What's the verdict on 'Django Unchained'?
December 25th, 2012
10:04 AM ET

What's the verdict on 'Django Unchained'?

"Django Unchained" is not without its faults, but you'd have a tough time identifying them from the reviews.

Overall, critics have been thoroughly entertained by Quentin Tarantino's latest offering, which sees Jamie Foxx's Django go from a slave to a free man seeking to reunite with his enslaved wife, Broomhilda, and to level the deserving with revenge.

While Foxx and Kerry Washington, who portrays Broomhilda, get a nod or two for their performances, it was Christoph Waltz's turn as German bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz and Samuel L. Jackson's unnerving portrayal of Stephen, the enslaved right-hand-man of Leonardo DiCaprio's ruthless plantation owner Calvin Candie, that were the most praised.

But that's not to overlook writer/director Tarantino who, if not exactly stretching himself with "Django," is relishing being squarely in his wheelhouse.

"'Django Unchained' is classic Tarantino. ... The dialogue, particularly in the first hour, is some of the wittiest of any screenplay in recent memory," said USA Today's Claudia Puig. Tarantino's unflinchingly take on slavery and violence isn't for everyone, but for those who can stand to listen, Puig believes "Tarantino has something serious to say about American culture, history and race."

With "Django," the Los Angeles Times lauded in its review, the director himself is the man "Unchained," "creating his most articulate, intriguing, provoking, appalling, hilarious, exhilarating, scathing and downright entertaining film yet."

The New York Post was more measured in its critique, hinting that if you liked 2009's "Inglorious Basterds" you'll likely enjoy this Western ride, too.

"Like all Tarantino movies, 'Django' features expertly engineered surprises, plenty of big movie moments and several instances of loopy brilliance, but itโ€™s also a rehash of 'Inglourious Basterds' with slavery substituting for Nazism," critic Kyle Smith said.

CNN's Tom Charity considered "Django" one of the best of the year, finding it to be a "big, brazen movie, brilliantly acted across the board [and] one of the best things Tarantino has done."

Rolling Stones' Peter Travers was candid about where "Django" comes up short - or, rather, runs long - but he believes the entertainment value will make up for that.

"Like Sergio Corbucci, who directed the first 'Django' (starring Franco Nero), in 1966, Tarantino obeys the only commandment that counts in exploitation movies: anything goes," said. "'Django Unchained' is literally all over the place. It twists and turns over an unbridled two hours and 45 minutes, giving history (and stamina) a serious pounding ... Not that you'll care. You'll be having too much fun."

Well, unless your name is Spike Lee. The filmmaker recently explained that he hasn't seen "Django," and has no interest in doing so because he finds it to be "disrespectful."

"I can't speak on it 'cause I'm not gonna see it," he said in an interview with VIBETV last week. "All I'm going to say is that it's disrespectful to my ancestors."

He elaborated on Twitter Saturday, posting, "American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western.It Was A Holocaust.My Ancestors Are Slaves.Stolen From Africa.I Will Honor Them."

Lee's been cautious to add that he's only speaking for himself, not anyone else.

Are you planning on seeing "Django," and if you have, what did you think?

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soundoff (121 Responses)
  1. b.b

    Would rather see Lincoln 10x than see this movie.

    January 17, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Read Respond

    1. Do you think there should be a DJango inspired film about the Holocaust?
    2. Why was S. L. Jackson's character filled with hatred toward his own race?
    3. Freedom was handed to S. L. Jackson's character but he decided to stay in his "position" after his "master's" death. Why? Please note: S. L. Jackson's character was a "free" man.
    4. How far off are the descriptors of African-American people in the movie from The Bell Curve?
    5. Did slavery really end with the Emancipation Proclamation?
    6. How far have African-Americans come (especially Black men)?

    January 12, 2013 at 3:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. well written...

    same script. s0rry.

    January 9, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. regenesis0

    I think Lee is being a bit rigid, but I respect his commitment to his ideals.

    January 9, 2013 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. uh right.

    if you need "help" let me know...your the only production i'd make the effort for.

