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Watch the First Review of 'Django Unchained' (That We've Found, Anyway)

by Matt Singer
December 4, 2012 10:12 AM
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"Django Unchained."
"Django Unchained."

Very few critics have even seen Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" at this point. Those that have are mostly under an embargo that doesn't end until early next week -- but Kristian Harloff and Mark Ellis of The Schmoes Know Movies show on YouTube have already published their video review of the movie. You can watch it below.

Basically it's a five minute rave with very few qualifications (the "Schmoes" rate the film 4.5 and 4.25 out of 5 stars, respectively). They quibble a little about the film's longish runtime, but they adore Jamie Foxx and particularly Christoph Waltz, who they say is even more fun to watch here than in "Inglourious Basterds" because he's playing a good guy this time. They also liked the dialogue, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, and QT's typically ecclectic soundtrack selections. "Tarantino does it," Harloff says, summing it up. "He makes it work."

Here's their review; "Django Unchained" opens on Christmas Day:

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  • Thomas | December 5, 2012 1:14 AMReply

    This comment thread is wonderful. Matt Singer clearly took no shots at The Schmoes.

    However, I will. I must admit that as someone who hasn't listened to the The Schmoes, I'm not in the best position to criticize. However, I do find the fact that they refuse to cover any films not made by major Hollywood studios rather troubling. Presumably, they have editorial control over their own YouTube channel and yet they choose to severely limit their coverage in the most elitist (see Jonathan Rosenbaum's definition of the word in relation to cinema) fashion. From this admittedly surface level inspection they seem to not really be interested in cinema and, dare I say it, completely uninteresting.

    Also, someone mentioned that receiving Rotten Tomatoes approval means you're a good critic. Best joke I've heard all day.

  • Nick B | December 5, 2012 1:28 PM

    Not true at all, they just reviewed The Impossible, Anna Karenina amongst others. They review smaller films as well as big films.

  • Drew Morton | December 4, 2012 8:24 PMReply

    OK. I've watched this commenter drivel all day.

    Did anyone actually READ Matt's piece? Seriously. Take two minutes and read it. He doesn't slight the reviewers. "With very few qualifications" refers to rave offered up by the original critics; it is not a critic's critique of another critic (or two critics in this case).

    Some examples of a qualification:

    "I love Django Unchained BUT [that's a keyword to look for when you're reading] it was a bit too long."

    "The film is long BUT [again, look for the keyword] DiCaprio's performance is amazing."

    While I admire the commenters here for having superior grammar and usage levels as compared with Yahoo! News commenters, you need to learn how to read.

  • DatAss | December 4, 2012 5:48 PMReply

    Hey Matt Singer you're a dumbass, schmoe's are just average dudes with great opinions, if I don't relate to both of them I at least relate to one, in all their reviews.

  • Ny | December 4, 2012 4:51 PMReply

    just lighten up "indiewire" What a very original name, you are so obviously jealous that they saw it first because unlike you, someones heard of them

  • Tristan Mayer | December 4, 2012 4:45 PMReply

    Shomes are awesome guys. I love their reviews. You don't like them whatever its your opinion, but you dont need to insult them. Leave them to what they do and we'll leave you to what you do.

  • Brian D. | December 4, 2012 3:53 PMReply

    Love the schmoes but all the commenters read Matt's comments wrong but it is all good. From the looks of it, more publicity for Indie Wire!

  • ray | December 4, 2012 3:23 PMReply

    I love the schmoes. They make laugh all the time. Dont they work for an dpost on RT. some qualified to me

  • Luke Schubert | December 4, 2012 3:21 PMReply

    Awesome review as always Schmoes! Keep up the good work!

  • Luke Schubert | December 4, 2012 3:20 PMReply

    Awesome review as always Schmoes! Keep up the good work!

  • READER | December 4, 2012 3:19 PMReply

    Wow, this is a hilarious thread - I can say with few qualifications that the quality of the youtube generations reading ability is laughable.

  • Adam L. | December 4, 2012 3:17 PMReply

    Great review and nice to see the Schmoes here!

  • T | December 4, 2012 3:15 PMReply

    SchmoesKnow rock! Glad they got into an early screening so the fans could hear how great this movie will be.

  • Average rage | December 4, 2012 3:04 PMReply

    Well, I don't mind the Schmoes, but the comments on this post really don't make me think much of their fans. Christ.

