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The Hateful Eight (2015)

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Critic Consensus: The Hateful Eight offers another well-aimed round from Quentin Tarantino's signature blend of action, humor, and over-the-top violence -- all while demonstrating an even stronger grip on his filmmaking craft.

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Set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth and his fugitive Daisy Domergue, race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as "The Hangman," will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren, a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix, a southern renegade who claims to be the town's new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie's Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie's, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces. Bob, who's taking care of Minnie's while she's visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray, the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers. As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all...

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Cast

Samuel L. Jackson
as Maj. Marquis Warren
Kurt Russell
as John "The Hangman" Ruth
Jennifer Jason Leigh
as Daisy Domergue
Walton Goggins
as Chris Mannix
Tim Roth
as Oswaldo Mobray
Bruce Dern
as Gen. Sanford Smithers
James Parks
as O.B. Jackson
Bruce Del Castillo
as Homer Van Hootin
Craig Stark
as Chester Charles Smithers
Zoe Bell
as Six-Horse Judy
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All Critics (293) | Top Critics (47)

A deeply conflicting version of fun.

January 22, 2016 | Full Review…

Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight is a lot of things. Boring, of course, isn't one of them.

January 4, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

This is Tarantino. And it's very entertaining, even when it's entertainingly vile, which happens a lot in this overlong movie's extended third act.

January 1, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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The film is pointless, even as entertainment, because it builds to nothing more than a comic book blood bath.

January 1, 2016 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

What was it about this cramped, underdeveloped parlor drama -- the majority of which takes place on one set -- that caused Tarantino to think 70mm?

January 1, 2016 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

The Hateful Eight is too extreme, too ghoulishly violent, too besieged by its ensemble's overriding villainy, to feel like anything but a dark chamber piece.

December 31, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Hateful Eight

A bounty hunter, his charge, and other sundry characters are stuck in a cabin. About an hour and a half of this nearly three-hour film is absolutely useless; the film could've started in the cabin and lost nothing, yet there is a long sequence of getting to the cabin and an equally pointless flashback scene that only adds a character inconsistency (if the owner of the cabin is so racist against Mexicans, why doesn't she mention it in the flashback?). And there's a useless voice-over, stupid chapter breaks, dumb monologues, and just a bunch of shit. Tarantino jerks off to visually striking panoramas, and it's just adorable that he gets to play with his new 70 mm toy. Overall, see this film only to see the absolute nadir of a once-great director's career (unless you count Kill Bill Vol. 1, which might be worse).

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

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Waste of 65 except for the establishing shots.

_kelly .King
_kelly .King

Super Reviewer

How can anyone be so hateful with such a cinematically beautiful film? As one expects from a Tarantino film, "The Hateful Eight" is an over-the-top bloodbath, humorous in its depravity. However, it's mostly well-acted (ahem! Channing Tatum) with an engaging and unconventional mystery -- so hopefully one can excuse the Tarantinine excesses. It's good entertainment and purdy to look at, so I recon it's worth your while.

Christian C
Christian C

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