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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: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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,
"The film might not be Tarantino's masterpiece but it is his most entertaining and exhilarating effort since Pulp Fiction."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"If you really like movies, chances are you like Tarantino. And if you like Tarantino, chances are you'll like Inglourious Basterds."
‑ Kirk Baird, Toledo Blade
"[It] gets by on typical Tarantino gumption."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, Sacramento News & Review
"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
"It's a Second World War fantasy made up of bits and pieces of Second World War movies and reassembled into a wordy pastiche that is irresistibly absurd. It's positively inglorious."
‑ Jay Stone,
"It has been a problem in the past that Tarantino's voice could be heard in the lines he wrote, but the mesmerising Waltz takes that gleeful relish of language and presents it as a vital aspect of Landa's professional pride."
‑ Ryan Gilbey, New Statesman
"Tarantino's ensemble converses at length in basement taverns and cinema lobbies and war rooms, and the best exchanges are tricky, chesslike psycho-verbal games of subterfuge."
‑ John Serba,
"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
"Inglourious Basterds will be loved and hated, sometimes in the same scene, eventually leading to at least grudging admiration."
‑ Steve Persall, Tampa Bay Times
"A failure so complete that it is infuriating as opposed to merely disappointing"
‑ Craig Mathieson,
"It may be an unexpected adventure of unusual proportions and design, but it's still the most glorious adventure of the summer."
‑ Rob Hunter, Film School Rejects
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