90

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
One of the best movies of the year and by far the most entertaining.
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88

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Hackman is unexpectedly hilarious. With protruding top teeth and a professorial beard, he's a motormouth, badgering and abusing one minute, wheedling and fawning the next.
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88

San Francisco Examiner

This movie is charming the way so few movies are anymore.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
With Get Shorty, Sonnenfeld has shown that broad appeal doesn't necessarily equate with stupidity. That's a lesson Hollywood should learn.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The picture has enough assets to please moviegoers willing to put up with its many four-letter words and the bursts of violence that spring from nowhere at unexpected moments. [27 October 1995, Arts Film, p.12]
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Get Shorty is exquisitely cast, with droll, well-nuanced performances.
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75

USA Today

By Staff [Not Credited]
Though it sounds like a blueprint for either disaster or dynamite, the movie is a bit too controlled to be either.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
One of the sharper, funnier, better-cast, better-written movies around right now. But there's something about it that, well, comes up short. [20 October 1995, Friday, p.C]
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60

Mr. Showbiz

By F. X. Feeney
A smirky black comedy that, like its John Lurie score, is jazzy, dry, and light on its feet.
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82 out of 100
Universal acclaim
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.