“Tarantino Has Become A Shadow Of His Former-self”
“You May End Up Saddle Sore But You Should Enjoy The Ride”
“"The "D" Is Silent, Hillbilly..."”
“Revenge Is Best Served Cold... Just Don't Forget To Bring An Umbrella Since Its Going To "rain" Big Time!”
“The 'D' Is Silent.”
“Django Unchained Rocks.”
“You Had My Curiosity... Now You Have My Attention.”
“Django Unchained Is One Of Tarantinos Finest Works, A True Tarantino Classic”
“D-J-I-N-G-O... And Django Was His Name-O”
“Underwhelming, And Lacking Substance.”
“100 BLACK COFFINS”
“Quentin Tarantino Has Once Again Proved Why He Is One Of The Greatest And Most Authentic Directors Making Films Today, Filled With Gut-busting Violence, Oscar Worthy Performances And Some Much Comic Relief. Django Is One Of 2012's Best Movies, By Far.”
“Tarantino Provides Audiences With Another Winner”
“The "D" Is Silent.”
“Django Unchained Is The Wildest Cinematic Ride Of The Year.”
Django Unchained is the wildest cinematic ride of the year.
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
Tarantino, with lip-smacking down-and-dirty subversive gusto, rubs our noses in the forbidden spectacle of America's racist ugliness.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
It is digressive, jokey, giddily brutal and ferociously profane. But it is also a troubling and important movie about slavery and racism.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
I can't wait to see this again.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
By turns dazzling, daring, gruesome and astonishingly funny.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
"Django Unchained" possesses an unmistakable subversive power, its playfully insurrectionist spirit perhaps the modern-day pop-culture equivalent of far more high stakes rebellions of yore.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
Corkscrewed, inside-out, upside-down, simultaneously clear-eyed and completely out of its mind.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
In his past two movies, Tarantino has ascended to a new level of filmmaking craftsmanship and narrative sophistication.
Scott Foundas - Village Voice
Just when we thought Quentin Tarantino had shown us all the cojones he has, in rides "Django Unchained."
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
Wildly extravagant, ferociously violent, ludicrously lurid and outrageously entertaining, yet also, remarkably, very much about the pernicious lunacy of racism and, yes, slavery's singular horrors.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
No movie can match Quentin Tarantino's spaghetti Western/blaxploitation/southern when it comes to illustrating the carnage wrought by slavery.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
Django Unchained is Tarantino's most complete movie yet. It is also his most vital. His storytelling talents match the heft of the tale.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
Genre-movie-mad writer-director Quentin Tarantino's foray into Western World is a pretty grave disappointment.
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
Django Unchained doesn't merely hit its marks; it blows them to bloody chunks.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
Django Unchained has mislaid its melancholy, and its bitter wit, and become a raucous romp. It is a tribute to the spaghetti Western, cooked al dente, then cooked a while more, and finally sauced to death.
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
By the two-hour mark the fun had oozed out of the movie for me. It's long. Or feels it.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Like the earlier movie, in which Jewish-American soldiers assassinate Hitler, this one draws heavily on minority group revenge fantasy, the only difference being that the trick isn't as impressive the second time around.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
It's a live-action, heads-exploding, shoot-'em-up cartoon. Sometimes it crackles, and sometimes it merely cracks.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
[Tarantino] knows how to use our movie-conditioned anticipation against us. Watching his movie is like playing chess with a wiseguy friend who's always four moves ahead.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
There's plenty of fun here - Waltz alone is worth the price of admission - but you may leave "Django Unchained" wishing for both more and less.
Tom Long - Detroit News
The name of the movie is "Django Unchained," but for all practical purposes it might as well be called "Tarantino Unleashed."
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Bold, original, mesmerizing, stylish and one hell of a piece of entertainment.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
An immensely satisfying taste of antebellum empowerment packaged as spaghetti-Western homage.
