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Quentin Tarantino Gives 'Drive,' 'Rampart' & 'Meek's Cutoff' Slots On His Worst & "Nice Try" 2011 Film Lists

by Kevin Jagernauth
January 14, 2012 1:13 PM
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Drive Rampart Meek's Cutoff Quentin Tarantino

Is Quentin Tarantino turning into a crank? Or Armond White? The director has dropped his best of list for 2011, and let's just put it this way: Paul W.S. Anderson's ridiculous and dumb "The Three Musketeers" made the top 11, while movies like "Drive," "Rampart" and "Meek's Cutoff" didn't. In fact, the latter two made his Worst Movies list.

But of course, QT is like most nerds who tend to favor stuff that is "cool" or falls right into their geeky wheelhouse, which makes the dismissal of "Drive" all the more strange (though maybe he was intimidated by a movie that took many of the same influences he shares and created something fresh, rather than a winking homage). Anyway, it's no surprise that big entertainments like "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," "X-Men: First Class" and "Attack the Block" ranked in his Best list. But to his credit, we're glad to see him add to the "Sucker Punch" pile-on, because Zack Snyder's film was truly terrible, and hopefully QT will silence the still small contingent who continue to claim the film is some kind of misunderstood work of art. It's not. Same goes for "Paranormal Activity 3," a franchise that continues to recycle jump scares for an audience that continues to eat it up. Also nice to see QT give some shine to "The Skin I Live In" that didn't get the love it deserved, likely because Pedro Almodóvar bravely stepped out of his comfort zone, delivering something uniquely and bizarrely twisted that turned off those only accustomed to his more recent arthouse hits.

But perhaps the oddest entry on his annual run through the movies is the tie between silent movie sensation "The Artist" and the thoroughly average ensemble comedy "Our Idiot Brother." We'd love to get a further explanation on that. Anyway, the full list is below. [Quentin Tarantino Archives via Total Film]

Quentin Tarantino’s official Top 11 of 2011

1. Midnight in Paris
2. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
3. Moneyball
4. The Skin I Live In
5. X-Men: First Class
6. Young Adult
7. Attack the Block
8. Red State
9. Warrior
10. The Artist / Our Idiot Brother (tie)
11. The Three Musketeers

Others considered in no particular order

The Iron Lady
Green Hornet
Green Lantern
Captain America
The Descendants
My Week With Marilyn
Fast Five
The Tree of Life
The Hangover Part II
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
The Beaver
The Sitter
War Horse

Nice Try Award

Drive Angry
Real Steel

Best Director

Pedro Almodóvar
Bennett Miller
Woody Allen
Jason Reitman
Michel Hazanavicius

Best Original Screenplay

Midnight in Paris
Young Adult
Red State
Attack the Block
Our Idiot Brother

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Skin I live In
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
X-Men: First Class

Worst Films

Sucker Punch
Potiche (Trophy Wife)
Straw Dogs
Paranormal Activity 3
Meek’s Cutoff

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  • Phil | June 1, 2013 7:50 PMReply


  • Phil | June 1, 2013 7:53 PM

    Also Red State was meh, he's undoubted a good director but his tastes in film are strange.

  • Joakin | January 15, 2013 8:18 AMReply

    (though maybe he was intimidated by a movie that took many of the same influences he shares and created something fresh, rather than a winking homage) Kevin Jagernauth you butthurt...fucking cunt lol

  • tny | November 12, 2012 8:44 PMReply

    tarantino is buttmad because drive is the movie he would like to made. despite trying to become more refined with inglorious bastards, at the end his movies are still the same crappy mess. drive isn't a great film. is just a simple, colorful, entertaining movie, and this is enough in my book. despite all the fanfare and celebration, tarantino can't manage to make a movie like that. drive is a simple movie, and sure as hell one a lot better than tarantino self jerking, self referential schmucks.

  • Int | March 31, 2012 7:02 PMReply

    I can see why quentin might not like drive. There's nothing in it that really is memorable. only things that are good is the music and maybe ryan gosling's character. except ryan's character is "cool" but, there's never a time where his rules make him look badass, they make him look human, especially when his rules fail because he tries helping his girl's boyfriend. still liked the movie though.

