce (if not much nuance) by Barry Sonnenfeld.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Susan Stark Detroit News (Top Critic)
    100
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Variety Staff Variety (Top Critic)
    A drolly offbeat look at Hollywood mores dedicated to the proposition that the best preparation for becoming a film producer is a stint in the criminal underworld.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    88
    While it's quite possible for the cinematically unaware to enjoy this film, this is a real treat for movie buffs. The story is as much about the love of motion pictures as it is about gangsters.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    90
    The result is one of the best movies of the year and by far the most entertaining.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    80
    In the category of amiable diversions it's awfully tough to improve on.
    Full Review » 14 years ago
  • Dennis Schwartz Ozus' World Movie Reviews
    92
    A pleasing satire on gangsters, hustlers and Hollywood.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Film4
    A freewheeling comedy-thriller with the gift of the gab.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • David Ansen Newsweek
    Hollywood has been in love with mobsters since the beginning of movies. But the other side of the equation has seldom been considered. That is, until now.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Harlan Jacobson TV Guide's Movie Guide
    75
    This Hollywood is the one we want to believe exists: no film school snots here, no MBA's, no dock-worker philosophers-turned-screenwriters. Just a town full of second-rate swindlers where a clear-eyed racketeer can keep his eye on the ball and rise.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • JoBlo JoBlo's Movie Emporium
    90
    A very cool, very fresh, very slick crime flick.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Time Out
    Everything clicks.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Jesse Hassenger PopMatters
    Sonnenfeld keeps all of this under two hours by cutting the movie at a dazzling clip.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Bullz-Eye.com
    80
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • David Nusair Reel Film Reviews
    50
    ...it seems clear that Get Shorty will appeal mostly to those familiar with the source material - as it has to be more coherent and fleshed out than this.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid
    100
    It's not an official masterpiece, but like Casablanca, it's a virtually flawless product of the Hollywood machine.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Matt Brunson Creative Loafing
    100
    Released in the shadow of Pulp Fiction, Get Shorty - for all its acclaim - has never received its due as one of the funniest Hollywood films of modern times.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Jules Brenner Cinema Signals
    100
    Full Review » 10 years ago