Clarence marries hooker Alabama, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood, while the owners of the coke try to reclaim it.
Richard Corliss If shoot-'em-up, gobble-'em-down movies like The Fugitive and Jurassic Park are rated PG-13 these days, what does an R-rated action adventure look like? Like True Romance: violent to a fault, glam to the max.
Variety Staff Provides some amazing encounters, bravura acting turns and gruesome carnage. But it doesn't add up to enough.
Geoff Andrew If the romance seldom seems 'true', the spiralling violence (script, Quentin Tarantino) does succeed, in a brutish, cod-Jacobean kind of way.
Janet Maslin This film's various outrages are committed unapologetically, and are very much in the service of its bizarre story.
Desson Thomson Sifting through the bloody, pulpy trash of True Romance -- should you care to -- you'll find amusing, smart-alecky nuggets planted by screenwriter Quentin Tarantino.
Richard Harrington The movie may be stylistically visceral, but it's aesthetically corrupt. It might as well have been called Pump Up the Violence.
John Hartl If you're in the mood for this sort of absurd, violent nonsense ... True Romance does deliver.