Peter Debruge - Variety
"Django Unchained" might have been a revelation in 2005. But after Quentin Tarantino and others have spent years spoofing '60s and '70s genre movies, this mock spaghetti Western tastes like it came out of the microwave.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
Tarantino is clearly having a grand ol' time with Django Unchained, and so are his actors, every one of whom are more than willing to share in the writer/director's filmic vision, no matter how ghastly it may be.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
a violent, whirling fantasia into our dark past
Jordan Hoffman - Film.com
Tarantino relishes the opportunity to run wild with a symbol of black persecution until the idea loses momentum -- and then, true to form, he just keeps going.
Eric Kohn - indieWIRE
Even the explosive final half-hour, featuring the cartoonish flying bodies and splatterrific payback that are the director's brand, fails to provide the catharsis promised by the title.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Quentin Tarantino no longer makes movies; he makes trailers.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
There's something about [Tarantino's] directorial delectation in all these acts of racial violence that left me not just physically but morally queasy.
Dana Stevens - Slate
Tarantino may be the best working director to take scenes of blood, mayhem, and gore and transform them into moments of hilarity.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
The anecdotal, odyssey-like structure of this long, talky saga could be considered indulgent, but Tarantino injects the weighty material with so many jocular, startling and unexpected touches that it's constantly stimulating.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
''Django Unchained'' is Tarantino at his most puerile and least inventive, the premise offering little more than cold, nasty revenge and barrels of squishing, squirting blood.
David Germain - Associated Press
Django Unchained is pure, if not great, Tarantino.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
Tarantino lives to cross the line. Is Django Unchained too much? ... It wouldn't be Tarantino otherwise.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Tarantino gives us an American Spaghetti Western that's a bloody good time from start to finish.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
In "Django," Tarantino is a man unchained, creating his most articulate, intriguing, provoking, appalling, hilarious, exhilarating, scathing and downright entertaining film yet.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
Countless great scenes in the Tarantino universe
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
It's exactly what you expect from Tarantino, so if this movie finds itself challenged in any way, it's in being expected.
Dave White - Movies.com
...the time always flies, and Tarantino gives us a lot of movie for our money.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Tarantino's take on slavery is wildly creative, funny and frightening, true to form yet never predictable.
Tom Glasson - Concrete Playground
Slavery is to "Django" what the Holocaust was to Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" -- a colossal wrong to be righted by a film geek's best weapons: artistry, imagination and wicked humor.
Greg Evans - Bloomberg News
Different setting, same old Tarantino
Robert Denerstein - Movie Habit
Tarantino is, in essence, a classicist who invests the bulk of his drama and tension in lengthy dialogue exchanges that are infinitely more compelling that his elongated sequences of cathartic violence.
Jim Schembri - 3AW
Still wonderfully witty and violent sequences that only Tarantino could manage or dare.
David 'Mad Dog' Bradley - Rip It Up
This bloody, hilarious, shocking, and righteously angry film is the kind of great art and great trash [Tarantino] aspires to make.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
...compulsively watchable for the majority of its (admittedly overlong) running time...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
I had a good enough time to wish that it had been better.
Dan Jardine - Cinemania
Part-blaxploitation film, part-spaghetti Western and all-Tarantino, 'Django Unchained' comes charging at its audiences with guns a-blazin'. It's not quite up to par with 'Reservoir Dogs' or 'Pulp Fiction,' but it's still Tarantino - enough said.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Overlong, overblown and overly self-indulgent. But excess is what Tarantino does. And just as he won't put one word in his characters' mouths when he can have them utter 10; he won't dispatch a bad guy with one bullet when he can discharge a dozen.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
It would seem that this film's irreverence isn't a case of didn't-try-can't-fail dismissiveness, but rather something more innocuous: it's simply the world interpreted through Tarantino's boisterous perspective.
Adam Ross - The Aristocrat
The funniest western since Blazing Saddles, the bloodiest since The Wild Bunch and the most visually stylish since The Good, The Bad & The Ugly.
Matt Neal - The Standard
Guilty of almost every indulgence [Tarantino] has ever been accused of...but it's hard to hold it against him, when the results are this bloody good
Tom Clift - Moviedex
Impolitic though it might be to suggest it, there's something extremely satisfying about the violence here-though, for my money, it resides less in seeing these racist thugs get their comeuppance, than in the director's staging of it.
