Lionsgate Pulp Fiction

Last updated date: July 12, 2019

DWYM Score
8.4

Lionsgate Pulp Fiction

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Overall Take

There are few movies that have made the impact that Lionsgate's "Pulp Fiction" did upon its release in 1994. The dialogue makes the characters leap off the screen, and the story draws you in. It's important to note that this film holds an R rating for violence, language and adult themes. So it may be best to watch during a movie night that doesn't include children. In our analysis of 120 expert reviews, the Lionsgate Lionsgate Pulp Fiction placed 1st when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 12, 2019:
Checkout The Best Fiction Movie for a detailed review of all the top fiction movies.

Expert Summarized Score
8.1
12 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.9
1,646,275 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
If the situations are inventive and original, so is the dialogue. A lot of movies these days use flat, functional speech: The characters say only enough to advance the plot. But the people in "Pulp Fiction" are in love with words for their own sake. The dialogue by Tarantino and Avary is off the wall sometimes, but that's the fun. It also means that the characters don't all sound the same: Travolta is laconic, Jackson is exact, Plummer and Roth are dopey lovey-doveys, Keitel uses the shorthand of the busy professional, Thurman learned how to be a moll by studying soap operas.
- Roger Ebert
In 1994, all the talk was of former video-store clerk Tarantino's indifference to traditional culture. That patronised his sophisticated cinephilia, and in fact, 20 years on, the writerly influences of Edward Bunker, Elmore Leonard and Jim Thompson seem very prominent. Don DeLillo began the 90s by warning that the US is the only country in the world with funny violence. Maybe Pulp Fiction was the kind of thing he had in mind. Unmissable.
- The Guardian
More protean than Dogs, more fun than Jackie Brown, Pulp is so perfectly wrought it makes you forgive the crimes against cinema that Tarantino has perpetrated with his acting. Three great movies for the pries of one, the anaemic rip-offs that have followed have only served to sharpen its greatness.
- Empire
Pulp Fiction proves that Tarantino is the ideal director for preserving the verbal rhythm and wicked playfulness of his scripts. He revels in pop culture, especially that of the 70s, and he’s no snob; The French New Wave or blaxploitation, The Wild Bunch or The Brady Bunch — it’s all grist. Unlike other raiders of Hitchcock, Howard Hawks and Sam Fuller, Tarantino has found his own voice.
- Rolling Stone
Some of Tarantino’s lines are so pure, you could mix ‘em with 80 percent talcum powder and still make a big haul by selling in an alley somewhere. Visually, Tarantino’s got the thing covered too. The thing comes at you in even crazier ways than you’d expect from a room full of head cases.
- The Hollywood Reporter
John Travolta makes his dialogue so silky, his actions so smooth. Judging or pitying these characters as incompetent clods never comes to mind, because Tarantino has shrouded them in an atmosphere where they remain the epitome of cool, largely through their prose. Nevermind their stations; how they behave and talk is what matters. The reality is, Vega’s movements seem precise and the character in absolute control, particularly during the beloved twist sequence, because Tarantino has made the audience overlook that the high-grade heroin in his needle has probably slowed him down and made him this way.
- Deep Focus Review
Witty, stylish, and romantic to its dark heart, PULP FICTION is a compulsively funny and strangely dreamy look at the criminals, hangers-on, and low-life scum who populate a glamorously sleazy Los Angeles of the mind.
- TV Guide
It’s not that Tarantino has no life, it’s that his life is the movies. Much like his characters, the director can only live by engaging cinema.
- Slant Magazine
All the details are executed to perfection. Ironies abound in the smallest situations. One death is caused by, of all things, a poptart. And it takes a director of rare talent to find the comedy in so many macabre situations. This goes beyond gallows humor. Mixing the original with the derivative, Tarantino pushes Pulp Fiction in directions that are equally anticipated and unexpected.
- Reel Views
Director Quentin Tarantino “stays with his characters,” looping from end, to middle, to beginning, and back again, to deliver what is basically a day-in-the-life story.
- Movie Guide
What experts didn't like
Suffice it to say, the revenge isn’t pretty. Neither is the mess when Vincent accidentally blows the head off a guy in the back seat of the car Jules is driving.
- Rolling Stone
PULP FICTION isn't all flash and chronological sleight-of-hand.
- TV Guide
The 2:35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer on this Pulp Fiction Collector’s Edition DVD is serviceable despite some major halos. Contrast is sharp and blacks are adequate. The film has never sounded as good as it does now.
- Slant Magazine
However, “staying with his characters” also means the viewer gets the chatter, the discussions, the inanities that go on when the characters are not blowing someone to pieces.
- Movie Guide

