The film might not be Tarantino's masterpiece but it is his most entertaining and exhilarating effort since Pulp Fiction.
| Original Score: 4/5
It's a Second World War fantasy made up of bits and pieces of Second World War movies and reassembled into a wordy pastiche that is irresistibly absurd. It's positively inglorious.
Inglourious Basterds will be loved and hated, sometimes in the same scene, eventually leading to at least grudging admiration.
If you really like movies, chances are you like Tarantino. And if you like Tarantino, chances are you'll like Inglourious Basterds.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
It has been a problem in the past that Tarantino's voice could be heard in the lines he wrote, but the mesmerising Waltz takes that gleeful relish of language and presents it as a vital aspect of Landa's professional pride.
[It] gets by on typical Tarantino gumption.
| Original Score: 3/5
Tarantino's ensemble converses at length in basement taverns and cinema lobbies and war rooms, and the best exchanges are tricky, chesslike psycho-verbal games of subterfuge.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
It may be an unexpected adventure of unusual proportions and design, but it's still the most glorious adventure of the summer.
| Original Score: A-
Vintage Tarantino returns to the big screen and he's brought all his trademark moves with him.
Inglourious Basterds is almost as deliriously entertaining as a remixed Hitler tantrum.
Inglourious Basterds is naughty, apocalyptic fun -- Tarantino's version of a war movie, with history rewritten to avenge the guilty in ways that satisfy his pop-art cinephilia.
The film's infamous ending offers Tarantino's most pronounced metaphor for cinema.
A pretty good war movie that is audacious, occasionally fun and too in love with its own voice.
How welcome, then, that Basterds, while no masterpiece, manages to get at something more than its creator's too often frivolously exercised visual intelligence and esoteric preoccupations.
This film isn't about World War II, it's about World War II movies, as gleefully recounted by a giddy kid who's eaten way too much sugar.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
A work that is experimental, offbeat, and most distinctly of a unique voice is a welcome rarity.
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.
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.
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.