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Inglourious Basterds (2009)

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Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 273
Fresh: 242 | Rotten: 31

A classic Tarantino genre-blending thrill ride, Inglourious Basterds is violent, unrestrained, and thoroughly entertaining,

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Critic Reviews: 49
Fresh: 37 | Rotten: 12

A classic Tarantino genre-blending thrill ride, Inglourious Basterds is violent, unrestrained, and thoroughly entertaining,

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"Inglourious Basterds" begins in German-occupied France, where Shosanna Dreyfus witnesses the execution of her family at the hand of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa. Shosanna narrowly escapes and flees to Paris, where she forges a new identity as the owner and operator of a cinema. Elsewhere in Europe, Lieutenant Aldo Raine organizes a group of Jewish soldiers to engage in targeted acts of retribution. Known to their enemy as "The Basterds," Raine's squad joins German actress and undercover agent

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Drama, Action & Adventure

Quentin Tarantino

Dec 15, 2009

$120.5M

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All Critics (273) | Top Critics (49) | Fresh (242) | Rotten (31) | DVD (8)

Waltz will be unknown to most American audiences -- he was certainly unknown to me -- but he's nothing less than sensational as the silky, polyglot SS officer charged by the Fuhrer to root out the remaining Jews in France.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: CNN.com
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Like a bat to the head, it's not too subtle, but you can't help but watch.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Film.com | Comment (1)
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Quentin Tarantino seems to be hanging on to a lost world of moviemaking. He may be nuts. But he's a nut who cares.

December 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Salon.com | Comments (17)
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Its biggest flaw, though, for those who care about such things, may be its moral attitude. That might seem a stodgy thing to bring up in the context of a Quentin Tarantino movie, but it takes such center stage that it needs to be examined.

September 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Film.com | Comments (121)
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Landa is such a wily and despicable concoction that, in movie terms, he's almost impossible not to like. And therein lies part of my problem with this movie.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comments (4)
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I'm tempted to say Tarantino has done it again, but I doubt anyone has ever done anything like his dazzlingly original World War II movie, Inglourious Basterds.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Comment (1)
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Raises a host of fascinating questions about the nature of justice and vengeance, and how these things are understood in both the Jewish and Christian traditions.

April 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Patheos

A work that is experimental, offbeat, and most distinctly of a unique voice is a welcome rarity.

January 25, 2014 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

How does one do justice to a movie as warped, wacky and way out there as 'Inglourious Basterds'? Truth is, you can't. That's how glorious this bastardized version of World War II history becomes.

December 2, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

It's a long but entertainingly showy melodrama full of cineaste jokes, tricksy wordplay and references to film-makers GW Pabst, Leni Riefenstahl and Sergio Leone.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Despite failing to achieve epic greatness (or moral relevance), Inglourius Basterds is a helluva cinematic experience, rewriting the fall of the Third Reich in a way few directors would ever dare.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

The experience is like savoring a box of imported French chocolates, only the last one is filled with the wrath of God.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Willamette Week
Willamette Week

For all its originality, this hall of mirrors is the closest Tarantino has come to making a film with old-fashioned, movie-movie appeal.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
Time Out Chicago

Although the actors are flawless, it is Tarantino whose name will go hand in hand with the film -- he is by the modern definition of the word an "auteur."

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

There is absolutely no one like Tarantino. I think he's capable of anything. It's almost too much power for one filmmaker to have.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

With Inglourious Basterds, he's managed to make a movie that will polarise more than ever; its lack of immediacy will frustrate casual audiences; its unfocused story will likely upset the QT hardcore.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

They're inventing a new junk-food product line for Inglourious Basterds - the White Elephant Supreme.

August 29, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

There will be blood.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

Inglourious Basterds not only knows that it is a fictional movie, but also that it is being watched by an audience, and herein lays its greatest achievement.

October 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

Dialogue is sharp, the imagery mesmerizing and both come together to create a wildly entertaining film. Impossible to watch without wanting to be a Basterd yourself.

