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The Hateful Eight

HD   R Closed Captioning

Quentin Tarantino

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About the Movie

In THE HATEFUL EIGHT, set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as “The Hangman,” will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

TOMATOMETER

74%
  • Reviews Counted: 278
  • Fresh: 207
  • Rotten: 71
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: This is Tarantino. And it's very entertaining, even when it's entertainingly vile, which happens a lot in this overlong movie's extended third act. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Jan 1, 2016

Fresh: Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight is a lot of things. Boring, of course, isn't one of them. – Tony Hicks, San Jose Mercury News, Jan 4, 2016

Fresh: It's fascinating to watch -- not once was I bored -- and superior to most other offerings on the big screen at the moment. – Stephen Romei, The Australian, Feb 9, 2016

Rotten: This time around, you had better bring along all the patience you can muster - and perhaps some forgiveness as well -- or The Hateful Eight will not meet your heightened hopes. – Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun (Australia), Jan 22, 2016

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Customer Reviews

Y'all are stupid

Everyone is f*****g stupid, I swear. This is a Quentin Tarantino movie. It's supposed to start slow and conclude with a bang. Anyone who is a fan of Tarantino's previous work will NOT be disappointed with this. It's spectacular.

Too mired in Tarantino-isms for its own good

“The Hateful Eight” has everything you expect from Tarantino: snappy dialogue, excessive swearing, monotonous actions being filmed with excessive grandeur, gory over-the-top action, and colorful characters. Unfortunately, unlike his better films like Kill Bill or Jackie Brown, it lacks an interesting plot, and dials up these aspects to “11” to try and fill the gap.

The dialogue sequences go on way too long and lack pay-off. The characters deliver each of the 100 uses of the N-word with a certain pop like it is supposed to come as a shock to the viewer. Mundane sequences of things like putting horses in a stable or digging stakes into the ground drag on mercilessly and serve no purpose later in the film. The action is bloody but its only point is to make sure no one is left standing at the end of the film. The movie sets up to be this big character-driven mystery, but only bothers fleshing out a hand-full of them.

The movie wants to be this deep, suspenseful mystery where a bunch of people who don’t trust each other get trapped in a cabin together, and need to rely on their wits and form alliances to last until the snow melts and they can get out with their lives. Instead, the film is too busy showing people eating stew or talking about the American Civil War.

It’s like the film stumbles on for two hours, barely managing to develop the plot, so it throws its hands up in defeat and proclaims “I GIVE UP! Screw it, here’s the answer to the mystery. Now everyone, get to killing each other!” Tarantino even gives a narration two-thirds of the way into the movie (or right after the intermission, depending on which version you see) telling the audience what was happening in the movie (you know, in case you’re too dumb to understand), which comes off as a giant middle finger to anyone watching.

I was bored and disappointed, and can recommend this only to the most dedicated Tarantino fans.

Tarantino Does It Again

I saw this at the Arclight Theater in Hollywood in 70mm, it was amazing. This movie is about as Tarantino as it gets - lots of killing, lots of blood, and a very bizarre monologue from Samuel L. Jackson toward the end of the first half of the movie, and that is one of the most Samuel L. Jackson scenes put on film since the Jules Winnfield days. Could it have been shorter? Yes. Could they have cut out quite a bit? Yes. But the movies that Taratino makes are very atmospheric in nature, the sets are almost as much of a character as the humans acting on the screen are. Honestly if you're a Tarantino fan and you're complaining about this movie after seeing it, and you know extensively about his movie filming and writing processes, you're not a Tarantino fan.

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  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 2016

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