    January 8, 2013 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  6. Judy Childs

    Dear Spike Lee and others who are sensitive to the atrocities of mankind,

    Please remember that sacred ground to you, is not always sacred ground to others! If one is STILL human and hasn't evolved past humanity, then certainly they can understand that THEY too have past histories that "should NOT" be touched and that some things are "sacred" and should ":NEVER" be trampled upon!!!!


    January 8, 2013 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. Churchy

    Loved loved loved it. Tarentino at his best – classic.

    January 6, 2013 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. A. W. Goins

    If you take Quentin Tarantino add Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio; stir in some Samuel L. Jackson and a dose of pre Civil War slavery you should have a recipe for a great movie experience, right? Well, "Django Unchained" is either the best bad movie or the worst good movie I have ever seen!

    January 5, 2013 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. a flock of illegals

    omg a black fella with a gun..../duck

    January 3, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. SunkissGirl

    LOVED,LOVED,LOVED IT!!!!!!! All of the actors were just amazing, i could have watched it and hour more. I will be purchasing it when it is released on DVD :~)

    January 2, 2013 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. FloppyBeerBelly

    spike goes a little too far for someone who has never seen the movie.

    January 2, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jim Dandey

    It's about an hour too long, and there are long, slow points of inactivity. If you can overlook (or endure) these issues, it's a good film. And if Spike Lee isn't going to see it, how does he know it's "disrespectful"?

    January 2, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Easy

    as a black man, i sat and watch this movie on christmas and also the 28th.. yes it was about slavery, yes it was violent, yes it was misinformed,.. it's a movie, Tarantino is a great director, he is not afraid to tackle something like slavery, i thought the movie was very entertaining. it did what it was intended to do. so relax people, if we want to get read of racism, we need to talk about it, not shown away from it. great movie. next one should be a remake of amistad, tarantino version.

    December 31, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Just because you watched it twice does not mean you had to comment twice.

      January 2, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Think

      1. Do you think there should be a DJango inspired film about the Holocaust?
      2. Why was S. L. Jackson's character filled with hatred toward his own race?
      3. Freedom was handed to S. L. Jackson's character but he decided to stay in his "position" after his "master's" death. Why? Please note: S. L. Jackson's character was a "free" man.
      4. How far off are the descriptors of African-American people in the movie from The Bell Curve?
      5. Did slavery really end with the Emancipation Proclamation?

      January 12, 2013 at 3:56 am | Report abuse |
  14. jerzy4l

    as a black man, i sat and watch this movie on christmas and also the 28th.. yes it was about slavery, yes it was violent, yes it was misinformed,.. it's a movie, Tarantino is a great director, he is not afraid to tackle something like slavery, i thought the movie was very entertaining. it did what it was intended to do. so relax people, if we want to get read of racism, we need to talk about it, not shown away from it. great movie. next one should be a remake of amistad, tarantino version.

    December 31, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joe

    I applaud a director who is bold enough to bring to film the horrors of slavery but question why a scene of a black man being ripped to shreds by wild dogs is relevant? Did he not make his point with scene after scene of bull whipped scarred slaves or the Mandingo fight to the death? Anyone who has seen Tarantino films is used to bad guys meeting their demise...no argument there. Why not a scene of DiCaprio being ripped to shreds after slaves retake Candy Land? With Tarantino not shying away from historical inaccuracies...I would have preferred a scene with a bull whipped DiCaprio being walked ahead of Django on a horse as in the opening scene. Im sure there were other white patrons who have a similar view.

    December 30, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  16. NathanB

    II am saddened to see such anger and hatred among black people. I am praying for you all.

    December 29, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big C

      I saddened to see that you don't understand why black people would be angry and hate!

      January 9, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  17. do do do


    you believe in this new project then go for it. spike is a pain in the ass.

    December 28, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  18. sscared and afraid

    that's all it is...poor thing.