From The Manufacturer

Writer/director Quentin Tarantino delivers an unforgettable cast of characters -- including a pair of low-rent hit men, their boss's sexy wife, and a desperate prizefighter -- in a wildly entertaining and exhilarating motion picture adventure that both thrills and amuses!

Overall Product Rankings

Lionsgate Pulp Fiction
1. Lionsgate Pulp Fiction
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 12
Paramount Pictures Star Trek
2. Paramount Pictures Star Trek
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 14
Warner Bros. Jupiter Ascending
3. Warner Bros. Jupiter Ascending
Overall Score: 6.7
Expert Reviews: 13
Universal Studios Dune
4. Universal Studios Dune
Overall Score: 6.7
Expert Reviews: 7
Paramount Pictures Star Trek: Insurrection
5. Paramount Pictures Star Trek: Insurrection
Overall Score: 6.4
Expert Reviews: 10
Lionsgate Daybreakers
6. Lionsgate Daybreakers
Overall Score: 6.2
Expert Reviews: 10
Dreamworks What Lies Beneath
7. Dreamworks What Lies Beneath
Overall Score: 5.4
Expert Reviews: 10
Paramount Pictures Next
8. Paramount Pictures Next
Overall Score: 5.1
Expert Reviews: 8
Europa The Circle
9. Europa The Circle
Overall Score: 4.0
Expert Reviews: 11
Paramount Pictures Transformers: The Last Knight
10. Paramount Pictures Transformers: The Last Knight
Overall Score: 3.8
Expert Reviews: 13

An Overview On Fiction Movies

It’s never been easier to watch a movie. At the click of a remote button, you can access whatever movie suits your mood, whether it was released earlier this year or decades ago. Some movies are available for free with a subscription, while others cost only a few dollars to rent or buy.

Before you commit to a movie, though, you may wonder if it’s worth the time investment. There are some films that are so well-known, all you need to hear is a title to know what you’ll get. However, even a good reputation doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll like a movie. Some viewers prefer intense action with plenty of fight scenes, while others like comedy woven into their films, no matter the genre.

If you’re renting or buying an older movie, one big question you’ll likely have is whether it stands the test of time. Today’s TVs are built to render visuals in vivid detail, so you’ll want to make sure your chosen movie supports that. Many older films have been digitally remastered to meet today’s high-definition standards, but you may find that not all of the movies online offer that.

In addition to visuals, the content of the movies themselves don’t always stand the test of time. What was unique or relevant to previous generations may no longer hold up. Some classics have been heavily imitated as well, making them seem less original when viewed after their successors. If you can think of the movie you’re watching in context, you’ll probably enjoy it more than if you compare it to today’s pop culture trends.

Lastly, you may wonder if the movie you’re choosing is family-friendly. Even if you won’t be watching with children, this is relevant. Profanity, violence and other mature content can be disturbing to some viewers, especially in extreme amounts. It’s important to look into that before you choose a movie to view, even if you’re watching a film that’s considered a classic.