  • riazkhan | August 26, 2012 1:34 PM

    Don't watch this movie... in the end, you just feel hollow. 'Is that it?' type of ending.

  • Ryan | February 6, 2012 12:39 AMReply

    Drive was a great movie! But not for everyone, clearly. I can see why some were disappointed by it's lack of action or lack of, well anything you'd expect in a hollywood wheelman movie, but it nailed the mood, emotion and tension it was going for while also creating one of the most iconic loners since 'The Man with No Name.' I loved it! Every single scene!

  • john buchanan | February 1, 2012 10:02 PMReply

    Watched Drive tonight, aware of all the glowing reviews. I was shocked by how bad it was. I agree with QT and then some -- I found it pretentious, hollow, contrived, with "shocking violence" but little real substance or logic. It's depressing to see how stupid critics are these days. No wonder Hollywood is in trouble.

  • K2489 | January 21, 2012 3:05 AMReply

    word for word with Tarantino here:Hi ***rty how are you?fine Quetin Taratino and you?just fine same old,well Quetin ill say my notes Ended up on ******* City one Vamp Osam off the map uhm got some Pens moving will say,and Jeff Gordon the won after the Seals Deaths?well yes "Richard Petty" uhm not bad for old and new school Edortial's anyways!!! well back tot eh Gay as everyone in the VIP industry is looking at will say,I think we should put that away right now,well I did here with my stuff "Tarantino uhm" well I can briefly say what I sent to some Producers like you of course in the End?go on ahead etc. well I can say it like this Mr. Taratino in the End I sen t Kurt Sutter Frances,Sean Ryan,Orlando Steven Speilberg,myself,Len Wiseman,Quetin Tarantino real real real good stuff "Euegene Rodriguez as he say very very very Gay" ohh this is Great stuff on some other angles "they didn;t get it and very professional ahh." what im trying to say is in the End ^ohh I know you play Golf^ in the End I sent you and these Producers ^cut>>cut>>that issue was said to Phillip Noyce 3 page Google^ I sent you Guys for story notes as I say again some real real real REAL REAL REAL REAL REAL REAL REAL REAL REAL REAL REAL REAL REAL REAL REAL REAL REAL REAL REAL REAL REAL REAL UHM THE WORD FOR REAL FOR BEING DOG SH***T!!

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  • Garrison | January 18, 2012 10:56 PMReply

    Enough with QT and his legion of no taste followers. Take his last offering- Inglourious Basterds is cinema of the immature, of the man-child, of the loser film geek, of the fan-boy.

It does not nourish the soul nor does it feed the mind. It's masturbatory and narcissistic... it might be the perfect reflection of what American culture has become. It's empty macabre fun, it's the cinematic equivalent of binge drinking.

Basterds is very well made bad film. Tarrantino's script was overly wordy and strained at being clever. Clichéd lines abound - see anything the Superstar Celebrity and terrible actor Brad Pitt spoke.

The film's biggest sin is that it is, yet again, a movie about movies. Tarrantino's last three films have been the same thing. When will he stop cribbing from the genres he loves and think up an original idea for a film? My guess is never. Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs were audacious flukes by a young video store clerk. The middle aged man who wants to re-imagine movies from his favorite film genres bores me.

 Tarrantino chronologically- one Good movie, one great movie, one fair movie and the rest are garbage. His movies are overly examined and justified by sycophantic fans trying to find a touchstone to the "true cinema". A bit of advice to them- go watch the movies Tarrantino steals from for touchstones. His synthesis of regurgitated cinematic genres gives us nothing new... except for shining a light on the excesses of our pop culture -"oh dude! Did u see how that guys head came off with a samurai sword in Kill Bill 2?! AWESOME!" This is what happens when a film geek/video store clerk/pot head gets to live out his fantasies.

  • Jay | January 18, 2012 9:37 AMReply

    The list is's just his taste. Drive is obviously confusing people. It's a well-liked film all round, mostly jealous trolls and people used to simple action movies didn't enjoy it and feel the need to say how awful it is despite critics and rating all being high everywhere for it. But it's his list...and while it does have some movies which are clearly bad in it, it comes down to personal subjective opinion. Objectively, Muskateers is considered 'awful, and Drive would be the 'best' due to rating and critics reviews. But subjective opinion is not according to those.

