Inglourious Basterds

2009 • 152 minutes
4.5
5.29K reviews
89%
Tomatometer
R
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In the first year of the German occupation of France, Shosanna Dreyfus (Melanie Laurent) witnesses the execution of her family at the hand of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz). Shosanna narrowly escapes and flees to Paris where she forges a new identity as the owner and operator of a cinema. Elsewhere in Europe, lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) organizes a group of Jewish American soldiers to perform swift, shocking acts of retribution. Later known to their enemy as "the basterds," Raine's squad joins German actress and undercover agent Bridget von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger) on a mission to take down the leaders of the Third Reich. Fates converge under a cinema marquis, where Shosanna is poised to carry out a revenge plan of her own.... Employing pulp and propaganda in equal measure, Quentin Tarantino's INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS weaves together infamous, oppressed, real and larger-than-life the stories of WWII.
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4.5
5.29K reviews
A Google user
March 7, 2012
Tarantino's masterpiece is one of many layers; for those who say "Basterds" lacks subtlety, I can only assume the intricacies of his grand design have gone undiscovered. At first blush "Basterds" may seem, a la "Kill Bill", a gory, fantastical revenge epic woven from the grainy strands of homage to spaghetti-western and exploitation films, which QT has now integrated into the war epic; and don't get me wrong, it is certainly, on one level, all of that. However, to this cinephilic endeavor QT brings a quality of writing, character, and plotting which surpasses "Pulp Fiction" or "Jackie Brown". In reading some negative critiques of the film from established critics, I noticed that their derision stemmed from that same unwillingness to look deeper into the text. For the average viewer to assume the film is undeserving of analysis is entirely forgivable, even expected; but for a critic or a film student (me), it just seemed lazy. One Israeli critic thought that "Basterds" was encouraging Jews to become the monsters they despise. In my opinion, QT has wrought the darkest desires of Hitler's victims on celluloid to say: "in revenge, still more can be lost." That's what film is for!
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Freedom Warrior
June 10, 2021
I went into this knowing what to expect. It's not real. It's not historical accurate. It's really meant for entertainment and possibly Tarantino's hidden message or twisted story lines that are just odd. That said, i got a couple laughs "a river-dare-chi" texan accent haha. Or i want my nazi scalps, im gonna get my nazi scalps" haha. The action scenes were intense. I was entertained.
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Ross Nicholson
January 27, 2020
I provided most of the story for Inglorious Basterds, so naturally I'm partial. I believe that this sucker deserves a sequel and I can handle that job. Come on Quint, put a few bucks on the table for me to live on and we can go right downtown on this one. I know you've nursed anger towards me for helping you on Django, this one, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. It's just cover for your own nefariousness. Overcome it, revel in the my success adjacent, and certainly more efficient, than your own. Sure it only takes me a few hours and you have to spend years on a film, but hey, that's not my department. I helped you (count the difference between your stories and mine that you've directed), be a good person and help me back. Otherwise you'll have to face God and explain things. Good luck with that.
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