It doesn't stand the test of time all that well but it's a nice look at a young Tarantino living out his adolescent fantasies with a talented cast. I don't think Tony Scott was the right choice for this film. It needed to be more off beat and ethereal to reach cult status.
Cool moments aplenty in this film but my favorite moment is when Dennis Hopper gets interrogated by Christopher Walken, but it is Patricia Arquette who steal the film as she is absolutely gorgeous as Alabama in this great ensemble. Tony Scott usually made inferior but effective Hollywood films, but this one manage to be something special (with good help from Tarantino's script) and is his best directed film.
I think Scott gets it wrong. Tarantino's original text was a characteristic jumble of scenes & chronologies. It had a Chinese whispers quality, where the narrative is refracted through a movie geek protagonist trying to see his life in terms of Charles Bronson/Sonny Chiba movies. Scott reduces this to a mere surface, turning the story into a straightforward account; sentimentality soaked in 80s action cinema gloss.
(...) True Romance sind die feuchten Träume eines Teenagers, der Martial Arts Filme liebt, Waffen und Mädchen mit dicken Dingern. Schlecht ist der Film deshalb nicht, es braucht nur den richtigen Zugang. True Romance öffnet einfach ganz viele Schubladen voller Klischees und sortiert. Das aber mit solcher Energie, soviel Spass und derartig bekloppten Einlagen, dass ich mich nur schwer dagegen wehren konnte!(...)
This is one of my absolute favorite films. With a great script from Quentin Tarantino, excellent direction from Tony Scott, and the electric chemistry of Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette, on top of all the incredible supporting characters and you have a pretty fucking amazing motion picture.