  • LA2000 | January 17, 2012 11:19 PMReply

    Frankly, this whole list thing seems self indulgent and narcissistic. And I am really not clear why a filmmaker needs to publish a "worst" list. I understand that bloggers and magazines have space they need to fill, but Tarantino is under no such pressure. It seems petty and obnoxious to use your personal fame to humiliate a legitimate (if not entirely successful) effort like "Meek's Cutoff". A more constructive list from a person who loves film might be "Top 10 Films You Probably Missed but Shouldn't." That would at least serve to direct audiences to films that need a little more love.

  • KAMAL | January 16, 2012 11:13 PMReply

    Drive deserves to be in the "Nice Try" category for sure. It was trying way too hard

  • Will | January 16, 2012 10:06 PMReply

    Yes! Drive sucked! I love Quentin's fearlessness in admitting that he didn't care for it. But Meek's Cutoff is a bad film? Nahhhhh. I'll let it slide because, for the most part, his list is pretty awesome. The Skin I Live In, The Tree of Life, The Beaver, War Horse, Midnight in Paris, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol - all great.

  • Garrison | January 18, 2012 10:45 PM

    "I love Quentin's fearlessness..."

    Fanboys. Gotta love 'em. And what I mean by "love" is loath.

  • Oscar | January 16, 2012 5:17 PMReply

    OK The skin I live in, F&F 5 in the list before X-Men and, talking about oriental entertainment: a little place for the ultrapop Takashi Miike's Yattaman?

  • Ken | January 16, 2012 4:22 PMReply

    God forbid QT has an original and different opinion from yours. He actually has a pretty good mix of geeky-cool and non geeky-cool movies on his list, like Midnight in Paris and Moneyball.

    It's interesting and cool that QT has released a list of his top films of the year over the past few years. Not many filmmakers do that and I never see any filmmakers having the balls to drop their "worst films" list.

  • asdfjkl; | January 16, 2012 1:54 PMReply

    quentin is jealous lol

  • Noah R. | January 16, 2012 10:44 AMReply

    I don't understand this blog sometimes. If ever a director expresses an opinion contrary to yours, you call them jealous or cranky or compare them to Armond White. You've done it with Gilliam and you're doing it now with Tarantino. It's his list and he can do whatever the hell he wants with it. You don't have to agree with him, but you don't have to act like bullies on the playground either.

  • Ghijath Naddaf | January 15, 2012 2:53 PMReply

    Drive aside.
    It would be great,if he had mentiont some smaller films,like Kill-List and Tyrannosaur.
    They realy could need a little Lift.

  • samrc | January 15, 2012 6:28 AMReply

    I have a sneaking suspicion that Drive may not have made the list because it was not shot on film. Tarantino has been quite outward in his dislike of digital for quite some time now

  • LAOS | January 19, 2012 3:54 PM

    I'm pretty sure that the three musketeers was filmed in digital, and 3D to boot!

  • Irons | January 15, 2012 5:18 AMReply

    Good to see QT doesn't worship at the altar of Drive like seemingly everyone else.

  • FOODie | January 15, 2012 12:04 AMReply

    Q.T. was right on with his lists. You don't get him, because you just dont get it; and if you dont get it, you aint supposed to.

  • vern | January 15, 2012 12:15 AM

    There isn't much to "get" with Tarantino.

  • hank | January 14, 2012 11:34 PMReply

  • jingmei | January 14, 2012 9:03 PMReply

    Very well believable this is the true list from QT himself. Happy to see we are both Young Adults (can tell from this list itself, doesn't only mean we both like Young Adult 8)), and also can tell we are in different genders. Also happy to see he gets passions toward le films francais, similarity with his ex Sofia Coppola.

  • Abe | January 14, 2012 6:19 PMReply

    Young adult wasn't an original screenplay. It was a boom before the movie came out

  • Yo | January 14, 2012 7:35 PM

    No Abe, you are quite mistaken. Young Adult was never a book. I think you might be confused with the main character being a YA novelist and Diablo Cody having been inspired by the Sweet Valley High series. But it's an original screenplay.

