Inglourious Basterds Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic
August 19, 2009

Inglourious is slow, dumb -- and in a first for QT in his cinema savant career -- incompetent.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 29, 2011

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

Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
May 20, 2009

The film is by no means terrible but those things we think of as being Tarantino-esque, the long
 stretches of wickedly funny dialogue, the humor in the violence and outsized 
characters strutting across the screen, are largely missing.

Craig Mathieson
August 23, 2014

A failure so complete that it is infuriating as opposed to merely disappointing

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Stephen Silver
The Trend
September 7, 2009

Why is Basterds such a colossal disappointment? It's mostly because Tarantino indulges all of his worst impulses as a filmmaker and ignores what he does best.

| Original Score: 2/5
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
Top Critic
August 21, 2009

Simply another testament to his movie love. The problem is that by making the star attraction of his latest film a most delightful Nazi, one whose smooth talk is as lovingly presented as his murderous violence, Mr. Tarantino has polluted that love.

Mark R. Leeper
August 31, 2009

Some of it is good; much of it is preposterous. In trying to meld comedy and tragedy it entertains fitfully and requires more patience than most Tarantino films do.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Eric Kohn
August 23, 2014

Despite the injection of content from a variety of directions, Basterds lacks the crackly excitement of Tarantino's other efforts, mainly because he can't seem to tie the whole package together.

Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph
May 20, 2009

It's a film that's only interested in film, a masterclass in gorgeously-constructed self-pastiche. Tarantino desperately needs an editor willing to trim his indulgences.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
Top Critic
May 20, 2009

'Subtle' is not a word in Tarantino's lexicon. At the film's heart is a fatal attempt to conflate fact with fiction and a celebration of vengeance that's misplaced and embarrassing.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 21, 2009

Tarantino's scenes go on and on because he's in love with the sound of his character talking. This gets especially maddening in Inglorious Basterds because much of the dialogue is in German, so the words are three times as long.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Pais
August 20, 2009

The movie's tone is dangerously close to triumphant, without the necessary satire or feeling to keep it from being smug and potentially offensive.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic
August 20, 2009

Tonally schizoid and rife with anachronisms (a David Bowie song on the sound track, out-of-era vernacular), Tarantino's Third Reich folly is utterly exasperating.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic
August 21, 2009

It's these fine sequences that can make you truly regret Tarantino's snarky, in-joke impulses, not to mention his arrogant -- perhaps even dangerous -- lack of concern with the story's moral dimensions.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic
August 21, 2009

All the trademark Tarantino flourishes are here -- the joyous splaying of gore; the self-referential dialogue; the artful artificiality and the juxtaposition of humor and violence -- but they don't add up to much.

Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
May 11, 2010

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
August 18, 2009

As is often the case with Tarantino's post-1990's output, great scenes are adrift in an undisciplined sea of ugly-spirited, juvenile self-indulgence.

Jonathan F. Richards
Top Critic
September 10, 2009

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.

Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
August 21, 2009

The pop-art auteur's least-focused film to date, a rambling wreck of shrewd ideas and cinematic influences that never interlock into their own identifiable movie.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]
August 21, 2009

The final impression of the movie - that it's crass, juvenile and profoundly distasteful - overrides its more enjoyable moments.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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