    December 28, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  19. blub

    Inglorious Basterds as well as Django tell a story as we hope it had happened. A revenge fantasy. It's a step forward in overcoming the slave(r) made in school out of us (by the necessity of telling a truth). Political correctness replaced with actual feelings and complexity made more complex to feel it better, to take sides. Tarantino might succeed in making the American form of racism more difficult to have after watching this thing.

    December 28, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  20. SSpike

    lol. spike is screwing up. he has too be quiet now because noone is listening anymore he has to be careful how he markets himself.

    December 28, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  21. talk talk talk

    jg your comment has been made 4 times in the last 2 days.

    great photo shoot...i look better then i did 6 yrs ago...who was on the other end...xo

    December 28, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  22. J G

    Spike Lee is such a pathetic joke. haha. And his movies suck. Nobody cares about your "ancestors."

    December 28, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heart

      "Nobody" cares ... If you think Spike Lee is out of line then look in the mirror. There are people who care about his ancestors which might be your ancestors. Make your point but please reframe from insulting an entire race of people.

      January 12, 2013 at 4:00 am | Report abuse |
  23. BelladonnaCove

    Haven't seen it yet... should I ?
    In the trailer - those two slave dudes who are forced to fight... they're pretty nice-looking ๐Ÿ™‚ Although probably NOT too cute after killing each other, I bet.

    December 28, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  24. surelyabl

    Though I did find it entertaining, as I am a Tarantino fan. A black gentlemen who was sitting next to me with his teenage grandchildren expressed it best when he pointed out that Tarantino did a good job illustrating the horror's of slavery for the black man. Slavery was an awful, awful period in this countries history and sometime we need reminders of our past so we don't repeat it.

    December 28, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Glenn

    It was a wildly entertaining movie. Of course it was violent, but it was also funny, witty & well acted.I would tell people to go see it.

    December 28, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  26. Leo

    I saw this movie on Xmas day, and it was one of the most appaulling movies that I've ever seen that suppose to bring entertainment value to us. Granted, I know that Quentin Tarantino is not suppose to empasize any black of slave historical value, he's just a misinformed commercial director that has been known for his shock value films, however, to do a film that suppose to possible boast black heroism (Jamie Foxx as black bounty hunter), it failed horribly by the over 100 instances of the N-word. Many of them that were used had no historical or era connection and could have been left out. This film took us back at the "crabs in a barrow" analogy, with Samuel L. Jackson playing the biggest crab, how could he have taken a role like that, as well as Jamie, and lets us not forget that this film was produced by a known black producer Reginald Hudlin, and as I understand it, Sydney Portier encouraged Quentin to makes this and Mia Angelou endorced it. How sad is that black people!! Moral and racial decay at an all-time high.

    December 28, 2012 at 3:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Vinnessa

      It is hard to take your comments seriously when your spelling errors show your illiteracy. Tarentino is taking on a serious subject matter in a honest way which is the only way we can move forward with a honest dialogue about the subject matter. I do not care about the n word as it was used generously in the past. What I do care about is I got a revenge fantasy as the reality is much more bleek than the truth of a very few slaves that got out of the hell hole. Honesty is the best policy. That is why I love Sam Jackson. He show that the good and bad in African Americans just as there is good and bad in White people. If we demonize or diefy any group we rob them of their humanity. So there is good and bad in everyone. Denzel finally came to the light but, initially he did not and did not win the Oscar until he did. All I say is that take the film for what it is and that is an honest attempt to tackle the nastiness that this nation was created upon.

      January 1, 2013 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
  27. Val?

    have a chamo tea and relax k?

    December 27, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Valerian Davis

    Nope. Too many people slaughtering one another in the United States, these days. Our culture is one of mindless cunsumerism, greed, profanity, and gratuitous violence. One of my NYs resolutions in memory of the children murdered at Sandy Hook, and the countless blacks murdered at the hand of whites and (more often) other blacks in America (just) over the past 15 years alone is: Just say "no" to senseless violence, dysfunction and misogyny dressed up as 'entertainment'. I know. Good luck to me finding anything much to watch or listen to these days. Damned shame.