  • Ali Arikan | December 4, 2012 3:03 PMReply

    "Two cool guys who have a great bromance review films on YouTube, until they are unfairly picked on by a stranger armed with nothing but the blade from "Gymkata." Katee Sackhoff co-stars. Coming to Sundance in 2014."

  • Eric | December 4, 2012 9:57 PM

    Comment of the week.

  • ubernorwegianbastard | December 4, 2012 3:03 PMReply

    man kinda cool that the schmoes were so early to review it! love the schmoes review show and their podcast! everyone should check em out if you like films! not to be promotional, but they are really great and fun watch and listen to! felt this article sounded kind of negative though.. but oh well

  • FromWayDowntown | December 4, 2012 3:01 PMReply

    The folks attacking Singer here while demonstrating their lacking abilities to read and understand the English language aren't "backing" the Schmoes in a good way. MS linked them in a favorable place, wrote nothing bad or untrue and even embedded them directly. The only bad thing here is the stupidity of certain Schmoe-fanboys.
    I found the Schmoes gave a good, fairly entertaining reaction piece btw.

  • Matt Brown | December 4, 2012 2:57 PMReply

    Hey, it's my poster! Sweet.
    Anyway, it's cool to see the Schmoes branching out even more. Usually they go a little more in depth about what worked or didn't work, so I take it as a good sign that all they could do was praise the movie.

  • HMMM | December 4, 2012 2:46 PMReply

    Not sure why people are on Matt Singer's case. He didn't insult them in any way in his post. The only distaste for them was expressed by Serpico in the comments. And now me. I could without fan boys who use two decimal spaces in their ratings.

  • Jeremy Schobel | December 4, 2012 2:46 PMReply

    I hate to make assumptions here, but I think you're all angry at Matt's use of the word "qualifications." He's not questioning the reviewers' credibility, he is saying that they don't qualify their opinions within the review.

  • Matt Singer | December 4, 2012 2:41 PMReply

    To clarify: I didn't say the critics were without qualifications. I said THEIR REVIEW was
    "a rave with very few qualifications" -- meaning that they didn't qualify their rave with many negative comments. Hopefully this clears up the confusion.

  • Mick | December 4, 2012 3:35 PM

    But they did qualify their rave...they said because it was a tad overlong and the female character was underused, that's why they didn't give it full marks.

  • Night one | December 4, 2012 3:09 PM

    Sorry I misread it also! Thanks for clarifying Matt! Love the site and the schmoes!

  • ubernorwegianbastard | December 4, 2012 3:06 PM

    thanks for clarifying!

  • JoeyBeans | December 4, 2012 2:39 PMReply

    Alright! I'm putting up the Dukes for schmoville! I feel that both Kristian and Mark are two very qualified movie reviewers, they are funny and know what there talking about. I respect there opinion's because there not afraid to speek what they feel is the TRUTH about a movie or an actor. There not just 2 guys who say that a movie sucked or was great. They will tell you WHY it sucked or What made it a good movie. I recommend any one who injoys watching movies check them out on you tube. Weather you agree or disagree you will be entertained. I'm the Beans! Letting you all "Schmoe" what Schmoevill is all about.

  • Javk | December 4, 2012 2:34 PMReply

    Its good to be a schmoe, their podcast keps me entertained every thursday. Trust kristians taste every time. Darth ellis has to be watched.

  • Logan | December 4, 2012 2:25 PMReply

    Schmoes fo' life.

  • Brennan | December 4, 2012 2:23 PMReply

    I actually liked that review a lot. I checked out their YouTube channel after reading this, and it seems like they've been doing this for quite awhile (as far as internet age goes, at least). They have a nice range of movies on there too, so I trust this. I can see the genuine feeling with this as opposed to written articles as well--I might have to check out more YouTube movie reviews.

  • ubernorwegianbastard | December 4, 2012 3:05 PM

    there is alot of great youtube reviewers, mainly the schmoes, jeremy jahns and chris stuckman, they are all great :)

  • Jimmy P | December 4, 2012 2:19 PMReply

    Indiewire, thanks for noticing The Schmoes. Couple of cheap shots in there but they are really smart, funny guys who respect their fan base and know what their movies. Plus they hang with Katee Sackhoff, points for a die hard BSG fan. I don't need critics who use big words to try to sound smart, I just need people who talk about movies with the same type of passion I do. Thanks again for giving them the exposure, just wish you didn't take the cheap shot!

  • Matt Singer | December 4, 2012 2:43 PM

    Jimmy- No cheap shot was intended; see my comment above.