Shane Danielsen - sbs.com.au
it's fitting that one of the greatest American filmmakers of all time is using the western and blaxploitation genres to connect the enduring blemish on the American psyche - only to set loose a bad motherf*cker to set it right.
Blake Howard - 2UE That Movie Show
Ultimately enjoyable, if a little underwhelming, if nothing else we can be grateful to Django Unchained for allowing the phrase "that's the worst thing since Quentin Tarantino's Australian accent".
Josh Forward - Trespass
Thrilling, stylish, funny, brutal, superbly-acted, sharply written and wonderfully offensive.
Andy Lea - Daily Star
Django Unchained is a joy. It's fun and foolish, unhinged and unapologetic.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
Trazendo alguns dos melhores momentos da filmografia de Tarantino, ainda culmina em um climax longo e violento que certamente levara os fas do diretor a orgasmos de sangue.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Whereas there was savage beauty and irony in the '60-'70s violence of Penn, Peckinpah, and Leone, the coda of 'Django Unchained' is mere benumbing splatter.
Donald J. Levit - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
It's a big, crazy, hugely entertaining, multilayered piece of filmmaking - a fierce but fiercely intelligent testament to Tarantino's frequently questioned filmmaking proclivities and certainly among the best films he's made.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
Possibly Tarantino's most thoughtful and even political film to date.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
Tarantino is starting to look more and more like an angry teenager in his bedroom going, "Wouldn't it be good if..."
Erin Free - FILMINK (Australia)
Proudly doffing its cap to Sergios Corbucci and Leone, this latest, sprawling exercise in film lore dares to tread where most other white American filmmakers would not.
Ed Gibbs - The Sunday Age
It certainly places Tarantino among the most impressive film-makers at work today.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Tarantino's made a great movie but an underwhelming film.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
Tarantino's best for ages, absolutely not to be missed.
David Sexton - This is London
Waltz anchors this film brilliantly so that Jamie Foxx as Django and the rest of the all-star cast can fit into Tarantino's latest heady mix of styles.
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
Exciting, entertaining, funny, dramatic and edgy, Django Unchained is also intelligent and sometimes touching, often bloody and yet - in the end - a romantic softie, too
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
No-one does humour in violence like Tarantino.... Hell's bells, there is a lot to take in and soak up in this hotdog Tarantino Western. It's a killer
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Tarantino takes an unusually comical approach to a provocative topic, and the result is as controversial as expected. And also startlingly hilarious.
Rich Cline - Contactmusic.com
For pure movie enjoyment -- or movie geek (I plead guilty) enjoyment, if you insist -- I hadn't had this much plain fun in a while.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Densely crammed, unmistakeably excessive Quentin Tarantino dialogue, Django Unchained is his most exciting, accessible and satisfying film for ages.
Steve Newall - Flicks.co.nz
Not a masterpiece, but a funny, violent, very entertaining crowdpleaser.
Jonathan Crocker - Little White Lies
Who needs facts when there is great vengeance, furious anger and the path of righteousness to attend to? The magpie deserves our respect. Always. Forever.
Tara Brady - Irish Times
This is Quentin Tarantino's most entertaining film since Pulp Fiction, and its first hour is brilliantly funny.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
An arresting, both barrels blazing return to form.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
A blistering, bullet-ridden bonanza.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
As in all of Tarantino's best films, there is a strange and brilliant magic at work here; a dark, bubbling alchemy of art and junk.
Robbie Collin - Daily Telegraph
A close cousin of sorts to Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained sees great set pieces, flashes of brilliance and another great performance by Christoph Waltz undermined by indulgent tendencies.
Stephen Carty - Flix Capacitor
[A] piece of have-it-all-ways hokum ...
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Shows Tarantino is on winning creative streak, able to engage viewers with a sharply honed script while authentically presenting unpleasant episodes from American history.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
If only all films could contain such precise dialogue and such distinctive characters. I'd be entertained every time I went to the cinema.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
We're used to Tarantino's films being multi-layered with several plots going on at once, but Django Unchained is a little too simple and, dare I say, dull.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
This is a wonderful film - it is, but once in a while someone needed to tap Q on the shoulder and tell him to ease up off the gas. A master and a genius, no doubt, but sometimes the Emperor has no clothes too.