    December 27, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  29. get off the comp.

    December 27, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Telling Spike and his family to go eff

    themselves does not solve the issue-

    December 27, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  31. lets see....

    facial, mani, pedi, talking about sx-that will be about 4 hours - bring a pillow cushion...haaaaaaa

    December 27, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Spike Lee is going to get on Quentie's back for this

    Don't mess with the Spike! lol

    December 27, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • J G

      lol. Who cares. Spike Lee has no power in Hollywood – his days are done.

      December 28, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • spike people have power

      he talks too much and thats what gets him in trouble.

      December 28, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Remember ladies...the director is just a putz....

    thinks he's some high class director...garbage scripts...charge again my friend.

    December 27, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  34. Leet

    IIt was Briilliant and Funny, kudos to the Director and I'm not a big Jamie Foxx fan but he did his thang in this Movie and so did Samuel L. Jackson

    December 27, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  35. Trinaboo

    The movie was brilliant, awesome, funny! I love it! We enjoyed sitting for 2hours 45 min, wanted more of the movie.

    December 27, 2012 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  36. snowdogg

    It is just a movie... entertainment... see for yourself... you leave the theater satisfied or feeling ripped off – you own your reaction[s]

    December 27, 2012 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  37. Josh

    Why does CNN always quote the New York Post? In my humble opinion, to native New yorkers that Newspaper is garbage, its Mudoch's propaganda paper, they race bait, they hate, nobody intellligent reads that nonsense. Why should I care what they write, and why should I care when CNN quotes them..... give me a break....

    December 27, 2012 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  38. Karmagirl

    Disappointed in Mr. Lee. I credited him with better class than that. He shouldn't judge the movie without seeing it first. How can he say it's disrespectful to his sncestors if he hasn't seen it? Is it because he wasn't the director? Maybe he wanted to direct it and now he's mad because they didn't pick him. Also, he shouldn't use the word Holocaust in relation to slavery. Holocaust refers to genocide, not enslavement. Two very separate horrors in human history.

    December 26, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ivanali

      I find your comment rather childish. If spike does not want to see it then respect him...why do you have to add in oh he mad cause of this or such and such....Respect him and his decision. And second you say don't use the word holocaust!! It was a genocide of a race of people and enslavement. You know how many did not make across to the americas and died on the way? Then those killed here in america and in africa?? What are you talking about!!!! It was slavery and genocide those who where not massacared where enslaved!

      December 26, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Technoman

      I agree. Spike Lee should reserve his judgement until he has actually seen the movie. He has every right not to see it though. I am very surprised by his stance since he himself has made some very proactive movies.

      December 27, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Bigger Thomas

      First of all what happened to African peoples and in particular those in the Americas over the course of 500 or so years was a Holocaust...legal and socially acceptable laws and practices designed to subjugate, enslave, systematically destroy and kill African peoples throughout the Americas. Secondly, Spike Lee is probably jealous as a peer and likely feeling a bit guilty for not producing a counter view film that articulates his vision of this time in our country's history. I though the movie was awesome and I look forward to seeing other interpretations from other directors including African American ones. As a piece of art that mimics other director work including his own, I thought Tarantino created a very entertaining piece and the acting was terrific. I think that he also did a good job in highlighting some of the horrors of US slavery.

      December 27, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  39. New Best Post on This Blog

    Django is meant [to] help us... ...laugh together about a subject that we fear to mention. I wholeheartedly agree. Until everyone can learn to laugh at racism, we are destined to fear it. Laughing at something meant to suppress, infuriate, or intimidate takes power away from the wielder.

    December 26, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Verity

    I seem to recall Spike made a movie about a NAZI who got rich off the war. Wouldnt that type of fiction be offensive to real people that type of story references?

    Django is meant help us understand how truly dreadful slavery was and laugh together about a subject that we fear to mention. It worked for the interracial audience I shared the movie with. Unfortunately most people are just using it to keep the fire of racism burning.

