San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's not enough to say that Inglourious Basterds is Quentin Tarantino's best movie. It's the first movie of his artistic maturity, the film his talent has been promising for more than 15 years.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Tarantino exercises both his obsession with vengeance and his fascination with the movies.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
A fairy tale about the infinite power of film, it boasts all his swaggering trademarks: rapid-fire dialogue, gleeful violence, endless cultural references. But it's the sharp-eyed deliberation that makes the greatest impact.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
For anyone professing true movie love, there's no resisting it.
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Entertainment Weekly

By 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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The film on the whole feels unusually labored and conventional by Tarantino standards. Reducing World War II to juvenilia isn't the problem; the problem is that juvenilia needs to pop.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
A manically playful revenge fantasia made from the spare parts of Sergio Leone spaghetti westerns and strapping World War II action flicks.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By 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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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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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Less a Holocaust retribution fantasy than a messy homage to war movies, and to movies, period.
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69 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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