Jackie Brown

Starring: Robert Forster, Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Chris Tucker, Michael Keaton, Bridget Fonda, Michael Bowen

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Produced by: Miramax Films

Distributed by: Buena Vista, Miramax

Genre: drama

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Review by Xibo Date seen: December 30, 1997
Viewing Location: Ridgefield Park, NJ Grade: D
Summary: Eeewwwwwwwwwugh! Almost everything done wrong.
Quentin Tarrantino gives us his worst film to date in this noisy and clumsy tale about a black woman who tries to get away with committing a crime. The movie presents her as a goddess, but I just can't understand why. She's 44 years old, and yet they make like she's a beautiful babe. Everything tries to justify her actions. Michael Keaton plays the role of a government agent and throughout the film he has the expression on his face of "I can't believe I'm in this stupid film". Robert DeNiro's talents are completely wasted on as mumbling ex-con that spends the film in a drugged daze. The only good part to the piece is Samuel L. Jackson's performance, which he delivers in his usual excellent way. As for the noise, for some reason the director felt we needed to be punished with loud, bad 70's music. These tunes weren't even popular, and they're played extra loud. Overall, it was a major disappointment. 

Review by smeehrrr Date seen: February 7, 2000
Viewing Location: The Evil Empire Grade: A
Summary: A Worthy Effort
OK, I'm a big Pulp Fiction fan, so I was curious what Tarantino would come up with to follow it up. Would he strike out, as many directors have? It turns out he hasn't - Jackie Brown is a worthy successor to Pulp Fiction. It's a crime story, with double and triple crosses galore. Strong performances are turned in my most of the cast, particularly Samuel L. Jackson. The story is convoluted enough to keep you guessing, and Tarantino presents it in an interesting way, showing the same scene from multiple viewpoints. It's worth seeing, and it's worth owning, and Xibo is once again on the crack.  

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