    December 26, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Kenter

    Django Unchained is a fabulously entertaining film! Sorry Spike Lee is boycotting it, but who cares. The diaglogue, action, story and acting are excellent. It is a bit long, but whatever. Go earlier in the day and you'll be fine. It's ENTERTAINMENT. Whether you are entertained by watching guys knock each other into a concussion (American football, or boxing), or gambling your hard earned money away, or going to see talentless studio-made "singers" in concert - it's all entertainment. Pick your poison. I pick Django! Thanks QT! Fine work!

    December 26, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alabama

      Let me be real about Spike Lee.
      Look at all the famously idiotic movies he has made.
      Lets go and watch She Hate Me...
      And then speak about disrespect....

      Tarantino = Great Man

      December 26, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  42. fat lazy baggage

    didn't learn the first time

    December 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  43. hello where is out rough showman

    hello you there

    December 26, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Doug

    Mars Blackmon is disrespectful, do you know, do you know, do you know....

    December 26, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  45. deez

    "All I'm going to say is that it's disrespectful to my ancestors."

    SERIOUSLY??? Spike Lee is about as racist as they get. I can't stand that clown.

    December 26, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Jimbo

    Spike Lee needs to wake up and smell the popcorn. This movie ain't glorifying nothing (other than how BAD [70s people, where you at?] Westerns can be!). I, myself, am a 21 year-old African-American very in touch with his roots. Had it been any other director, handling said subject matter, I probably would have been offended. But QT knows just how to do this kind of film justice, to it's audience and the history being told. Jamie Foxx kept me smilin', Jackson gave me chills as the Uncle Tom character Stefan. This is meant to be as entertaining as it is provacative as it is educational! I loved everything about this movie, from the dialogue to it's unfliching (And yes dramatic) level of violence. I cannot wait to see it again. And as one black man to another, Spike, watch the movie!

    December 26, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Fokker

    I wonder if lee finds it disrespectful that those slaves were captured and sold by black African tribes to white men. Funny how people wanna talk history while ignoring facts.

    December 26, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Shiz

      Good way to try to take away from 400 years of slavery and racism.

      December 26, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mac


      I am sure Spike Lee is well versed on slavery and the Africans sold slave to the white men. That is also a well known fact in black history. However one has nothing to do with the other. He can still find the movie disrespectful. I really did not understand the meaning behind your statement it seems misplaced.

      December 26, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kizznik

      You couldn't be more appropriately named. Your lack of knowledge is appalling if you wanted to learn I probably will educate.

      December 26, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • wd

      I think you are having flashbacks of Roots. Django took place in the late 1850s. The US had long since banned the importation of Blacks from Africa. Therefore, there is no mention or scenes in this movie showing Africans assisting with the enslavement of other Africans. The movie did examine the reality of "Black slavers," but recall Django said that they were worst the White slavers and he only acted as he did to sell the character. Next time, please spare us your "well if that woman would not have worn that short skirt, she wouldn't have been raped" way of thinking. Prior to slavery, African tribes at war killed or captured one another, but never came close to treating those captured the way Americans did during slavery. It takes a truly devious and evil person to invade a land for the sole purpose of enslaving its people. Its one thing to conquer and then live in a place. Its another to lay waste and leave.

      December 27, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Sokman

    Its human nature to fear & distrust that which is different from ourselves. Sad but true. As a result, there will always be racism in one form or another, & we must accept this in order to move forward.

    December 26, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Ben

    Lots of the inmature posts are from idiots that have nothing better to do. Racism is and will always be there because there are ignorant people that stoop to the lowest level to make a point in their small world. In my world, the world of work, family, children and everyday life racism is not an issue at all. I'll bet its not an issue in most homes that are educated, and subscribe to the traits I mentioned. The small few that keep it going will always be their with their hand out and their loud mouths blaring no mater what race. Race relations are the best they have ever been and continue to get better. Happy holidays!