DWYM Fun Fact

The first step toward streaming movies at home is to set your TV up to access streaming services like Amazon Prime, Hulu and Netflix. If you have an Amazon Prime membership, the TV shows and movies that are part of its service are included in your subscription. A smart TV will connect to your home’s Wi-Fi and let you navigate to those services using your remote. You’ll need to set up a username and password first, which can be easier on a computer or mobile device, and then simply input your password using your remote. You can also rent movies using your cable or dish provider’s on-demand service or through Redbox, which offers both a streaming service and actual DVDs you can pick up at their physical locations.

The Fiction Movie Buying Guide

  • Released in 1994, Lionsgate’s “Pulp Fiction” was the movie that put director Quentin Tarantino on the map. It’s a collection of stories, woven together in creative ways. At the time, it was a gangster movie unlike anything ever seen before, bringing comedy and realistic dialogue to a genre that was traditionally very serious. The dialogue is, indeed, one of the best things about “Pulp Fiction,” making characters jump off the screen and entertaining you from start to finish.
  • No matter when you were born, there’s no escaping the ongoing legacy of the “Star Trek” series. In 2009, Paramount Pictures rebooted the franchise with “Lost” producer J.J. Abrams behind the camera, taking the series back to the beginning. The movie was a big hit upon its release, bringing fresh faces to the characters previous generations knew all too well.
  • Although Warner Bros.’ “Jupiter Ascending” was a bomb when it was initially released, it might be worth checking out now that you can rent it for a low price. The biggest problem with “Jupiter Ascending” was the expense to make it, putting it in the tough position of needing to sell an extraordinary amount of tickets once it hit theaters. But you can’t go wrong with stars Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, and a space opera just sounds like a great time, no matter what it’s about.
  • In 2020, “Dune” releases in theaters, remaking a film that has become a cult classic over the years. In 1984, Universal Studios’ “Dune” came out to bad reviews and lackluster ticket sales. Perhaps the most interesting thing about “Dune” is that it was made by a director with no interest in science fiction, yet somehow it’s managed to engage sci-fi fans in recent years. It’s also well worth watching to see Patrick Stewart early in his career.
  • Whether you’re sharing movie night with children or not, content is important. Paramount Pictures’ “Star Trek,” Warner Bros.’ “Jupiter Ascending,” and Universal Studios’ “Dune” are all PG-13, making them suitable for audiences ages 13 and up. Lionsgate’s “Pulp Fiction,” on the other hand, has an R rating. If you’re averse to profanity, you’ll particularly want to avoid “Pulp Fiction” and “Star Trek,” since both feature strong language.
  • Although Lionsgate’s “Pulp Fiction” has plenty of light moments, don’t be fooled by the comedy. The movie has some extremely violent moments, as well as mature content involving drugs and sex.
  • Often what you sign up for when you rent or buy a movie is enjoyable characters. You won’t get much better than Lionsgate’s “Pulp Fiction” when it comes to that. The dialogue brings the characters to life, making them likable even when they’re doing very unlikable things. Paramount Pictures’ “Star Trek” doesn’t disappoint, either, staying true to the original characterizations of both Captain Kirk and Spock. With Warner Bros.’ “Jupiter Ascending,” you may struggle with the characters at times, but Channing Tatum’s performance makes the hero likable. Dune packs in director David Lynch’s famed abstract style, with characters who are likably quirky.
  • If you enjoyed “Pulp Fiction” 25 years ago, you’ll find it just as powerful as it was originally. Even if you’re new to the film, though, you’ll still find it entertaining and unique.
  • Paramount Pictures’ “Star Trek” had some big shoes to feel, and it did so capably. However, you won’t find the film as cerebral as “Pulp Fiction.” It’s designed for entertainment, with a big special effects budget that provides plenty to watch.
  • With Warner Bros.’ “Jupiter Ascending,” you may find the story a bit hard to follow, and the characters don’t have quite the development necessary to make it a character-driven film.
  • Universal Studios’ “Dune” is one of those movies that seem to get better in retrospect. Today’s viewers can appreciate the artistic vision Lynch brought to the project. Since the screenplay follows the book fairly closely, that means you’ll also get a legitimately riveting story as well.