  • j | January 14, 2012 6:54 PM


  • Christopher Bell | January 14, 2012 5:37 PMReply

    I'm not surprised. There's some video floating around that I caught a few years ago where he gives his top movies of all time, and instead of including anything surprising it was just a very general list of obvious movies. Not that that's bad, you like what you like, but given his reputation I think we all assume he's going to suggest us a dozen or so movies we've never heard of.

  • Meghan | January 14, 2012 5:18 PMReply

    Nice to see Red State in his Top 10 and its screenplay in his Best Original Screenplay category :)

  • hank | January 14, 2012 5:08 PMReply

    Hello. "Drive" was stale, hackneyed, under thought and way too in love with itself. All style, no substance. glad not everyone fell for it.

  • John Waters | January 27, 2012 3:30 PM

    I can understand if people didn't like Drive because of how stylistic it was but to say it sucked is just moronic. The only reason that Tarantino didn't praise it is because he knows he isn't as talented as Refn. Tarantino makes films that are like collages of all his nerdy film loves where Refn takes his nerdy film love and turns it into something new and exciting. There is no doubt in my mind that Nicolas Winding Refn is a vastly superior director to Tarantino. Quentin just feels threatened and that's why he won't praise Drive.

  • Rev | January 18, 2012 12:08 AM

    Yeah, never made it through all of Drive.

    Was like Tarantino without the cool cast, great screenplay, perfect editing, awesome soundtrack and a sense of humor. Refn has no soul...

  • hank | January 14, 2012 7:36 PM

    wouldn't be surprised if you were too busy sucking the proverbial tiny dick of "Drive" to realize how shallow a movie it is.

  • HANK HATER | January 14, 2012 7:30 PM

    How sad... Anyone that's too dull to appreciate how fantastic "Drive" was is undoubtedly moronic and way too in love with himself. Wouldn't be surprised if The Three Musketeers made it to your list too, eh?

  • Jacob | January 14, 2012 4:51 PMReply

    You're absolutely right. Dude seems as if he might feel more than a little threatened by Drive. I sort of thought the same thing about Edgar Wright when he insinuated that Drive was basically a Le Samourai rip-off in his Criterion favorites list.

  • MERT | January 15, 2012 11:21 AM

    Oh it is though, Refn himself said that every night while making Drive he watched Le Samourai. But that doesn't make Drive less awesome, Drive is the film of the year regardless. I just think the fact that QT put it on a 'Nice Try' list is so bloody obnoxious, even though I worshipped the guy/Pulp Fiction. Regardless this is a terrible list. Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a horrible movie :/ i'd have rather put Source Code up there as a cool thriller

  • Jeff Carroll | January 14, 2012 3:45 PMReply

    I was initially struck by how mundane his list was. Not even 13 Assassins?

  • Cory Everett | January 14, 2012 3:44 PMReply

    I'll agree that the "Nice Try" for "Drive" is particularly ironic considering that it succeeds in all the ways that "Death Proof" failed to make a retro-cool badass driving movie without devolving into self-referential parody.

  • jimmiescoffee | January 14, 2012 6:04 PM


    tarantino, as much as i love him, hasn't made a GREAT film since 'jackie brown.'

  • Gary Busey's Taint | January 14, 2012 3:31 PMReply

    Are you buffoons really dogging on QT for having his own opinions? Who cares if he likes or dislikes a movie that you wish you could sleep with or slit it's throat in their sleep? I noticed too many morons going "well, if he's going to put so and so on his worst/best list, then I'm just going to diss his movies because it makes me feel smarter and more important in the world and in my parents eyes."Not everyone has to like, say, Drive (my favorite film of the year), and not everyone has to hate Three Musketeers (Paul Weasel Shit Anderson is a hack; there's only room for one Paul Anderson). I respect QT's opinions, even if I do think some of his choices are in their places simply because he's friends with the talent involved in them, whether it is a director or actor(s). Just because you like a film and think it is the best of the year, doesn't mean everyone else has to feel the same. It just truly shows your lack of intellect and maturity when you guys (most of you who seem to be grammatically impotent) mention how much a joke his list is, as if your prestigious list is somehow in any way more honorary and meaningful just because you include most of the "critically acclaimed" releases. Get real, people.