    December 26, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Jennifer

    My husband and I went to see Django, and we absolutely loved it. We are an interracial couple (I'm black and he's white) and we both had the same feelings on the movie. If Spike Lee was to actually go and see this movie, I believe his opinion would change. Spagetti Western or not, Django still shows the horrible nature of slavery. There were quite a few points in this movie where I was burying my face in my husband's shoulder not wanting to see some of the things that my ancestors had to possibly go through. I do the same everytime I watch Roots. And for those on the gratuituos violence, remember its a Quentin Tarrantion movie. All of his movies have quite a bit of blood and gore. So if you are going to go and see it, please remember that and be prepared for it. Once again, I positively loved it and would highly recommend it.

    December 26, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  51. lea

    I agree Nate Lincoln was a movie I like alot. And I am also interested in Django.

    December 26, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  52. nate

    I am interested in seeing it. Lincoln is my fave thus far.

    December 26, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  53. Observer

    Two words:

    December 26, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  54. Karen

    I love Spike Lee and I will see the movie because I love the acting ability of Kerry Washington. QT is great as they say and I want to see for myself, this will be my first movie by him. I plan to get a big bucket of buttery popcorn with my handsome husband and relax and enjoy the movie for entertainment purposes and for a reminder of why I refuse to let racists or ill informed ignorant people make me mad or sad, I just pity their ignorance and move on. The race thing is a real thing in America, but the real thing is good vs. evil wake up people, good comes in all races and bad as well. God is the answer and love is the change. Happy holidays, manifest the love. One Love, One God, One Life.

    December 26, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Paula

      OUTSTANDING commentary Karen and heartily agree and by the way, I saw the movie and LOVED it !!!!!!!!
      I am African American and an am not offended at all because I know the difference between history and Hollywood's version. Enough said.........

      December 26, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kica

      Paula I like what you said. People should NOT treat this movie as a historical one, One of the things that is stopping me from seeing it is that although I love QT, I read the "N" word is alllllll over this movie which I find off putting, and I just feel that since the holocaust is not exploited in the movies, why should slavery be???? They are BOTH equally horrible events.

      December 26, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Kaesie

    Sick of Black/White hate. Lets move on. WE ARE ALL GODS CHILDREN. LETS HAVE SOME PEACE NOW. BLESSINGS IN 2013

    December 26, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  56. riott

    Only when we begin to expose white supremacy, in this case through art, will we begin to create a better today. From reading these posts there are some who fail to acknowledge the abject wanton abomination of slavery. Like the more recent jewish holocaust, and the current slaughter of muslims, white surpremacy is still an issue that needs to be unpacked and a dangerous threat to God's creation.

    December 26, 2012 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
  57. Dave

    A miserably bad movie. Inaccurate in every aspect. Made only for the shock value. Typical Hollywood trash.

    December 26, 2012 at 5:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Obviously

      The word inaccurate does not apply to this movie Dave. It's fiction. In fact, this spaghetti western IS pulp fiction.

      December 29, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Name

    U r all stupid. This movie sucked.

    December 26, 2012 at 5:21 am | Report abuse |
  59. Randman

    Sorry Spike Lee but you shouldn't use the word holocaust, although slavery is very wrong it is extremely disrespectul to liken slavery to a systematic destruction of certain people. And something could be said that a lot of slaves were bought from africa, from other african. Get over it and relax.

    December 26, 2012 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      Although I disagree with Spike Lee, I strongly disagree with you. Both of them were equally wrong and inhumane. The very fact that you are trying to minimize slavery is appalling.

      December 26, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • wd

      Huh? I agree slavery should not be compared to the holocaust, but not because one was worst than the other. Your post makes it sound like slavery was just a few good ole boys on a boat with a handful of Africans. Millions died during the middle passage. Four continents participated. The "slave system" thrived for over two hundred years - legalized even. Comparing the two is like asking whose pain is worst, the mother or the father upon the death of their child. If you can intellectualize an answer to my last question, then you will never understand my point.

      December 27, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Valerie Davis

      So, sir, you construe slavery as something OTHER than a holocaust??? OMG.