August 14, 2010 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

WWII revamped Quentin Tarantino style, Inglourious Basterds succeeds as the ultimate fantasy revenge story, a Kill Hitler which stands as one the best works in the career of its influential filmmaker.

August 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

Tarantino is at times like a flamboyant, egomaniacal orchestra conductor, gesticulating wildly and turning to the audience to make sure we know that the show's about him.

May 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Looking Closer | Comments (18)
Looking Closer

Despite some of the scenes dragging on too long, Inglourious Basterds is still a lot of fun, altering history for the better as the Nazis feel the force of redemption.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Comment (1)
Fan The Fire

Inglourious Basterds is worthy of Dr. Strangelove.

February 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Projection Booth | Comments (7)
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Audience Reviews for Inglourious Basterds

Quentin Tarantino returns with the story of the Basterds, a group of Jewish soldiers performing guerilla warfare and terror tactics behind enemy lines to strike fear into the hearts of German soldiers during World War II. Inglourious Basterds is a very difficult film to pigeonhole. It's part Jewish revenge fantasy, part gung ho war film, part knowing parody of patriotic flag wavers and 100% Tarantino. His trademark patchwork of styles and references is as evident as ever; the opening scenes are pure Leone, turns into The Dirty Dozen and then zig zags off on tangents all over the place. It's impossible not to enjoy a film with this premise (unless you are a closet Fourth Reicher or member of the BNP) and Brad Pitt's hilarious send up of a hick war hero is almost as good as Christoph Waltz's high camp evil Sherlock Holmes (complete with pipe). But I'd have to say much of the film that does not feature these two could've stood for some judicious pruning and very oddly for a Tarantino film, the soundtrack sometimes just did not work. Unlike the likes of Lucas and Cameron though, Tarantino is a pure film fan's film maker so when he gets too self indulgent, it is with the direction, dialogue and characters rather than visual bullshit and so even at their worst his films are always interesting and of merit.
January 14, 2014
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I'll be honest this was the first Tarantino film I've ever watched. However, if this is good, I can't wait to see his better films, like Pulp Fiction or Reservoir Dogs. With a superb opening with such an intense pace, from these 20 minutes, it's very clear of how powerful a performance Christoph Waltz gave, especially the fact he won the Oscar he surely deserved. The rest of the film is packed with violence, some good laughs and some intense moments in which hell breaks loose within seconds. To top this off, Christoph Waltz is backed up with Brad Pitt (Fight Club), Michael Fassbender (Prometheus) and even Director Eli Roth (Hostel). Overall, Inglorious is a superb feature, that is compared way too much with Tarantino's earlier work, which has a nice twist within its WWII setting. A must watch for action and Tarantino fans.
October 11, 2013
Samuel Riley
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"Glourious."

Full review coming to themoviefreakblog.com on 7/14
July 5, 2013
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    1. Master Sgt. Wilhelm/Pola Negri: You need guns on me for it to be a Mexican standoff!
    – Submitted by James D (13 hours ago)
    1. Lt. Aldo Raine: Bawnjorno!
    – Submitted by Timofey P (6 months ago)
    1. Lt. Aldo Raine: Actually, Werner, we're all tickled to hear you say that. Quite frankly, watching Donny beat Nazis to death is the closest we ever get to goin' to the movies.
    – Submitted by Jeff R (10 months ago)
    1. Sgt. Donnie Donowitz: Teddy fuckin' Williams knocks it outta the park! Fenway Park's on its feet for Teddy fuckin' Ballgame! He went yard on that one! On to fuckin' Lansdowne Street!
    – Submitted by Jeff R (10 months ago)
    1. Lt. Aldo Raine: You know something Uitivich? I think this just might be my masterpiece.
    – Submitted by Jean R (16 months ago)
    1. Lt. Archie Hicox: Well, if this is it, old boy, I hope you don't mind if I go out speaking the King's.
    – Submitted by Thomas G (16 months ago)
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