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Inglourious Basterds Review

Movies.com Critics

4.5

Dave White Profile

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    69

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal

    Nothing about the emotionally unmoored Inglourious Basterds adds up. Whether it's parody, farce or a fever dream is anyone's guess.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The film is by no means terrible -- its two hours and 32 minutes running time races by -- but those things we think of as being Tarantino-esque, the long stretches of wickedly funny dialogue, the humor in the violence and outsized characters strutting across the screen, are largely missing.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    In Tarantino's besotted historical reverie, real-life villains Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels are played as grotesque jokes. The Basterds are played as exaggeratedly tough Jews. The women are femmes fatales.?

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Tarantino exercises both his obsession with vengeance and his fascination with the movies.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Not for kids

Tarantino's World War II epic is both bloody and talky.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, like all of director Quentin Tarantino's work, while this World War II adventure starring Brad Pitt is full of food for thought, it's also brutally violent, bloody, and full of harsh language. Expect cringe-inducing beatings, shootings, and more, plus a non-stop barrage of words like "f--k" and "s--t," constant smoking, and plenty of drinking. The film also takes lots of liberties with history and is very talky -- meaning that teens who watch might alternate between being bored to death and shocked by the gory parts.

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. What's the impact of the brutal scenes? Does it make the violence feel surreal or more honest and authentic?

  • Are there limits on what soliders will and won't (or can and can't) do in the heat of the moment during wartime? Do soliders who participate in a genocide like that of the Nazis against the Jews deserve any mercy?

  • What does the movie say about the role of filmmaking, press/public relations, and storytelling as part of war? What role does film have in wartime? How can it be manipulated to meet those ends?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Extensive discussion (and depiction) of the pursuit of vengeance and of the role that rumor and fear play in psychological warfare. The film's discussion of the Nazis' extermination of Jews is glossed over in the context of a rock-'em, sock-'em action film.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: The movie's characters are either coldly efficient killing machines or hot-headed murderers ... with a few decent people along the way to suffer at the hands of said killers and murderers.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Strong, brutal, bloody violence throughought, including both war violence (gunfights, shootings, and more) and brutal close-quarters encounters (deliberate mutilation with knives, throat-slashings, scalping). A man is beaten to death with a baseball bat on camera. A woman is shot at point-blank range. A German officer is shown being obliterated by machine-gun fire, bullets pulverizing his body and face into a bloody mass. A man drives his finger into a woman's bullet wound to elicit cooperation and information. Soldiers and civilians are machine-gunned; others die in a house-fire.

  • sex false2

    Sex: A few seconds of clothed sexual activity are shown for comedic effect, with no nakedness; some suggestive dialogue.

  • language false5

    Language: Constant swearing and strong language, including "f--k," "motherf--ker," "s--t," "goddammit," "bastards," "ass," "damn," "hell," and more. "Jew," Nazi," "Apachem," and "Negro" are all used, both as descriptive phrases and as insults.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Some mentions of brands like Coca-Cola.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink beer, wine, champagne, and hard liquor, sometimes to excess. Characters also smoke cigarettes extensively (accurate for the era), use snuff, and smoke pipes. The medical use of morphine is discussed.

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