(89) Inglorious Basterds is pure Tarantino. At times, almost too much so. The elongated dialogue borders on self-serving, and it flows less naturally than in earlier works like Jackie Brown and Pulp Fiction. Action is sparse, but when it arrives it does so as the thunderous culmination of well-built suspense. Laurent and Waltz may steal the show, but they’re surrounded by a talented ensemble clearly relishing their roles. For Tarantino fans, Basterds is a real treat – and it packs enough quirky humor to keep most everyone else in their seats.
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