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The reviews for "Grindhouse" the epic throwback to the bad horror/violence movies of the past directed by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino are in and they are good.  Really good.  A.O. Scott of the New York Times describes the film as an "exuberant, uneven tribute to the spirit of trash cinema."  He particularly likes Mr. Tarantino's film "Death Proof,"

Mr. Tarantino is another story — a connoisseur, a scholar and a bit of a highbrow. Not a snob though. Quite the opposite: He combs through trash in search of art and has done a lot to teach American audiences (and critics) to appreciate the formal seriousness and aesthetic sophistication of, for example, Asian action movies. “Death Proof” is in part a sincere tribute to the work of Monte Hellman, whose films have ascended from the fetor of their low-rent origins into the purer air of art houses and museum retrospectives, which is where they belong. Mr. Hellman was always a serious filmmaker, and Mr. Tarantino is too.

Owen Glieberman of Entertainment Weekly applauds the film for its authenticity.  "Tarantino and Rodriguez have conceived Grindhouse as an old-school, three-hour night at the movies, a trash-heaven double bill complete with scratchy mismatched prints, trailers for unspeakably bad slasher and revenge films (I loved the ones for Machete — ''He just f---ed with the wrong Mexican!'' — and the deeply sick Thanksgiving), even that twirling-rainbow ''Our Feature Presentation'' fanfare. Growing up in the '70s, I spent my share of time in grind-house theaters, and I can testify: This is exactly what it felt like." 

Dana Stevens of Slate writes, "It's tough to imagine how, or whether, Grindhouse will find an audience, given its behemoth running time and incessant referencing of pop-cultural trivia that will be alien to anyone under 30 and plenty of people much older than that. But you don't need to be an exploitation fanboy to appreciate the energy, imagination, and spirit with which Rodriguez and Tarantino pay homage to the cheapo cinema they love."

Philip Martin of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette observes, "Dense with allusive details and inside jokes, Grindhouse is a postmodern exercise in nostalgia undertaken by two smart filmmakers, with a lot of help from their friends. It seeks to re-create the experience of sitting in a seedy theater running nonstop exploitation films loadedwith gratuitous sex, violence and action."

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