Patrick Kolan - Shotgun Critic
If you only see one 'slavery' film this year, make it this one.
James Mottram - The List
Another strong, sparky and bloody entry in the QT canon.
Dan Jolin - Empire Magazine
Tarantino often reminds us that film can be used as a weapon. Here he purges all that racial ugliness from the past not by asking its left-leaning audience to whoop and cheer at whitey's demise, but by having our hero do battle with screen history itself.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
What a pity Tarantino is so busy booking cameos from old spaghetti stars and tipping his Stetson to schlock that he never unchains his most promising brainwave.
Siobhan Synnot - Scotsman
Simply another of Tarantino's masterpieces that was very much worth the wait.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
A tale of empowerment that packs one hell of a cinematic punch, Django Unchained is Tarantino's epic masterpiece.
Cameron Williams - The Popcorn Junkie
While a little overblown and overly long, a wide range of people will find at least something to like here.
Mark R. Leeper - Mark Leeper's Reviews
It isn't the director's best work by any means, but it retains the excitement and punch inherent in his films. Tarantino's trademark playfulness and verve Django Unchained is a lot of fun.
Jon Lyus - HeyUGuys
Pure entertainment, a no-holds-barred dose of double-barreled escapism, built around great characters, great performances and great dialog.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
A revenge film best served cold.
Mark Sells - The Reel Deal
Quentin Tarantino jumps back in his cinematic time-traveling machine and retreats to the past to rewrite history and exact some bloody revenge.
Matthew Odam - Austin American-Statesman
The film's triumph is the manner in which Tarantino re-envisions cinema's selective appropriation of history and makes it entirely his own
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Somehow exhibits high art while it walks a fine line between serious historical re-purposing, inflammatory comic excess and brutal violence.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
A film bursting with pleasures great and small ...
Tom Huddleston - Time Out
For his latest exercise in pulpy throwbacks and balls-to-the-wall homage, Quentin Tarantino once more wipes away the gunk of a zillion B movie tropes to do what he does best: apply a hyper-powered defibrillator to a tuckered out genre.
Luke Buckmaster - Crikey
Django Unchained is classic Tarantino.
Staci Layne Wilson - Yahoo! Movies
Django Unchained is part Red Bull and part bloody bubble bath. It's a hoot and a holler.
Tony Macklin - tonymacklin.net
It's everything you'd expect from a Tarantino film, with the violence so amplified and exaggerated it's nearly been taken to a Looney Tunes level of comedy.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
This is pretty much exactly what you would want from a Tarantino western.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
Effectively tells in Tarantino's excessive style about the evils of slavery.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Quentin Tarantino sets his sights on the spaghetti western and delivers on the talky, ultra-violent bombast expected of him in the entertaining and confronting Django Unchained.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
We're left with an overindulgent shadow of what could have been a much better film.
Jason Buchanan - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Django Unchained offers an embarrassment of riches (and actors in tiny cameos).
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Christoph Waltz is now the chief channeler of all things Tarantino. And that's saying something in a film that includes QT verbosity expert Samuel L. Jackson.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
Tarantino's latest effort isn't his best, it is his most ambitious, and for someone capable of so much, that means quite a lot.
Tyler Chase - Paste Magazine
Tarantino's worst movie is only good...not great.
Bob Grimm - Reno News and Review
Tarantino's blood-soaked ambiance is perfectly in tune with the more serious undercurrents in his spectacularly enjoyable Django Unchained.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Pure Tarantino; pure entertainment!
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
A fine example of unabashed bloodletting in the context of the two worst applications of capitalism in our history, bounty hunting and slavery.
Ron Wilkinson - Monsters and Critics
I hope Django Unchained will be appreciated for being a complex film delivered under the guise of simple pop entertainment.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
A work that suggests someone brave or foolish enough (or both) to charge into a hellfire with dynamite strapped to their back.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
... it's a Tarantino Western... people will be screaming, the blood will flow freely and be splattered about, and the explosions are unnecessarily bigger than they have to be.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
A lesser work by one of America's most ebullient auteurs.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
A delightful mashup of blaxploitation films like 'Shaft' and spaghetti westerns like 'For a Few Dollars More.'
