Django Unchained (2012)

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Critic Consensus: Bold, bloody, and stylistically daring, Django Unchained is another incendiary masterpiece from Quentin Tarantino.


Movie Info

Set in the South two years before the Civil War, Django Unchained stars Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long … More

Rating: R (for strong graphic violence throughout, a vicious fight, language and some nudity)
Genre: Western, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Quentin Tarantino
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 16, 2013
Box Office: $162.8M
Runtime:
The Weinstein Co. - Official Site

Cast


as Django

as Dr. King Schultz

as Calvin Candie

as Billy Crash

as Broomhilda

as Leonide Moguy

as Lara Lee Candie-Fitz...

as Big John Brittle

as Big Daddy

as Dollar Bill

as Ace Speck

as Dicky Speck

as U.S. Marshal Gill Ta...

as Bag Head #2

as Mr. Stonesipher

as Old Man Carrucan

as Bar Patron

as Sheriff Bill Sharp

as Son of a Gunfighter

as Daughter of Son of a...

as Lil Raj Brittle

as Ellis Brittle

as Sheriff Gus

as d'Artagnan

as Tracker

as Tracker

as Tracker

as Tracker

as Tracker

as Tracker

as LeQuint Dickey Minin...

as LeQuint Dickey Minin...

as LeQuint Dickey Minin...

as Thaddeus
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Critic Reviews for Django Unchained

All Critics (247) | Top Critics (48)

Django Unchained is 165 minutes and nothing much happens beyond talk and the provision of corpses. The plot lurches around and the artful structure of Pulp Fiction has been abandoned.

Full Review… | June 13, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

Obscurely referential, extremely indulgent, and deliriously over-the-top, Django is -- in other words -- everything you'd expect from a Tarantino joint.

Full Review… | August 18, 2014
Under the Radar

Overlong, self-indulgent garbage with a portrayal of a "house Negro" that is a grotesque distortion of a sad reality.

Full Review… | December 23, 2013
rec.arts.movies.reviews

It is plainly a nonstop riot of humor and excitement, and one that matches its delicate nature with an equally calculated sense of importance in leading us to the most satisfying climax possible.

Full Review… | July 30, 2013
Cinemaphile.org

If the slightly rambling Django Unchained is 'lesser Tarantino' -- you know, only a B instead of an A -- it's still a heady, delirious good time.

Full Review… | July 28, 2013
TwitchFilm

You will definitely get your money's worth. But this is one of Tarantino's minor works.

Full Review… | June 23, 2013
Deadspin

Audience Reviews for Django Unchained

½

The new Tarantino flick, I gotta be cruel, there can't be any favours now, straight down the line. So first off I've never really been much of a Tarantino fan, the guy made two decent films many many years ago ('Pulp Fiction' and 'Reservoir Dogs') and has pretty much lived off the reputation he gained ever since.

So what we have here is a 60/70's type retro homage to the classic violent westerns of that time mainly made by Leone. The thing is this film is not a spaghetti western, it may look like one or try to imitate one but its not. The term spaghetti western was coined during the 60's for western films that were made in Italy/Spain with Italians and other Euro folk, for budgetary reasons. This is a mega budget film jam packed with huge squillion dollar earning stars, far from the source material methinks.

Think 'The Man with the Iron Fists' and you're on the right track my friends, this is a western equivalent. This may have worked much better with more of an unknown cast. The huge overpaid names hired tend to detach you from the reality of the setting, you'd think Tarantino would know better.

The plot is the standard revenge one but with a difference, this western is all about African slaves, one particular slave fighting back, fighting the man. Now this is a plus point for the film as its not shying away from real history unlike many old westerns. This is a great concept for a great realistic drama/thriller, unfortunately what we get is yet another typical Tarantino personal fanboy flick which kinda borders on old blaxploitation flicks. You could almost say the film has Superfly stylings, Jamie Foxx's character turns from innocent slave to Shaft in the wild west accompanied by a dreadful soundtrack to boot, there's even rap in this!

Yes the film is violent which is cool but again Tarantino just goes way over board almost making the film a spoof in some places. Now having ridiculously huge exploding bloody squibs is top stuff, exhibit A: 'Robocop' and 'Total Recall'...the 90's version of course, what do you take me for?! geez! But these films were futuristic sci-fi so you could believe the excess blood as possible with futuristic weapons. This film is a period set western so it is totally ludicrous looking, of course its not suppose to be a serious film but these little things matter for your suspension of disbelief.

To be honest I was kinda expecting an old style western much like Eastwood classics such as the 'Dollars' trilogy or 'Josey Wales' or the original 'Django' even! But alas I was disappointed with this film, disappointed to see its just another excuse for Tarantino to use profanity and needless violence for almost three hours!!! wha?!!

Acting is pretty terrible from everybody bar Waltz who really should be in more serious epic roles where his talent would be better shown off. Jackson is perfect for the film as he gets to shout and swear continuously using his two favourite words whilst showing very little other talent, this man is the most over hyped actor in cinematic history. Didn't care about any of the characters a tall, only Waltz gave an interesting turn as the innocent peaceful dentist with a lethal hidden skill. Maybe they should of used Denzel Washington for Django, Foxx is bland and dull.

Not advisable to watch if you're a touchy liberal lefty that's for sure, this film may be a homage of sorts but the 'N' word is said so much you may come out thinking its OK to use it much like any other naughty word. I realise this film has done well but I simply can't understand why, I've seen a whole string of films recently which are far superior to this. For me this had potential to be a really good serious western ala 'Unforgiven' but instead its just more funky Tarantino retro trash.

phubbs1
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

½

A time pass flick that falters a bit too much towards the ending.

imrealgod
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

½

"Django Unchained" is a very interesting, well-edited, well-directed and acted film, but it's also an uncomfortable film. Whether you have a problem with the violent depiction of slavery, the idea of a slave hero taking revenge, the torture that's shown, the death, or the blood, it just doesn't go down easy. As an action film it works rather well, and the fact that Django (Foxx) is out for vengeance against those that have wronged him and his wife, makes it one of the better motivated films about revenge. It also puts traditionally shown torture in exploitation films into a new context, as it's realistic and historically accurate, which only adds to the unsettling quality of the film. Christoph Waltz gives an amazing performance as a character that so rarely gets written or shown onscreen. Leonardo DiCaprio is very malevolent as Calvin Candie, showing us a villain that is almost unknowing of the absolute cruelty he inflicts, while also being arrogant, pompous, and spoiled. As a dandy he is nothing but interesting, although much more awe-inspiring is Samuel L. Jackson as the head house slave Stephen. His performance was incomparable, obviously the more complex and entertaining villain, even alongside Candie's absolute evilness. Stephen is both treacherous and crafty, unlike many villains seen before, and the fact that he betrays his own people makes him the more hated. The ending is where this film lost me. It kind of peters out here and there before gaining back its momentum, inevitably slowing to a grave pace at certain points. While the ending was significant in the awesomeness of the action, it felt tacked on in some way, less satisfying than if Django outright won, without consequence. That may seem selfish of me to say, and small minded, but a shootout would have felt better deserved.

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Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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