Django Unchained Reviews

  • 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

  • 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 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

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