During his long career, Quentin Tarantino has made nine full-length films and co-authored many other projects. His name has long since become nominal, as have his techniques, which can be called Tarantino: nonlinear narrative, charismatic characters, extreme cruelty and, of course, dialogues.
In honor of the release of the ninth “Once Upon a Time …in Hollywood”, we decided to make a selection of Tarantino films – from the worst to the best. But, frankly speaking, Tarantino has no bad movies, so from good to better.
Places are distributed according to the estimates of viewers and film critics from the four main sites devoted to cinema, namely: КиноПоиск, IMDb, Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes. Here we go!
Death Proof (2007)
Rotten Tomatoes: 65
No matter how much we love Tarantino, his “Death Proof” to say the least. And no, it’s still “not bad,” but it’s not a good project either. The film was originally conceived as a sequel to the “Grindhouse” project. The first part of which, “Planet Terror”, shamelessly failed at the box office. This reason led Quentin to position “Death Proof” as an independent film, although technically it is a continuation.
It is also worth noting that the film is not devoid of the director’s signature techniques. Humor and quite interesting characters are present, but, unfortunately, only in a small part.
As a result, “Proof of Death” is still alive, but not as we would like it to be.
Jackie Brown (1997)
Rotten Tomatoes: 87
The third film in Tarantino’s career “Jackie Brown”, which came out after “Pulp Fiction” is remembered by us for not remembering anything. The plot of the film is tied to the director’s favorite book – “Rum Punch”, which he, of course, adapted. Stewardess Jackie Brown (Pam Grier) in search of additional earnings smuggles from Mexico to the United States. Soon she’ll be caught up with problems in the form of law on the one hand and drug dealers on the other.
In addition to quite an interesting story (although, who as) in the film involves good actors, and even a couple of interesting jokes can be heard. The main drawback is long timekeeping. The film is almost two and a half hours, and there is an opinion that if you cut it in half or even three times, it will be much better.
The Hateful Eight (2015)
Rotten Tomatoes: 74
The success of “Django Unchained” marked the release of another western painting – “The Hateful Eight”. Initially, “Eight” was to be a continuation of “Django”. But apparently something went wrong, and Tarantino decided to focus on the solo project.
The action of the “Eight”, for the most part, takes place in a closed space (inn). In which all the protagonists were forced to find themselves. There they will wait for the storm, and the relationship to find out. Where without that?
The film, as expected, turned out to be quite atmospheric: a good intrigue, disgusting and unattractive characters, dirty picture and paranoia, which comes from all the gaps. And we’re not talking about flaws right now. Also worth mentioning is a good musical accompaniment and excellent performance of the actors.
Among the downsides, we can note a fairly long time, which Tarantino sins in almost every movie. As well as predictable plot themes that have already met in his other films. For example, racism during the Civil War we saw in “Django” and the search for the traitor in “Reservoir Dogs”.
Kill Bill. Volume 1 (2003) and Kill Bill. Volume 2 (2004)
Rotten Tomatoes: 84/84
The “Kill Bill” movie dialogue consists of two full-fledged militants, which are inextricably linked not only by assessments, but also by plot. The action of both films focuses on Beatrix Kiddo (Uma Thurman), a former assassin who decides to get even with her enemies.
This film dialogue is an example of good action, which, as it was said above, can be called “Tarantine”. Namely: the lack of realism in what is happening, unusual color and music, spectacular performances of battles, a huge number of references and tons of blood. Without them, it’s like having no hands, you know. But even that’s not the limit. “Kill Bill” boasts the most confusing and non-linear style of narration, where the first movie is the second and the second first (and we will not talk about the chapters, so as not to spoil everything definitively). Perhaps it was this fact that influenced the final scores, because by the canon, the first film is always better.
As a result, “Kill Bill” is one of the best representatives of the genre of action movies, and the best film diology at Tarantino itself, without taking into account the fact that others he did not remove.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Rotten Tomatoes: 88
In fourth place, one of the best representatives of the “Tarantinovsky” movie – “Inglourious Basterds”, a film whose plot is difficult to put into less than three sentences.
