Django Unchained Reviews

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David Thomson
The New Republic
June 13, 2013
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.
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
January 8, 2013
A film bursting with pleasures great and small ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 4, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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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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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
January 2, 2013
Genre-movie-mad writer-director Quentin Tarantino's foray into Western World is a pretty grave disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 27, 2012
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.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
December 26, 2012
Quentin Tarantino no longer makes movies; he makes trailers.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
December 25, 2012
Django Unchained is the most brutal film Quentin Tarantino has ever made.But the movie is also exciting and ironic and, at times, explosively funny: Even at his most serious, Tarantino can't help but entertain and show you a good time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
December 25, 2012
"Django Unchained" possesses an unmistakable subversive power, its playfully insurrectionist spirit perhaps the modern-day pop-culture equivalent of far more high stakes rebellions of yore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
December 25, 2012
The name of the movie is "Django Unchained," but for all practical purposes it might as well be called "Tarantino Unleashed."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 25, 2012
There's plenty of fun here - Waltz alone is worth the price of admission - but you may leave "Django Unchained" wishing for both more and less.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 25, 2012
"Django Unchained" is the most consistently entertaining movie of 2012.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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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December 25, 2012
Django Unchained is by turns exhilarating, hilarious, horrifying and poetic.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 25, 2012
Corkscrewed, inside-out, upside-down, simultaneously clear-eyed and completely out of its mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 25, 2012
It is digressive, jokey, giddily brutal and ferociously profane. But it is also a troubling and important movie about slavery and racism.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 25, 2012
With a fearless director and his mighty pen freeing a talented cast to attack a vital theme, "Django Unchained" is damnation unleashed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
December 25, 2012
No movie can match Quentin Tarantino's spaghetti Western/blaxploitation/southern when it comes to illustrating the carnage wrought by slavery.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
December 24, 2012
Tarantino's sure-footed, gorgeously shot, darkly funny Western starts strong and gains in momentum until a breathtaking climax that represents the apogee of his adventures in culture-mashing.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 24, 2012
[Tarantino] knows how to use our movie-conditioned anticipation against us. Watching his movie is like playing chess with a wiseguy friend who's always four moves ahead.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
December 24, 2012
Quentin Tarantino has made a spaghetti western and cross-pollinated it with a blaxploitation picture, but it's fully formed, unapologetic and easily one of the best popcorn flicks of the year.
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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
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
December 24, 2012
Django Unchained doesn't merely hit its marks; it blows them to bloody chunks.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 24, 2012
People are bound to read racist overtones into the material, but Tarantino has the consciousness of a 12-year-old boy; there's nothing more to his message here than Slavery Is Bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
December 24, 2012
In "Django," Tarantino is a man unchained, creating his most articulate, intriguing, provoking, appalling, hilarious, exhilarating, scathing and downright entertaining film yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 24, 2012
By turns dazzling, daring, gruesome and astonishingly funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 24, 2012
Tarantino may be the best working director to take scenes of blood, mayhem, and gore and transform them into moments of hilarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 24, 2012
It's a live-action, heads-exploding, shoot-'em-up cartoon. Sometimes it crackles, and sometimes it merely cracks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
December 21, 2012
A mashup of the spaghetti Western Django and '70s blaxploitation Westerns, it offers Tarantino another chance to show off his twist on history. While it worked with Inglourious Basterds, it just comes across as contrived and excessive here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 21, 2012
Tarantino is clearly having a grand ol' time with Django Unchained, and so are his actors, every one of whom are more than willing to share in the writer/director's filmic vision, no matter how ghastly it may be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Germain
Associated Press
December 21, 2012
''Django Unchained'' is Tarantino at his most puerile and least inventive, the premise offering little more than cold, nasty revenge and barrels of squishing, squirting blood.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
December 21, 2012
Even the explosive final half-hour, featuring the cartoonish flying bodies and splatterrific payback that are the director's brand, fails to provide the catharsis promised by the title.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 21, 2012
"Django Unchained" might have been a revelation in 2005. But after Quentin Tarantino and others have spent years spoofing '60s and '70s genre movies, this mock spaghetti Western tastes like it came out of the microwave.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
December 20, 2012
Just when we thought Quentin Tarantino had shown us all the cojones he has, in rides "Django Unchained."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
December 19, 2012
Bold, original, mesmerizing, stylish and one hell of a piece of entertainment.
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Scott Foundas
Village Voice
December 18, 2012
In his past two movies, Tarantino has ascended to a new level of filmmaking craftsmanship and narrative sophistication.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
December 17, 2012
Plodding through the parts that the filmmaker couldn't bare to trim down winds up being more than worthwhile, however, for the many moments of sheer moviegoing pleasure that Django Unchained provides. It's a bloody treat.
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
December 14, 2012
Tarantino gives us an American Spaghetti Western that's a bloody good time from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 13, 2012
Tarantino lives to cross the line. Is Django Unchained too much? ... It wouldn't be Tarantino otherwise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
December 13, 2012
a violent, whirling fantasia into our dark past
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
December 12, 2012
Django Unchained is pure, if not great, Tarantino.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 12, 2012
Tarantino, with lip-smacking down-and-dirty subversive gusto, rubs our noses in the forbidden spectacle of America's racist ugliness.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
December 12, 2012
Vibrating with the geekery of a filmmaker off the chain, the movie plays like no other this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Debruge
Variety
December 12, 2012
An immensely satisfying taste of antebellum empowerment packaged as spaghetti-Western homage.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
December 12, 2012
The anecdotal, odyssey-like structure of this long, talky saga could be considered indulgent, but Tarantino injects the weighty material with so many jocular, startling and unexpected touches that it's constantly stimulating.