  • Chris bode | December 4, 2012 2:16 PMReply

    Hi critic wire. The Schmoes have been reviewing movies for a few years now, and I enjoy them a lot. They provide a clean and casual opinion on movies without losing the expertise that a movie critic usually displays. Thanks for noticing this review and I hope you'll come back to the Schmoes for reviews in the future. They're one of the best on YouTube in my opinion.

  • Efren | December 4, 2012 2:06 PMReply

    That Matt singer guy is just outraged because two people, who he probably considers lesser people, got to see it before him and he can't stand it and they loved the movie witch probably got him more fired up because we all know that "real" critics hate all movies.

  • d | December 4, 2012 8:24 PM

    You misread it. Read it again.

  • Kinick | December 4, 2012 2:45 PM

    Outrage? I saw no outrage. The only thing he said was they had few qualifications (probably referring to them being YouTube reviewers just.) He said nothing else to insinuate he was "fired up" that they got to see it before him. Rather, he was respectful and provided a summary of their review with no snide remarks. It was probably Serpico's comment that added to the Schmoes linking to this article. (I enjoyed their review, and it's the first I heard of them - will be checking out more)

  • Elen S | December 4, 2012 2:14 PM

    LOL! Exactly! What an unprofessional thing to do up top! Just because they got the review out he is hating! The Schmoes are two of the most genuine, smart and funny reviewers out there. Maybe if he watched their reviews/podcast he would change his tune. #Schmoesaremyheroes!

  • Jordan M | December 4, 2012 2:02 PMReply

    The Schmoes are fantastic!

  • Eoin Brosnan | December 4, 2012 1:58 PMReply

    Two cool guys who have a great bromance and love reviewing films. They've been doing it for a number of years and received approval to rate films on Rotten Tomatoes not so long ago. I without a doubt value their opinion!

  • William Nunn | December 4, 2012 1:57 PMReply

    The Schmoes are some of the best reviewers around. So glad that they enjoyed Django Unchained. Can't wait to see it!

  • Efren | December 4, 2012 1:57 PMReply

    How dare they Love a movie!!! What is the world coming too!?!? A Review of a Review? Really? Is this what we have come to now? They wouldn't react to this movie the way they did if the movie wasn't good. I prefer reviews coming from them and other youtuber's than these so called "professional critics" any day who's only job is to hate movies. They have seen the movie and "Matt Singer" hasn't. So hate on the movie when you actually see it.

  • Gian Paul | December 4, 2012 1:54 PMReply

    The schmoes are great.. They are no stuck up critics or a couple of nerds . They are basically to average schmoes talking about movies.. like when you talk with your friend after seeing a movie, but they are very good at it.There reviews are simple and funny because they know there fanbase, they know that they don't need to analize the movie like an average critic for us to understand it.

  • Maria Guillpez | December 4, 2012 1:53 PMReply

    I LOVE the Schmoes! So happy to find this article. I watch the Schmoes because I feel like they are talking to me when I watch them. They talk about movies the way I do with my friends. Also a big fan of their podcast!

  • George McCann | December 4, 2012 1:50 PMReply

    The Schmoes are two film reviewers (Mark and Kristian) who review for Rotten Tomatoes and have a Movie podcast on the ToadHop Network. They really tell it like it is but from a film fans perspective not a snobby uptight Newspaper reviewer. They have a great fan base on Youtube which I am proud to be a part of. Check these guys out you won't be dissapointed.

  • serpico | December 4, 2012 10:55 AMReply

    I'm sure it's great. I read the script and it was entertaining as hell. But I can't stand amateur reviewers like this who can't step outside the "awesomeness" of a work.

  • Marcus | December 4, 2012 2:03 PM

    Really idiotic comment Serpico. The Schmoes are the type of "critic" most people should listen to. They are film fans first, cool guys, talk to their fans and don't spit out jargon just to spit jargon. Calling them amateurs is beyond moronic. Try "google" you will see they are anything but amateur. Katee Sackhoff knows it, maybe you should too.

  • Cody | December 4, 2012 1:52 PM

    Yeah the Schmoes aren't amateurs. They've been doing this for awhile and have a stronger following than most "professsional" critics. These guys actually do know a lot about film so don't just write them off like that.

  • Tide Lawson | December 4, 2012 1:36 PM

    Actually the Schmoes aren't amateurs, they are certified on Rotten Tomatoes and they are really good reviewers. They talk to their viewers like people who love movies and not stuck up critics.

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