'Jackie Brown' Critic Reviews

89%
MovieWeb:   3 reviews
86%
Rotten Tomatoes:   77 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    67
    It's like a scuzz-bucket film noir directed by Stanley Kubrick at his most static-mesmeric.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Janet Maslin New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    For all its enthusiasm, this film isn't sharp enough to afford all the time it wastes on small talk, long drives, trips to the mall and favorite songs played on car radios.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Mike Clark USA Today (Top Critic)
    75
    Between Jackson's opining and De Niro's hopeless alibis when he messes up, Jackie is good for a bundle of bloody ho-ho-hos.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Jeff Millar Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    Turns out that author Elmore Leonard and director Quentin Tarantino are not the odd couple after all.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • David Denby New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    Working from an Elmore Leonard novel, Tarantino has created a gangster fiction that is never larger than life and sometimes smaller.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    100
    This is the movie that proves Tarantino is the real thing, and not just a two-film wonder boy.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Quentin Tarantino puts together a fairly intricate and relatively uninvolving money-smuggling plot, but his cast is so good that you probably won't feel cheated.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Susan Stark Detroit News (Top Critic)
    50
    [A] surprisingly sluggish Tarantino piece.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Andrew Sarris New York Observer (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    Offers an abundance of pleasures, especially in the realm of characterization and atmosphere.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    75
    Beyond the grasp of most directors, this is tour de force stuff -- definitely meriting the price of admission and almost worth the three-year wait.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Charles Taylor Salon.com (Top Critic)
    [Tarantino] wanted to give Grier a role worthy of her, and he has. If only he'd given her a movie worthy of her as well.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • David Edelstein Slate (Top Critic)
    The film is more Jarmusch than Peckinpah -- its soul is in the minutiae.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    75
    An entertaining diversion, but not a masterpiece.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    50
    A leisurely and easygoing diversion that goes down easy enough but is far from compelling.
    Full Review » 13 years ago
  • Brian Gibson Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
    While Jackie Brown can be too languid, drifting like one of Melanie's highs, its wearied, over-40 lows reveal Tarantino as a director who, once upon a crime, could've mined complexity and depth from the cracks and crevices of American genre movies.
    Full Review » 1 year ago
  • R. L. Shaffer IGN DVD
    90
    A much moodier, slower pace from Tarantino's other work, but Jackie Brown is one enjoyable flick that rewards its audience with each viewing.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Walter Chaw Film Freak Central
    100
    might be his best film
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Canavese Groucho Reviews
    88
    Succeeds as a witty Elmore Leonard crime story...but also as a surprisingly affecting mid-life romance. [Blu-ray]
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Sean Axmaker Parallax View
    Tarantino's films aren't so much stories as strings of anecdotes: movie moments, urban myths, conversations strewn with pop culture references.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Charles Cassady Common Sense Media
    60
    Mellower Tarantino still has sex, drugs, swearing, murder.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Jason Zingale Bullz-Eye.com
    80
    Loaded with all the crisp dialogue, trademark camera work, and memorable characters that we've come to expect from every Tarantino film.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Rob Gonsalves eFilmCritic.com
    100
    Consider it a superb Elmore Leonard adaptation by a filmmaker who knows how to serve someone else's material while making it his own.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Maitland McDonagh TV Guide's Movie Guide
    75
    That this modest crime thriller can't quite live up to its audacious dance across so many strata of hip and hommage and self-referential cool it makes your head spin is hardly a surprise, or even a criticism.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • David Ansen Newsweek
    The tale is filled with funny, gritty Tarantino lowlife gab and a respectable body count, but what is most striking is the film's gallantry and sweetness.
    Full Review » 7 years ago