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Inglourious Basterds Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 1/5

August 19, 2009
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

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

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

August 29, 2011
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

May 20, 2009
Stephen Silver
The Trend

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

September 7, 2009
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 21, 2009
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews

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

August 31, 2009
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph

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 Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 3/5

May 20, 2009
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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'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 Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

May 20, 2009
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

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

August 21, 2009
Matt Pais
Metromix.com

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 Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 20, 2009
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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 Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

August 20, 2009
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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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 Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 21, 2009
Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
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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.

August 21, 2009
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

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 Source: Looking Closer | Original Score: 6/10

May 11, 2010
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

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.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Weekly

August 18, 2009
Jonathan F. Richards
Film.com
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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.

Full Review Source: Film.com

September 10, 2009
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly

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 Source: Charlotte Weekly | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 21, 2009
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]

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

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

August 21, 2009
Mike Goodridge
Screen International

Intermittently-inspired World War II epic ... the thread of the drama is left disjointed and the focus ever-changing.

Full Review Source: Screen International

May 20, 2009
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm

Quentin Tarantino has finally made a movie that means something, though I think that's happened entirely by accident...

Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Original Score: 2/4

August 22, 2009
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