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Inglourious Basterds Reviews

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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
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.
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
August 4, 2013
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.
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
May 6, 2011
Like a bat to the head, it's not too subtle, but you can't help but watch.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
December 16, 2009
Quentin Tarantino seems to be hanging on to a lost world of moviemaking. He may be nuts. But he's a nut who cares.
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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.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 21, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 21, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 21, 2009
Will Basterds polarize audiences? That's a given. But for anyone professing true movie love, there's no resisting it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 21, 2009
Clocking in at 2 hours and 32 minutes, it is unforgivably leisurely, almost glacial, a film that loses its way in the thickets of alternative history and manages to be violent without the start-to-finish energy that violence on screen usually guarantees.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 21, 2009
The picture contains all the things his fans like about Tarantino -- the wit, the audacity, the sudden violence -- but this movie's emotional core and bigness of spirit are new.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
August 21, 2009
War reduced to pop entertainment should at least be easy to swallow, but this stuff keeps getting stuck in our craw. The trash that Tarantino used to elevate he now imitates.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
August 21, 2009
Tarantino's signature nastiness and his juvenile delight in shocking the audience undercut the movie's larger purpose.
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
August 21, 2009
Scenes like the showdown in the tavern and the movie-premiere finale are as imaginative, energetic and, in their own weird, brutal way, beautiful as cinema gets.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
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.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 21, 2009
For all its visual bravura and occasional bursts of antic inspiration, it feels trivial, the work of a kid who can't stop grabbing his favorite shiny plaything.
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
August 21, 2009
One of the best performances of the decade in one of the most entertaining movies of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 21, 2009
I don't know if I've ever seen a revenge fantasy so willfully messed up, sometimes offensively so, that still manages to be worthwhile for whole sections of its 2 1/2 hours. The opening is as good a sequence as Tarantino has ever created.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
August 21, 2009
For anyone who has been hoping to see Tarantino back at the top of his game, the must-see movie of the summer has finally arrived.
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
August 20, 2009
The true moral universe in which the film unfolds is that of the spaghetti westerns...: a world in which the strong are above the law and the way to tell the good guys from the bad guys is not by their acts but by the kind of hats they wear.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 20, 2009
The outcome is gory and glorious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 20, 2009
Inglorious Basterds is an entertainment but an uneasy one; it represents 153 minutes of bravura stalling, after which its creator loses interest and walks away.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
August 20, 2009
There's a feast here, particularly in the amazing opening, an unexpected essay on King Kong, and performances by Pitt, Laurent, and Waltz. It's just been placed on a huge table with no consideration of whether it adds up to a meal.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 20, 2009
Quentin Tarantino's extremely witty revenge fantasy Inglourious Basterds may be the most fun you'll have at the movies this summer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 20, 2009
When a man makes a movie this good, you can forgive him the occasional indulgence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 20, 2009
Basterds is not great Tarantino but it's solidly good Tarantino, and that's sweet news for his fans.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
August 20, 2009
Tarantino's wartime fantasies may leave history in the dust, but his movie is a surprisingly satisfying contribution to movies about the Holocaust.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 20, 2009
These Basterds blend into a much richer story, a hugely entertaining one with stars you don't immediately see shining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 20, 2009
Many Tarantino movies are female revenge fantasies, in which strong women plot the deaths of men who wronged them. In Shosanna and Bridget, the writer-director has fashioned two of his steeliest, most principled femmes fatales.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
August 20, 2009
Tarantino is the most fearlessly inventive filmmaker alive -- but we knew that. And while Inglourious Basterds is never anything less than ridiculously entertaining, it's nothing Tarantino hasn't done before.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 20, 2009
Inglourious Basterds transcends the war genre to become its own kind of unique picture: A bloody blast of pure movie bliss.
| Original Score: 4/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 20, 2009
Inglourious Basterds is a social marker as startling as Easy Rider was in its day.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 20, 2009
Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds is a big, bold, audacious war movie that will annoy some, startle others and demonstrate once again that he's the real thing, a director of quixotic delights.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 19, 2009
With its exploded notions of heroism, torture-rack dramatics and kamikaze gusto, it's a fiendishly entertaining flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 19, 2009
Tarantino crams enough movie-loving passion into the film to keep you not just entertained but occasionally riveted. Above all else, it's a really enjoyable ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 19, 2009
With Inglourious Basterds, Quentin Tarantino has made his best movie since Pulp Fiction. He has also made what could arguably be considered the most audacious World War II movie of all-time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
August 19, 2009
World War II was more serious, complex and horrifying than all this comic embellishment, but if I sound critical, I apologize in advance. I had a helluva time watching Inglourious Basterds.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
August 18, 2009
Energetic, inventive, swaggering fun, Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds is a consummate Hollywood entertainment -- rich in fantasy and blithely amoral.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 18, 2009
If only Quentin Tarantino the director weren't so completely in love with Quentin Tarantino the writer, Inglourious Basterds might have been a great movie rather than just a good movie with moments of greatness.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 17, 2009
The movie is an ungainly pastiche, yet on some wacked-out Jungian level it's all of a piece.
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David Denby
New Yorker
August 17, 2009
Inglourious Basterds is not boring, but it's ridiculous and appallingly insensitive-a Louisville Slugger applied to the head of anyone who has ever taken the Nazis, the war, or the Resistance seriously.
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
August 17, 2009
This is a seriously provocative film.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
August 17, 2009
Superbly acted and well constructed, each scene is paced to a chaotic climatic frenzy.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 12, 2009
Austrian actor Christoph Waltz 
 triumphs, heroically, over Tarantino's brash, cine-drunk tall tale.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
August 11, 2009
Basterds isn't a deep film -- honestly, what Tarantino flick is? -- but it has moments as sharp as a bayonet and as perverse as war itself.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
May 20, 2009
By turns surprising, nutty, windy, audacious and a bit caught up in its own cleverness, the picture is a completely distinctive piece of American pop art with a strong Euro flavor that's new for the director.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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.