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Inglourious Basterds

action & adventure, drama

Brad Pitt leads a Nazi-scalping squad of American soldiers on a daring mission to take down the leaders of the Third Reich in this high-octane Quentin Tarantino WWII revenge fantasy.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
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common sense

1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
4 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
2 out of 5
5 out of 5

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.

what families can talk about

  • 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?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: 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.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, August 21, 2009

Fresh: The true moral universe in which the film unfolds is that of the spaghetti westerns...: a world in which the strong are above the law and the way to tell the good guys from the bad guys is not by their acts but by the kind of hats they wear.

- Christopher Orr, The New Republic, Thursday, August 20, 2009

Fresh: The outcome is gory and glorious.

- Claudia Puig, USA Today, Thursday, August 20, 2009

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Nice little Tarantino flick of revenge set against the backdrop of WWII. The actors are top notch and the carnage is just right.

- jmanard52, Friday, January 1, 2010

5 stars

If you can get by the gore of it all, It's actually a very funny movie -- a LOT of imagination went into it -- you have to watch closely!

- sainttom93, Monday, October 4, 2010

5 stars

I don't know how Quentin Tarantino will ever make a better film than Inglourious Basterds. This is Tarantino's best work since Pulp Fiction. I waited patiently for a year to see this film and when it finally came out, I went to see it and was blown away. Christoph Waltz delivers one of the best performances as Col Hans Landa and Brad Pitt is also amusing as Lt. Aldo Raine. Quentin Tarantino has crafted another phenomenal film, and everything you'd expect from a Tarantino film is here. This film is vintage Tarantino, it's got clever, witty dialogue, stylized violence a terrific soundtrack and touches of dark humour. Don't watch this film expecting a lot of action, expect a Quentin Tarantino film, and if you've seen Pulp Fiction you'll know exactly what I mean by that. Inglourious Basterds is the finest film by Quentin Tarantino in a long time. As with every one of Tarantino's films, the plot is richly detailed, the acting is superb, the characters are memorable and theres of course stylized violence. I have viewed Quentin Tarantino's previous films, Kill Bill and Death proof; both are good films. However, Inglourious Basterds tops both films by a long shot. Tarantino pays Tribute to the similar titled Enzo G. Castelari in name only. Castelari's original film opened the door for many different storylines to be written about a squad of Americans killing Nazis. In Tarantino's case, Jewish soldiers getting a little payback. Like every other film by Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds is a superbly crafted film that definitely entertains. Some scenes do drag on, but in the end, it doesn't matter due to the solid cast of actors. This is a new vision by master Quentin Tarantino, a film that showcases what his vision of World War II would be. Tarantino definitely knows how to entertain an audience, and with Basterds he serves up his most epic, boldness and ambitious film yet. Along with Pulp Fiction, Inglourious Basterds will most likely be seen as one of his best films. I'm definitely looking forward to Tarantino's next film, and I keep on wondering how will he be able to top this one?

- TheDudeLebowski65, Friday, October 1, 2010