      December 27, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  60. fudd

    Tarantino is a master-mind and one of the best directors today! This movie is brilliant and better than most movies that have come out this year! Nobody is trashing that stupid movie about a president that ended slavery so why trash a different movie about slavery that truly shows you how america used to be? No director has the balls to make a movie like this but Tarantino and he should win an oscar! As for Spike Lee he should of played a role in this movie! Can't wait to see it again!

    December 26, 2012 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Net

      are you 12 years old? the immaturity shown in your post saddens me

      December 26, 2012 at 5:40 am | Report abuse |
    • amerika

      Fudd, you are a disappointment to America, and your parents, they just didnt have the heart to tell you..im sorry Fudd you are the weakest link.Good bye.

      December 26, 2012 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  61. warren

    accept the bloody history of america. Told through eyes of a white man!

    December 25, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Chelsea

    I watched it today and I thought it was excellent. A little tough to watch at some parts but overall it's drama action tragedy comedy and everything that makes a wonderful film. Well done Tarantino and cast .

    5 star film

    December 25, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  63. AT40 Fan

    My local paper calls is a "sea of blood". Should have been released at Halloween and not Christmas. After Sandy Hook, in no mood to watch more killings. You couldn't pay me enough to go see the film. Why do people enjoy this type of violence??

    December 25, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  64. BSCOTT78

    I finds some of the post hilarious..... Someone said that the movie was racist against white people and they would see it because they weren't black. Um the film is by a white person not a black person. But none of that matters. As an AFRICAN-AMERICAN, I will be seeing this movie because very simply I am a Quentin Tarantino fan. I love his work. I love Spike Lee's work, but his critique of the film is his own and won't dissuade me from seeing Django Unchained. As a paying customer, let me critique the film with my own mind. Unfortunately someone else stated that blacks are the most racist people in America.....that might be true to some extent however I think that there is a reason for that and has been for the past 300 years. But just remember, there are some that are not racist yet those that aren't are still judged based on their skin complexion each day. Yet they brush it off and keep it moving. Let's just say that unfortunate as it may be America is a racist country. But here is a better question to ask yourself: How can we ALL change that? And can it ever be changed?

    December 25, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      Whoever you are, I love your comment. Black people have a reason to be racist. After being treated like property and trash instead of human beings for hundreds of years, they have every right to be. But like you said there are those of us who take it in stride and just keep it moving. I'm BLACK and I love my WHITE husband as well as our mixed kids.We deal with racism everyday. People need to see people for what and who they are and not the color of their skin. We are approaching 2013 and we still can't get it right. It's sad.

      December 26, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  65. SpikeLeeNot

    Just saw the movie. The feeling is definitely "slavery was incredibly cruel and unfair". It makes you feel slavery, even more than Roots. Entertaining yes, but feelings of empathy toward all abused people leap out. It's just isn't black people that have been tortured on this planet. Just look at the Muslim world. They're so religious. 8x a day they pray, or maybe prey is more appropriate. 40,000 killed in Syria so far, another 20,000 to go before that very Muslim leader is killed.

    December 25, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  66. joseph

    Blacks are the most racist people around..Spike Lee is a has been....No such thing as an African American....

    December 25, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Not_Joseph

      I agree – blacks are the most racist ppl around. Especially the ones from descendants of slaves that you sick white ppl killed, raped, molested, tortured on your way to church.

      December 26, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • fasteddy

      Blacks and Whites are the most Racist ask any True American Native, blacks know nothing of genocide but they sure know about bling and B.S............

      December 26, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  67. Name*dalton

    Mark – oh you silly racist.

    So cute.

    December 25, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Dave

    Coloreds. LOL.

    December 25, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Flowergirl

    Classic Tarantino, he's one of my favorites- BUT it was rather uncomfortable to watch. I could watch Schindler's list disengaged, but being white, I was really unpleasant to watch Djando. I cheered at the end when Foxx took revenge, but all in all, a really embarrassing part of our history.

    December 25, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*dalton

      It's always nice when some moron throws the ending in for those who haven't yet seen the film.

