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"Inglourious Basterds" begins in German-occupied France, where Shosanna Dreyfus witnesses the execution of her family at the hand of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa. 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 organizes a group of Jewish soldiers to engage in targeted acts of retribution. Known to their enemy as "The Basterds," Raine's squad joins German actress and undercover agent Bridget Von Hammersmark on a mission to take down the leaders of The Third Reich.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

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"Waltz will be unknown to most American audiences -- he was certainly unknown to me -- but he's nothing less than sensational as the silky, polyglot SS officer charged by the Fuhrer to root out the remaining Jews in France."
‑ Tom Charity,
"Its biggest flaw, though, for those who care about such things, may be its moral attitude. That might seem a stodgy thing to bring up in the context of a Quentin Tarantino movie, but it takes such center stage that it needs to be examined."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"Raises a host of fascinating questions about the nature of justice and vengeance, and how these things are understood in both the Jewish and Christian traditions."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Patheos
"It's a long but entertainingly showy melodrama full of cineaste jokes, tricksy wordplay and references to film-makers GW Pabst, Leni Riefenstahl and Sergio Leone."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"For all its originality, this hall of mirrors is the closest Tarantino has come to making a film with old-fashioned, movie-movie appeal."
‑ Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out Chicago
"Like a bat to the head, it's not too subtle, but you can't help but watch."
‑ Laremy Legel,
"Landa is such a wily and despicable concoction that, in movie terms, he's almost impossible not to like. And therein lies part of my problem with this movie."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"A work that is experimental, offbeat, and most distinctly of a unique voice is a welcome rarity."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Despite failing to achieve epic greatness (or moral relevance), Inglourius Basterds is a helluva cinematic experience, rewriting the fall of the Third Reich in a way few directors would ever dare."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Although the actors are flawless, it is Tarantino whose name will go hand in hand with the film -- he is by the modern definition of the word an "auteur.""
‑ Perry Seibert, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Quentin Tarantino seems to be hanging on to a lost world of moviemaking. He may be nuts. But he's a nut who cares."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"I'm tempted to say Tarantino has done it again, but I doubt anyone has ever done anything like his dazzlingly original World War II movie, Inglourious Basterds."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"How does one do justice to a movie as warped, wacky and way out there as 'Inglourious Basterds'? Truth is, you can't. That's how glorious this bastardized version of World War II history becomes."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"The experience is like savoring a box of imported French chocolates, only the last one is filled with the wrath of God."
‑ Aaron Mesh, Willamette Week
"There is absolutely no one like Tarantino. I think he's capable of anything. It's almost too much power for one filmmaker to have."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
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