Reviews: The Hateful Eight (2015)

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  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Lontanissimo dallo sguardo democratico di Ford o dal revisionismo di Eastwood, così come dall’amarezza della sconfitta di Peckinpah e dello stesso Corbucci, o dal senso dello spettacolo esasperato di Leone, Tarantino dimostra, ancora una volta, di non conoscere per nulla il genere che dichiara di amare.
  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Quentin Tarantino se abandona a sí mismo con una película mastodóntica, diabólica y maravillosamente fluida en su espesor. Un thriller genialmente genial, una violenta chuchería para el paladar.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: Eight’ takes a great many familiar elements — of the Western, of the drawing-room mystery, of the Cinerama epic, of Tarantino’s own work — and makes them fresh, almost entirely via its patently unhurried approach. And its creator’s playfulness is all over the movie; Tarantino is a filmmaker who, at his best, always seems to have a great time exploring the possibilities, taking wild ideas for a spin, throwing things at the wall to see what sticks.
  • Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Francisco Cangiano @ CineXpress [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: The Hateful Eight es parte Reservoir Dogs, Django Unchained y Clue. La misma incluye lo mejor de Tarantino, al igual que lo peor. Desde lo más reservado hasta lo más extravagante – los personajes, el impactante y astuto diálogo y la exagerada violencia están todos incluidos. Además de esto, Tarantino hace hincapié en atacar el tema del racismo – de manera horrible y también con humor. Con The Hateful Eight, Tarantino nos entrega su cinta más matizada y para adultos hasta el momento. Una de las mejores ofertas del 2015.
  • Robert Cashill @ Popdose.com
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Russell and Jason Leigh, handcuffed together for most of the running time, are especially great, so choreographed are their movements, so slapstick is the violence between the two.
  • David Crow @ Den of Geek
    • Excerpt: A strange and potent blend of Stagecoach and Reservoir Dogs, Ten Little Indians and The Thing, Hateful is a bloody unique cinematic concoction from one of Hollywood’s most iniquitous mixers. And it leaves a hell of an aftertaste worth savoring.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: “The Hateful Eight” is a movie you can’t stop watching, even as you keep waiting for this movie to add up to something. Tarantino openly presents himself as the modern visual poet of the oppressed, and that his moral compass points in the direction of the underdog. You have to wonder about that assumption after watching “The Hateful Eight,” you really do.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight is not so much a deconstruction of the Western as it is a playful riff on our expectations for the genre and, perhaps, for the film itself.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films
    • Excerpt: There are things about The Hateful Eight to admire. Tarantino seems to be more interested in creating character arcs that reveal some changes and depths of understanding. The biggest problem for me is that the film really held no surprises, nor did the stakes feel important or personal in any way.
  • Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk Online
  • Hugo Gomes @ Cinematograficamente Falando … [Portuguese]
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Exploitative, self-indulgent and sadistic, it’s a highly-stylized Tarantino Western…
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Quentin Tarantino has a lot of power. How many studios would give a director carte blanche to make a film this empty?
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Inexcusably self-indulgent. Tarantino gratifies his enormous self-love and his amusement at his own genius at the expense of all else.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: The Hateful Eight is not Quentin Tarantino’s best film ever, but it is one hell of a ride and one of 2015’s most fascinating cinematic achievements. I love the widescreen, the leery score, the way Kurt Russell spits out the name Daisy Domergue, and the way Samuel L. Jackson sits down while reloading his revolver saying, “Let’s slow this down; let’s slow this wayyyy down.”
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: As a realization of Tarantino’s vision, The Hateful Eight is one of 2015’s best movies – and a standout in the director’s filmography.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: A sojourn into the blackest, coldest, meanest of hearts, “The Hateful Eight” is a richly chatty, shockingly demented, and just plain unpredictable piece of work and as much of an event as any tentpole.
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Daniel Lackey @ The Nightmare Gallery
    • Excerpt: Only Quentin Tarantino could make a film like The Hateful Eight. For that matter, nobody else would even be allowed to make a film like it.
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  • Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: Tarantino’s latest exercise in comedic nihilism rates an A- for audacity. Full of signature tropes, this sanguinary oater owes equal debts to Leone, Agatha Christie … Flawed, startlingly revelatory, another notch for the gunslinger-arrogant auteur.
  • Alan Mattli @ The Zurich English Student
    • Excerpt: His regressions to his more infantile past notwithstanding, it seems more than possible that Tarantino has reached some kind of career peak here, as The Hateful Eight sees the convergence of him as a storyteller who entertains his audience – which, he claims, is his main goal as a filmmaker – and him as a cinematic artist.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge
  • Jared Mobarak @ BuffaloVibe
    • Excerpt: It appears Quentin Tarantino has decided to go back to his roots by making his eighth feature film The Hateful Eight in the same vein as his debut Reservoir Dogs—namely keeping sets and actors to the bare minimum for added tension without room for escape. In desperate need to scale things back to the down and dirty, fast-paced, dialogue-driven masterworks he built his name upon, he wonderfully found a way to do exactly that.
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Book a stay at Minnie’s Haberdashery this Christmas!
  • Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee
    • Excerpt: I would have to disagree with those who call The Hateful 8 a western. I think it better to describe it as a post Civil War giallo.
  • Ben Nicholson @ CineVue
    • Excerpt: The Hateful Eight is easily Tarantino’s most fantastic film in terms of its visuals, its period detail and its award-worthy score, but it suffers from the director’s common pitfalls while lacking the verve that so often carries him through.
  • Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • Eddie Pasa @ DC Filmdom
    • Excerpt: Quentin Tarantino’s eight film is beautiful, ugly, vulgar, thrilling, and nigh uncomfortable, with a heaping helping of Hitchcockian suspense.
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: Tarantino has always been a provocative filmmaker, and he toys with the audience just like Warren does with Smithers in one of the film’s standout scenes. There are more uses of the N-word than some may be comfortable with, and film erupts, at times, into the most graphic bloodshed the director has ever unleashed on the screen.
  • Kristy Puchko @ Comic Book Resources
    • Excerpt: With The Hateful Eight, Tarantino finally may have delivered his friend the Oscar win that’s alluded him for 30 years, since Jackson earned a supporting nod for Pulp Fiction.
  • Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com
    • Excerpt: Leading the pack of swaggering, full-throated performances is Jackson, who is about as tough and smooth and vengeful as a man can be. And driving it all is Tarantino’s terrific storytelling, loaded with clever, nasty, exuberant dialogue and his love of movies.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: The Hateful Eight is, essentially, a Bottle Movie. For three hours, it traps eight worthless human beings in a cabin in the midst of a blizzard of Biblical proportions and lets them do what despicable people do, especially when they all have guns. It opens staggeringly with the vision of a wooden stake carved into the image of Christ on the cross. If the Bible reminds us that the wages of sin is death, then the sinners at the center of this story should not be surprised by their fate.
  • Thomas Spurlin @ DVDTalk.com
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Not odious, but no classic either…a western potboiler with a mystery-novel pulse, amusing in parts but overlong and less endowed with juicy characters, dialogue and plot twists than many of the writer-director’s previous films, though it does provide the expected bloodbath at the close.
  • Chase Whale @ ChaseWhale.com [English]
    • Excerpt: The Hateful Eight is a more conventional western, not as wacky as Django Unchained, but it’s everything you want from a Tarantino movie: high tension, deft and intuitive dialogue, and sudden, grisly violence.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: If the film disappoints, it’s strictly due to the sense that the director has been here before, thematically speaking.