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Django Unchained (2012)


Average Rating: 8/10
Reviews Counted: 247
Fresh: 217
Rotten: 30

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

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 48
Fresh: 36
Rotten: 12

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


Average Rating: 4.3/5
User Ratings: 416,561


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

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


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Critic Reviews for Django Unchained

All Critics (247) | Top Critics (48) | Fresh (217) | Rotten (30) | DVD (2)

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

A film bursting with pleasures great and small ...

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

Django Unchained is Tarantino's most complete movie yet. It is also his most vital. His storytelling talents match the heft of the tale.

Full Review… | January 4, 2013
Denver Post
Top Critic

Django Unchained has mislaid its melancholy, and its bitter wit, and become a raucous romp. It is a tribute to the spaghetti Western, cooked al dente, then cooked a while more, and finally sauced to death.

Full Review… | January 4, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

Genre-movie-mad writer-director Quentin Tarantino's foray into Western World is a pretty grave disappointment.

Full Review… | January 2, 2013
MSN Movies
Top Critic

Wildly extravagant, ferociously violent, ludicrously lurid and outrageously entertaining, yet also, remarkably, very much about the pernicious lunacy of racism and, yes, slavery's singular horrors.

Full Review… | December 27, 2012
Wall Street Journal
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

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

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

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

Full Review… | June 23, 2013

Low-level Tarantino inspires exploration, but delivers little more than a blood bath.

Full Review… | June 18, 2013
Cinema Sight

The fear, anger and betrayal in Jackson's eyes, when Stephen feels his place is threatened, says more about the cruelties of slavery than the ultra- violent, sickening passages of "Django Unchained."

Full Review… | May 23, 2013
Sacramento Bee

Tarantino slyly takes the dirty diaper that is slavery in America and rubs it in our face.

Full Review… | May 13, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

Django may be unchained, but his movie could have used some tighter shackles.

Full Review… | May 7, 2013

Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained is a brilliant mixture of over-the-top violence and clever writing, making for the most entertaining film of 2012.

Full Review… | April 23, 2013
We Got This Covered

A bloody masterpiece. Funny, Thrilling, cleverly structured.

Full Review… | April 8, 2013
Triple J

It's a testament to Foxx and Washington's talent, presence, and proven rapport that they keep the central emotional hook strongly present as their underwritten roles are continually pushed to the sidelines by Tarantino's overwriting for others.

Full Review… | April 1, 2013

Countless great scenes in the Tarantino universe

Full Review… | March 24, 2013
Movie Habit

It's exactly what you expect from Tarantino, so if this movie finds itself challenged in any way, it's in being expected.

Full Review… | March 14, 2013

...the time always flies, and Tarantino gives us a lot of movie for our money.

Full Review… | March 13, 2013

Tarantino's take on slavery is wildly creative, funny and frightening, true to form yet never predictable.

Full Review… | March 3, 2013
Concrete Playground

Different setting, same old Tarantino

Full Review… | February 28, 2013
Movie Habit

Slavery is to "Django" what the Holocaust was to Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" -- a colossal wrong to be righted by a film geek's best weapons: artistry, imagination and wicked humor.

Full Review… | February 28, 2013
Bloomberg News

Tarantino is, in essence, a classicist who invests the bulk of his drama and tension in lengthy dialogue exchanges that are infinitely more compelling that his elongated sequences of cathartic violence.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013

Audience Reviews for Django Unchained

Django Unchained is another example of QT reworking classic genres, in this case Spaghetti Westerns, Exploitation and Blaxploitation movies. It also sees him adding his own interpretation to the Django series, much like he did with Inglorious Basterds but with fewer changes. It's fine. No where near as good as his last few films but fine. The problem for me was that it was way too long, it really didn't have enough content to warrant the length, it's pure self indulgences on QT's part. That's fine though, he's one of the few directors who can get away with that sort of thing but for me it just wasn't on the same level as his other work, it wasn't particularly different or clever. We all knew the big QT scenes were coming and when they would come, usually there is more to it, the journey to the bloodbath is usually more colourful, more playful. In Django Unchained it seems to be like a case of 'Ok, enough of the story, an unnecessary violent scene is overdue!'. The overall story and sub-plots end up forgotten about and ultimately pointless by the end. The performances are good but frankly any number of actors working today could achieve the same, some maybe even better. If it was any other director people would admit that it was a bit of a mess but there is enough to enjoy, I just never got particularly excited.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer


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

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer


"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.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

I really don't understand why there's a need either to make or to watch Quentin Tarantino films. However, if you must, at least this one has a coherent storyline. I think all of these actors are much better than the caricatures they bring to life in this over-the-top bloodbath.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

Django Unchained Quotes

Dr. King Schultz:
Hello, you poor devils!
– Submitted by James D (47 days ago)
Dr. King Schultz:
How do you like the bounty hunting business?
Kill white folks and they pay you for it? What's not to like?
– Submitted by Michael F (5 months ago)
What he say your name is? Shoots?
Dr. King Schultz:
– Submitted by Sandeep H (10 months ago)
She ain't no house slave, she can't work. She's beautiful. They might make her a comfort girl.
Dr. King Schultz:
what's a comfort--? Oh....
Not while I have my freedom. Not while I have my gun.
– Submitted by Redwan A (12 months ago)
Calvin Candie:
Where is my beautiful sister?
– Submitted by Redwan A (12 months ago)
Calvin Candie:
Stephen, you have nails for breakfast? Whats the matter? Why you so ornery? You miss me?
Oh yes sir, I... I missed you. Like a, like a hog miss slop. Like a...a baby miss mammy's titty. I miss you like I misses a rock in my shoe.
– Submitted by Jeff R (13 months ago)

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