I think there are many stellar moments in Quentin Tarantino's first two films, but Jackie Brown seems to showcase his best talents (crackling dialogue, crime stories, subverting traditional narrative structure) and wraps them around a compelling group of characters (could that be the influence of Elmore Leonard, who's book Rum Punch is the basis for the movie?) and an even more compelling ensemble of actors.
There is also an underlying layer of bittersweetness, heartache, and longing, most emulated by the rundown title character played by Pam Grier and by Robert Forester's world-weary bail bondsman. Reaching out for a moment of connection and understanding, Grier asks him sincerely, "How do you feel about getting old?" Her emotional vulnerability and honesty is heartbreaking.
—Reporting From Glendale, California