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Exciting. Funny. Gratuitous. Inflammatory. Insensitive. Stylish. Stupid. Sophisticated. Grab just about any adjective out of a hat and chances are it will apply to Tarantino's messy mashup.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
he's either a genius or a savant, I don't know, but wholly without equal.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Hollywood has got to clean up its act --- and that goes for you, Mr. Tarantino!
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
If a little bit --- okay, buckets --- of spilled fake blood are not odious to you, this is a hugely entertaining movie.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Tarantino's spaghetti western of the American South is an untamed blast of stylishly rendered, outrageous entertainment.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
It's bold, it's beautiful, it's a sheer delight... and a more disciplined approach might have made a masterpiece out of it.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
The sometimes cartoonish and silly violence serves a purpose: It contrasts the moments of truly disturbing violence that Tarantino puts on display, always within the context of the brutality doled out to slaves at the hands of white masters.
Ian Buckwalter - The Washingtonian
Django Unchained is everything you want from a Quentin Tarantino movie, with a few new things added in. Powerful, dazzling, and insanely entertaining.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
The first half of 'Django Unchained' boasts some of the most entertaining filmmaking of 2012 -- or perhaps of any year.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
A daffy, loopy revenge story/Western comedy, this may be Quentin Tarantino's most purely entertaining film since ... ever.
Christopher Lloyd - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
A cruel but humorous tale of robust men and women defined by the myth of the 'Old West'.
Chris Laverty - Clothes on Film
The players are in fine form. But the movie he's embroiled them all in is a hit-and-miss affair, at times an amusing reimagining of history, more often a blood-spattered bore.
Roger Moore - McClatchy-Tribune News Service
Despite a bloated running time, it still entertains with Tarantino's trademark combination of humor and violence.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Django may be unchained, but his movie could have used some tighter shackles.
Phil Villarreal - OK! Magazine
Indulgent and excessive, it's Tarantino at his bloody best.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
The director pulls off this look at the horrors of slavery with respect for its subject. With Django Unchained, Tarantino, through his incredible, outrageously violent Spaghetti Western Superman fantasy, tells the truth.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
Pure cinematic testosterone and filled with saucy variations on dozens of other films.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Slavery reimagined as a messy splatterfest where massa gets exactly what he deserves, and then some!
Kam Williams - AALBC.com
Though [it's] propped up by a pair of fantastic performances... it simply doesn't live up to the high standards set by his previous films.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
When we look back at history, we tend to put evil up on this pedestal in a way that unfairly flatters people like Hitler, et al. Tarantino pulls evil men down from their dignified perch and allows you to laugh at them as the actual clowns they were.
Vincent Mancini - FilmDrunk
Four or five legitimately great cinematic moments, and across-the-board strong performances, but a bit too long and slow.
Stephen Silver - EntertainmentTell
While so many ostensibly serious films explore murky moral ambiguity, Tarantino knows that it can be cathartic to see unalloyed villains, whether Nazis or slave owners, get their comeuppance.
Marc Mohan - Oregonian
When a culture tells stories that excuse its own evils long enough, the pendulum is sure to swing the other direction to reveal, even exaggerate, what has been left out.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
As an entertaining revenge flick with roots in exploitation films and spaghetti westerns, Django Unchained succeeds. But it never rises above its genre to become a real, affecting emotional experience.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
If you had pulled me out of the theater one hour into Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, I would have raved. The first portion of the movie is utterly exuberant, full of life and the love of moviemaking.
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
Django Unchained is a masterpiece partly because we need it so badly.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
Quentin Tarantino is seriously warped. But it's in a good way. His fertile imagination produces unique, albeit, violent and almost always, terrific movies.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
Brace yourself America, Tarantino's new film "Django Unchained" is a violent, hilarious, riveting force of nature that also just so happens to be the best movie of the year.
Mathew DeKinder - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Django Unchained is by turns exhilarating, hilarious, horrifying and poetic.
Stephanie Zacharek - NPR
Good but not the best Tarantino has ever done. (Full Content Review for Parents also available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!