Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers (released in 1994) is an undoubtedly interesting film. It was now-famous director Quentin Tarantino that came up with the story for the film, which revolves around two people who suffered through bad and traumatic childhoods and who become lovers and engage in mass murder together. Natural Born Killers is a satire. It satirizes the media and the monsters that they glorify (monsters like Mickey and Mallory Knox, the lovers and murderers portrayed in the film).
While critics were lukewarm on the film, audiences loved the film. The divide in critic and audience scores on movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes is remarkable: critics approved of the film 47% of the time; audiences approved the film 81% of the time. Desson Thomas of The Washington Post didn't like the film, writing: "Welcome to Natural Born Killers, Stone's empty, manic meditation on society's glorification of violence and the ugly heroes it loves to hate." Because critics weren't too keen on the film, Natural Born Killers was nominated for only a single important award: the Golden Globe for Best Director for Oliver Stone. The film was also a moderate financial success. On a budget of $34 million, it made $50.3 million at the box office.