'Inglourious Basterds' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   37 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   273 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    67
    Austrian actor Christoph Waltz 
 triumphs, heroically, over Tarantino's brash, cine-drunk tall tale.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    20
    It fails as conventional war movie, as genre spoof, as trash and as pulp.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    88
    The outcome is gory and glorious.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    63
    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 » 5 years ago
  • J. Hoberman Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Energetic, inventive, swaggering fun, Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds is a consummate Hollywood entertainment -- rich in fantasy and blithely amoral.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    80
    When a man makes a movie this good, you can forgive him the occasional indulgence.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Joanne Kaufman Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Tom Maurstad Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    90
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    The movie is an ungainly pastiche, yet on some wacked-out Jungian level it's all of a piece.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • David Denby New Yorker (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    100
    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 » 5 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    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 » 5 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Inglourious Basterds is a social marker as startling as Easy Rider was in its day.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    50
    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 » 5 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    88
    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 » 5 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    75
    Basterds is not great Tarantino but it's solidly good Tarantino, and that's sweet news for his fans.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    80
    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 » 5 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    88
    Quentin Tarantino's extremely witty revenge fantasy Inglourious Basterds may be the most fun you'll have at the movies this summer.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    20
    Inglourious is slow, dumb -- and in a first for QT in his cinema savant career -- incompetent.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    88
    These Basterds blend into a much richer story, a hugely entertaining one with stars you don't immediately see shining.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Laremy Legel Film.com (Top Critic)
    92
    Like a bat to the head, it's not too subtle, but you can't help but watch.
    Full Review » 3 years ago