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Django Unchained (2012)

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Average Rating: 8/10
Reviews Counted: 246
Fresh: 216 | Rotten: 30

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

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Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 46
Fresh: 35 | Rotten: 11

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

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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

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Western, Drama

Quentin Tarantino

Apr 16, 2013

$162.8M

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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.

June 13, 2013 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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A film bursting with pleasures great and small ...

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Django Unchained is Tarantino's most complete movie yet. It is also his most vital. His storytelling talents match the heft of the tale.

January 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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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.

January 4, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Genre-movie-mad writer-director Quentin Tarantino's foray into Western World is a pretty grave disappointment.

January 2, 2013 Full Review Source: MSN Movies
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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.

December 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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Overlong, self-indulgent garbage with a portrayal of a "house Negro" that is a grotesque distortion of a sad reality.

December 23, 2013 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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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.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
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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.

July 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Twitch

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

June 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

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

June 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
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."

May 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

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

May 13, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

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

May 7, 2013 Full Review Source: COED.com
COED.com

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.

April 23, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

A bloody masterpiece. Funny, Thrilling, cleverly structured.

April 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Triple J
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.

April 1, 2013 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Countless great scenes in the Tarantino universe

March 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
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.

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

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

March 13, 2013 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

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

March 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

Different setting, same old Tarantino

February 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
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.

February 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Bloomberg News
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.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: 3AW

Still wonderfully witty and violent sequences that only Tarantino could manage or dare.

February 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Rip It Up

Audience Reviews for Django Unchained

"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.
March 2, 2014
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Rescuing a slave to help him track down a trio of outlaws, a German bounty hunter then forms a partnership with him and they set about finding and freeing his wife from servitude. Although it seems like more genre hopping from Quentin Tarantino, this western is really once again an exploitation-based revenge fantasy. But let's face it, one can have little sympathy for both the Nazis of Inglourious Basterds and the sadistic slavers of Django Unchained and so even the most lily-livered and liberal of us can get a cheap thrill out of experiencing some brutal retribution as we watch the down-trodden and exploited rise up to become a total bad-ass! Jamie Foxx is super-cool as a kind of be-stetsoned Shaft and Christophe Waltz is his usual brilliant self whose gentleman killer is the one outsider who questions the morality of buying and selling other human beings. Leonardo DiCaprio also obviously relishes the role of the moustache-twirling villain and Samuel L. Jackson's ultimate Uncle Tom is possibly even more hissable and worthy of a bloody come-uppance. The prolific use of the N-word may be off-putting for some but it becomes almost Blazing Saddles level silly, and one of the funniest scenes parodying the KKK could be straight out of Mel Brooks' film. As always seems to be the case with Tarantino's films these days, it could've stood to be half an hour shorter and it lacks the spark of genius that marked his earlier work, but Django Unchained is still a highly entertaining revenge western pastiche with enough bloody violence to make Sam Peckinpah proud.
November 5, 2013
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I don't typically enjoy Quentin Tarantino movies, but this one is easily my favorite. Christoph Waltz , Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio all do some amazing stuff.
November 1, 2013
flutieman07

Super Reviewer

Django Unchained is really weird, and I say this as someone who has grown very much accustomed to Tarantino's classic cinematic insanity. He outdoes himself once again in the odd category, bringing along a killer cast, in which returning Tarantino-ites Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson are astonishingly good in roles that are very different than what they've done in the past. Foxx isn't nearly as screen-stealing, and neither is Leonardo DiCaprio, who unfortunately makes a much less awe-inspiring villain than Waltz did in Inglorious Basterds.

Yet the one flaw that sticks out the most thing and that makes Django Unchained feel more clunky than Tarantino's best work is the man's refusal to cling to the plot structure that is desperately needed to hold together the sprawling, multi-charactered narrative together. In his past movies, where he also strayed from normal story formulas, he at least had the courtesy to hold his lengthy pictures steady through multiple distinct chapters, giving audiences some sense of how far along in the story they are. Django does not have this; it simply goes and goes without any breaks, and I was left quite disoriented. Still, nobody does style like Tarantino, and his zany slavery Western is nothing if not unabashed style.
November 1, 2013
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

    1. Stephen: What he say your name is? Shoots?
    2. Dr. King Schultz: Schultz.
    – Submitted by Sandeep H (3 months ago)
    1. Django: She ain't no house slave, she can't work. She's beautiful. They might make her a comfort girl.
    2. Dr. King Schultz: what's a comfort--? Oh....
    3. Django: Not while I have my freedom. Not while I have my gun.
    – Submitted by Redwan A (5 months ago)
    1. Calvin Candie: Where is my beautiful sister?
    – Submitted by Redwan A (5 months ago)
    1. Calvin Candie: Stephen, you have nails for breakfast? Whats the matter? Why you so ornery? You miss me?
    2. Stephen: 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 (7 months ago)
    1. Dr. King Schultz: Stop playing Beethoven.
    – Submitted by Imad D (9 months ago)
    1. Dr. King Schultz: You sure that's him?
    2. Django: Yeah
    3. Dr. King Schultz: Positive?
    4. Django: I don't know
    5. Dr. King Schultz: You don't know if your're positive?
    6. Django: I don't know what positive mean
    7. Dr. King Schultz: It means you're sure
    8. Django: Yes
    9. Dr. King Schultz: Yes what?
    10. Django: Yes, I'm sure that's Ellis Brittle
    11. Django: I'm positive he dead.
    – Submitted by Maireni A (10 months ago)
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