Django Unchained Reviews

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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
December 24, 2012
Tarantino wants Django to be a rousing yarn as well as a commentary, but the movie so revels in its carnage that his larger point is drowned in a sea of blood.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
January 19, 2013
Tarantino's made a great movie but an underwhelming film.
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
January 13, 2013
What a pity Tarantino is so busy booking cameos from old spaghetti stars and tipping his Stetson to schlock that he never unchains his most promising brainwave.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
December 27, 2012
The players are in fine form. But the movie he's embroiled them all in is a hit-and-miss affair, at times an amusing reimagining of history, more often a blood-spattered bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
January 16, 2013
We're used to Tarantino's films being multi-layered with several plots going on at once, but Django Unchained is a little too simple and, dare I say, dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 24, 2012
By the two-hour mark the fun had oozed out of the movie for me. It's long. Or feels it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
OK! Magazine
December 27, 2012
Django may be unchained, but his movie could have used some tighter shackles.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Phil Villarreal
COED.com
May 7, 2013
Django may be unchained, but his movie could have used some tighter shackles.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 24, 2012
Quentin Tarantino has made another movie. Or, rather, Quentin Tarantino has made the same movie again.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jason Buchanan
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 4, 2013
We're left with an overindulgent shadow of what could have been a much better film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
January 17, 2013
[A] piece of have-it-all-ways hokum ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
February 28, 2013
Different setting, same old Tarantino
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
December 23, 2012
Tarantino almost saves his picture with his last act showdown but not quite. Getting there was a route too long, too clumsy, and just plain tedious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
December 24, 2012
Unfortunately, it wears out its welcome about two-thirds through, which means -- no kidding -- 45 more minutes to go.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
December 29, 2012
Hollywood has got to clean up its act --- and that goes for you, Mr. Tarantino!
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Dana Stevens
Slate
December 25, 2012
There's something about [Tarantino's] directorial delectation in all these acts of racial violence that left me not just physically but morally queasy.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 21, 2012
Like the earlier movie, in which Jewish-American soldiers assassinate Hitler, this one draws heavily on minority group revenge fantasy, the only difference being that the trick isn't as impressive the second time around.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
January 21, 2013
Whereas there was savage beauty and irony in the '60-'70s violence of Penn, Peckinpah, and Leone, the coda of 'Django Unchained' is mere benumbing splatter.
Jon Niccum
Kansas City Star
December 24, 2012
It's too grueling to enjoy and too sloppy to respect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
January 4, 2013
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.
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