Inglourious Basterds Reviews

  • Austrian actor Christoph Waltz 
 triumphs, heroically, over Tarantino's brash, cine-drunk tall tale.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • 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.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • It fails as conventional war movie, as genre spoof, as trash and as pulp.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • The outcome is gory and glorious.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • 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.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • 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.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Energetic, inventive, swaggering fun, Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds is a consummate Hollywood entertainment -- rich in fantasy and blithely amoral.

    J. Hoberman — Village Voice

  • When a man makes a movie this good, you can forgive him the occasional indulgence.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • 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.

    Joanne Kaufman — Wall Street Journal

  • 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.

    Tom Maurstad — Dallas Morning News

  • The movie is an ungainly pastiche, yet on some wacked-out Jungian level it's all of a piece.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • 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.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • 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.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • 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.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Inglourious Basterds is a social marker as startling as Easy Rider was in its day.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • 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.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • 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.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Basterds is not great Tarantino but it's solidly good Tarantino, and that's sweet news for his fans.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • 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.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • 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.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

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