In short, all the major events of the film unfold against the backdrop of World War II, in German-occupied France. Among the main characters can be distinguished by a group of soldiers-Jews, who brutally dealt with the Nazis. “The Hunter of the Jews” Standartenführer Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz), as well as a Jewish girl Shosanna Dreyfus (Mélanie Laurent ), later – the owner of a fateful movie theater.
In addition to a rather confusing plot (so confusing that we will not tell you it) and a large number of characters, the film boasts the most popular techniques Quentin. Namely: a non-linear narrative, a completely atypical plot, in some scenes beyond common sense. Murderous cruelty, through irony and, of course, dialogues. Frankly speaking, the dialogues in this film are the best part. Tense, long, exciting, horrifying, and in some cases absurd and inappropriate, which, strangely enough, is more of a plus than a minus. But Tarantino didn’t stop there either, making the heroes speak not only English, but also other languages. Exposing the characters with one click, depending on the language they speak.
But there are also disadvantages. Because of the abundance of everything (timekeeping, storylines, characters, languages), the overall integrity of the picture at some point may start to get lost or disappear altogether. The solution is one thing – to look more closely and not to be distracted.
Reservoir Dogs (1991)
Rotten Tomatoes: 91
“Reservoir Dogs” was Tarantino’s directorial debut in the big movie. Immediately after its release, the film won international acclaim, good (relative to the budget) box office, praise from critics, many film awards, addressed mainly to the Tarantino himself, and most importantly – the love of the audience.
The action of the film unfolds around a group of criminals who, having committed a robbery, gather at a designated place, and try to find out who the traitor.
Such an independent project stands out from the rest, Hollywood paintings. Taking into account the tiny budget (1.2 million dollars) Tarantino was able to demonstrate a fairly high level of direction. Creating a unique manner of storytelling, picking up an excellent cast and seasoning it all with an atypical plot, which, you will agree, is not bad.
Among other things, the film has become the ancestor of classical techniques of the director, such as nonlinear narrative, long, and not affecting the plot dialogue, cruelty and “own atmosphere”, which is often confused with the “lack of realism in everything that happens”, which, by the way, is also here.
Django Unchained (2012)
Rotten Tomatoes: 86
“Django Unchained” is Tarantino’s first attempt at a spaghetti western movie. And as is customary with Tarantino, the first attempt is always successful.
The plot tells about the acquaintance and cooperation bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) and a fugitive slave named Django (Jamie Foxx).
The film turned out to be cheerful, in the best traditions of the western, where the shooting, as itself is implied – a separate character of the film. By the way, the director has not forgotten about his own methods, having gathered the best cast and filled the film with an excessive number of references and omages. As an example, the director borrowed the name of the main character from the 1966 Django Western of the same name.
The painting received many nominations for “Oscar” and “Golden Globe” winning a couple, collected a decent cash collection, and along with them positive reviews from critics and the audience.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Rotten Tomatoes: 92
Tarantino’s best film, according to viewers and critics, was released immediately after “Reservoir Dogs”, becoming second in the filmography of the famous director.
“Pulp Fiction” is considered a true film classic. The film itself is consistently among the top of the best, taking not the most recent places. As an example, the 14th place on KinoSearch and 8th place on IMDb with ratings 8.6 and 8.9 respectively.
The painting is a collection of various stories connected between the main actors – hired killers Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield (John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson). The narrative is non-linear and one of the stories is completely divided into two parts. This technique, although used previously, brought the film extraordinary popularity, accelerating the development of independent American cinema many times.
In addition to the non-linearity of “Pulp Fiction” has “completely its atmosphere,” a lot of references and extremely cool dialogue about food and not only. Well, the genre integrity is not without it. Represented as a “black comedy” film never tries to seem something else. Moreover, “Reading” expands and deepens the genre, leaving a couple of philosophical questions last, chief among them – “What was all the same in that case?”