      December 25, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  70. TexasTexasTexas

    I'm not into slavery so I'll wait. I agree with the comment that many many many white people died to end slavery. But I also agree with the comment that Life of Pi is the movie I most want to see. Probably tomorrow.

    December 25, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • tony581

      Not too many white people from Texas died to end slavery. I think they pretty much died to keep slavery going.

      December 25, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  71. noneyaknow

    I could care less what spike lee thinks. I'm also not a fan of jamie foxx. Nonetheless, it'll be a rental on dvd for sure.

    December 25, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      The phrase is "couldn't care less" saying that you "could care less" means that you DO care.

      December 25, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Brandon

    Racist against white people... that's what this movie is. The same thing you see over and over again these days to further stir racial divisions. I wont watch it because I am not black. I can care less about blacks being in slavery it didnt affect me and everyone in the history of mankind has been a slave at one point or another. Black people sold themselves into slavery to the US and a white person freed them and hundreds of thousands of soldiers died in the civil war but where is our praise??????? The media needs to stop stiring the pot and let this go because it does nothing but harm!

    December 25, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • some guy

      Your whole outlook on slavery screams ignorance. I'm sorry you weren't educated as a child, merry Christmas.

      December 25, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • MilliniumPrince

      You give new meaning to the word idiot. One would have to work pretty damn hard to be this stupid. You sir are an icon worthy of being firmly planted in the pantheon of foolishness.

      December 25, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*dalton

      Brandon – you be really dumb.

      December 25, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chelsea

      Wow it amazes me how stupid some people truly are. Let me guess you must have grown up in a small rural all white town in the Deep South . Read a book and educate yourself .

      December 25, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • courtneyr

      go read your history, and not just white peoples version of history. You will indeed educate yourself and see that ,this is how it really was. So, your job is to ,as a white person, not perpetuate hatred and ignorance of some of your ancestors. Thats how you fix it , if you are indeed concerned. If not, dont watch it..

      again, slavery, is Americas history. white and black. educate yourself so you dont sound idiotic.

      merry xmas ..

      December 26, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • jim

      If there were no market, they would not have been stolen, enslaved, sold or resold. Lazy greedy westerners created the market and benefit today. USA is built on affirmative action.....white male affirmative action. Now money and influence is "browining up" worldwide. Some people are fearful thta those they exploited will have long and unforgiving memories. Funny.

      December 27, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  73. raynond

    i plan on seeing the movie for entertainment purposes only-not a history lesson....however i am very aware of the brutality of slavery and the lingering effects that still exist from the barbarism of those who participated in it..watch the movie Spike-you are an educated man for 'crying out loud'..lol

    December 25, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  74. enock

    nothing more to say except its a great movie. samuel l. jackson is the most hated black man in this movie. Dr. shultz play his role so beautiful. quentin actually take that same roles from inglorious basterds and put it on this western movie. it was great.

    December 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Freddie

    Tarantino is a rare talent, to be sure. But I'm not in the mood for excessive violence as entertainment. The last thing I want to pay to see is people shooting each other. I can see that free if I take a walk around the block, play a video game (which I never do), or turn on the television. I do want to see "Life of Pi," though. The book was great.

    December 25, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  76. BKwilli

    @Proteios1 – there is no "feigned outrage" by Spike Lee. He was asked a question and he answered. Very simple. See it or don't see it – just don't blame it on Spike.

    December 25, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  77. Proteios1

    These movies usually don't even register with me, but the feigned outrage by tht Spock Lee guy makes me want to see the movie. I assume this is the usual phony controvsy that gets suckers like me who could care less to shell out $10 to see a half assed movie.

    December 25, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  78. Sokman

    I initially had little interest in this movie, but the more reviews I see & hear, the more curious I get. I'll probably redbox it

    December 25, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Ally

      Saw it on Christmas day. Brilliant acting (especially the role of Dr. Shultz) It was too much gratuitous violence and scenes of torture. The movie would have been a work of art if they scaled back the violence about 10 notches but I guess that is what you get with Quentin films

      December 25, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |

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