Django Unchained 2012

Critics score:
88 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine: Django Unchained is pure, if not great, Tarantino. Read more

Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies: Genre-movie-mad writer-director Quentin Tarantino's foray into Western World is a pretty grave disappointment. Read more

A.O. Scott, New York Times: It is digressive, jokey, giddily brutal and ferociously profane. But it is also a troubling and important movie about slavery and racism. Read more

Rex Reed, New York Observer: Bold, original, mesmerizing, stylish and one hell of a piece of entertainment. Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: 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. Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: By turns dazzling, daring, gruesome and astonishingly funny. Read more

Soren Anderson, Seattle Times: Tarantino wants Django to be a rousing yarn as well as a commentary, but the movie so revels in its carnage that his larger point is drowned in a sea of blood. Read more

Nathan Rabin, AV Club: Tarantino's sure-footed, gorgeously shot, darkly funny Western starts strong and gains in momentum until a breathtaking climax that represents the apogee of his adventures in culture-mashing. Read more

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic: The name of the movie is "Django Unchained," but for all practical purposes it might as well be called "Tarantino Unleashed." Read more

David Germain, Associated Press: ''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. Read more

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: Corkscrewed, inside-out, upside-down, simultaneously clear-eyed and completely out of its mind. Read more

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader: 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. Read more

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: By the two-hour mark the fun had oozed out of the movie for me. It's long. Or feels it. Read more

Tom Charity, Quentin Tarantino has made a spaghetti western and cross-pollinated it with a blaxploitation picture, but it's fully formed, unapologetic and easily one of the best popcorn flicks of the year. Read more

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News: No movie can match Quentin Tarantino's spaghetti Western/blaxploitation/southern when it comes to illustrating the carnage wrought by slavery. Read more

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post: Django Unchained is Tarantino's most complete movie yet. It is also his most vital. His storytelling talents match the heft of the tale. Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: 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. Read more

Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/ A mashup of the spaghetti Western Django and '70s blaxploitation Westerns, it offers Tarantino another chance to show off his twist on history. While it worked with Inglourious Basterds, it just comes across as contrived and excessive here. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: Tarantino, with lip-smacking down-and-dirty subversive gusto, rubs our noses in the forbidden spectacle of America's racist ugliness. Read more

Jordan Hoffman, A violent, whirling fantasia into our dark past Read more

Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter: 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. Read more

Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times: In "Django," Tarantino is a man unchained, creating his most articulate, intriguing, provoking, appalling, hilarious, exhilarating, scathing and downright entertaining film yet. Read more

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: Django Unchained is the most brutal film Quentin Tarantino has ever made.But the movie is also exciting and ironic and, at times, explosively funny: Even at his most serious, Tarantino can't help but entertain and show you a good time. Read more

David Thomson, The New Republic: Django Unchained is 165 minutes and nothing much happens beyond talk and the provision of corpses. The plot lurches around and the artful structure of Pulp Fiction has been abandoned. Read more

Rafer Guzman, Newsday: Unfortunately, it wears out its welcome about two-thirds through, which means -- no kidding -- 45 more minutes to go. Read more

Anthony Lane, New Yorker: 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. Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger: People are bound to read racist overtones into the material, but Tarantino has the consciousness of a 12-year-old boy; there's nothing more to his message here than Slavery Is Bad. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, NPR: Django Unchained is by turns exhilarating, hilarious, horrifying and poetic. Read more

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News: Just when we thought Quentin Tarantino had shown us all the cojones he has, in rides "Django Unchained." Read more

Kyle Smith, New York Post: "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. Read more

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer: It's a live-action, heads-exploding, shoot-'em-up cartoon. Sometimes it crackles, and sometimes it merely cracks. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Tarantino may be the best working director to take scenes of blood, mayhem, and gore and transform them into moments of hilarity. Read more

Richard Roeper, Richard Tarantino gives us an American Spaghetti Western that's a bloody good time from start to finish. Read more

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: Tarantino lives to cross the line. Is Django Unchained too much? ... It wouldn't be Tarantino otherwise. Read more

Andrew O'Hehir, Quentin Tarantino no longer makes movies; he makes trailers. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: "Django Unchained" is the most consistently entertaining movie of 2012. Read more

Dana Stevens, Slate: There's something about [Tarantino's] directorial delectation in all these acts of racial violence that left me not just physically but morally queasy. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: [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. Read more

Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: With a fearless director and his mighty pen freeing a talented cast to attack a vital theme, "Django Unchained" is damnation unleashed. Read more

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail: 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. Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: 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. Read more

Alonso Duralde, TheWrap: Plodding through the parts that the filmmaker couldn't bare to trim down winds up being more than worthwhile, however, for the many moments of sheer moviegoing pleasure that Django Unchained provides. It's a bloody treat. Read more

Tom Huddleston, Time Out: A film bursting with pleasures great and small ... Read more

Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out: Vibrating with the geekery of a filmmaker off the chain, the movie plays like no other this year. Read more

Peter Debruge, Variety: An immensely satisfying taste of antebellum empowerment packaged as spaghetti-Western homage. Read more

Scott Foundas, Village Voice: In his past two movies, Tarantino has ascended to a new level of filmmaking craftsmanship and narrative sophistication. Read more

David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture: Django Unchained doesn't merely hit its marks; it blows them to bloody chunks. Read more

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: "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. Read more