Pulp Fiction

Movie review by
Marjorie Kase, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Tarantino's masterpiece. Entertaining, yet violent.
  • R
  • 1994
  • 154 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 85 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 187 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The film's extreme violence and drug use without legal consequences supercedes any of its socially redeemable qualities.

Positive Role Models & Representations

No positive role models here.


Rape, drug overdose, car accidents, shootings, killings, vast amounts of blood, and so much more.


Includes characters discussing oral sex, plus depictions of sadomasochism.


Holds the record for most use of the "F" words in any film (271 times). Plenty of racial slurs, too.


References to Burger King. Mock brand fast food products.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Heroin use plays a major role in the film. A character smokes pot using a bong.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film glorifies violence, drug use, and sexual themes. Gunplay, robbery, swearing, drug use, drug dealing, lying, cheating, violence, male rape, sadomasochism, and driving under the influence. A character is shot in the face and it's played for jokes. In one extremely graphic scene (one that supposedly incited seizures in some epileptic audience members), a character plunges a syringe into a woman's chest to save her from experiencing a heroin overdose. The director seems to mock product placement by featuring original brands created for the film.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydalton81000 December 27, 2011

It's not as bad as CSM says it is.

It's not as bad as some people actually say it is. I saw this movie when I was 12 years old. My mom said it was the most violent movie she had ever saw in... Continue reading
Written byAnonymous June 23, 2020

fantastic and not very objectionable

although i, personally, think tarantino’s best film is reservoir dogs or inglourious basterds, this movie is a close third, with extremely entertaining dialogue... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byGeneralKenobi October 23, 2019

One of the greatest films of all time.

This movie is fantastic. One of my all time favorites. Although, it is important to keep in mind the mature themes in the film, such as drug abuse, murder, rape... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byDoruksesli November 27, 2020

Fine for mature teens

I think that if your child can tell the difference between fiction and real life they should be allowed to watch it

What's the story?

PULP FICTION combines four storylines, revealing them in a non-linear fashion, using an immense all-star cast of characters connected in seemingly random ways. They include professional hit men Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) and Vince (John Travolta), their powerful drug-dealing boss Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames), Wallace's wife, Mia (Uma Thurman), aging boxer Butch (Bruce Willis), and a host of others. Each character encounters each other throughout the film, resulting in a chain of events that changes the course of their lives.

Is it any good?

This movie boasts groundbreaking direction, cinematography, screenwriting, soundtrack, and extraordinary performances (particularly by Thurman, Travolta, and Jackson). Pulp Fiction had an immeasurable impact on both mainstream and independent filmmaking in the '90s. Despite the film's innovation and success, however, the extreme violence and sexual content featured in the film makes it wholly inappropriate for kids and all but the most mature teens.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the film's popularity, despite its majorly mature content. What role did sex, violence, drug use, and language play in this film's success? Did you find anything here offensive -- or does the humorous tone somehow soften the content?

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