  • John Waters | June 25, 2012 10:07 PM

    This reply is extraordinarily late, but what you said in your last comment is foolish. Some of the greatest films ever made have been extremely slow. The pace of a film all contributes to the mood and narrative. Too slow can be a disaster, but so can too fast. You have your head in this little hole that tells you films must follow a specific formula. Films like Eraserhead, Stalker, Werckmeister Harmonies, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Double Life of Veronique, Persona, etc. have all toyed with the mechanics of a typical film. Visual style doesn't necesarrily take away from character development and plot narrative, but if it does that doesn't make the film worse. Eraserhead is considered one of the greatest and most important films of the 70's but it's all about visuals and pacing. There isn't a cohesive plot narrative to be found but that's exactly why it's great. You need to open your mind up to what films can be not just what you expect them to be.

  • lolomg23 | January 14, 2012 5:09 PM

    Since you asked too slow=pretentious over emphasis on visual style=boring characters=less emphasis on story related narrative=waiting endlessly for the movie to end(as far as I am concerned)

  • at | January 14, 2012 4:57 PM

    Too slow = too pretentious? Look up "pretentious" in a dictionary.

  • lolomg23 | January 14, 2012 4:50 PM

    Because if the film is too slow it is too pretentious and tends to appear as a show off. I prefer movies which are more devoted to the story rather than the aesthetic emphasis at a very slow pace which will Drive me crazy

  • lolomg23 | January 14, 2012 4:45 PM

    The film is paced very slowly. The story or plot progresses very slowly. This was not enjoyable for me. Thank you.

  • AT | January 14, 2012 4:38 PM

    LOLOMG23 - Why is fast > slow? That's not a real criticism.

  • lolomg23 | January 14, 2012 4:16 PM

    haha, well said mate. I am guessing Drive being on the nice try list will piss lot of people off big time. Honestly that movie was slow as....

  • bobmorton | January 14, 2012 4:13 PM

    so, QT is allowed to have opinions, but 'morons' aren't? and if proper grammar is a measure for how much one's opinions should be respected, did you happen to leaf through the inglourious basterds script? apt name, bro. i get your point, but you just come off sounding like gary busey's taint.

  • Kiernan | January 14, 2012 2:55 PMReply

    At least he realized the greatness and intelligence of Young Adult and Attack the Block. Nice to see him give a shout out to Reitman and Cody too. Two of the best films of the year, no doubt!

  • Bakunin | January 14, 2012 2:45 PMReply

    Would be interesting to know why he placed "Miral" on the Worst Of The Year list. Nobody saw the movie, and it wasn't a masterpiece, but it was at least a brave attempt to bring the Palestine issue to a mainstream, Hollywood audience.

  • Bakunin | January 14, 2012 7:42 PM

    @ALICE, good point! Her casting was way off.

  • Alice | January 14, 2012 2:56 PM

    2 words: Freida Pinto.

    4 words: Freida Pinto can't act.

  • dav | January 14, 2012 2:39 PMReply

    He shouldn't have included a Worst Films list. He's just asking for shit.

  • Nick H | January 14, 2012 2:39 PMReply

    Death Proof. Nice try Quentin. Red State, Our Idiot Brother, Midnight in Paris, casting Jamie Foxx as your lead instead of Michael K. Williams. Try harder.

  • Anthony | January 14, 2012 2:37 PMReply

    I have a lot of problems with QTs list, but I would nt go as far as to compare him to Armond White! That's a bit of a jump play list.

  • hg | January 14, 2012 2:12 PMReply

    also playlist did you know people have different opinions and tastes

    plenty of films you claim to be masterpieces and 9/10 i personally thoguht were garbage

    does'nt make me or anyone else wrong for thinknig so

  • Ray H | January 14, 2012 2:11 PMReply

    At least he's a Woody Allen fan. He put Anything Else on his best of the last two decades list.

  • hg | January 14, 2012 2:10 PMReply

    thank god i agree with QT i think drive is completely overrated it did'nt make my top 10 or even top 20 list

    i gave it a 7/10 at most

  • George Monkey | January 18, 2012 12:54 PM

    @HG, Dude, nobody gives a damn about your list...

  • A dude. | January 14, 2012 2:09 PMReply

    O__o Quentin.. W-wut? Drive gets a "Nice Try" award? What's that supposed to mean?!?

  • Jay | January 14, 2012 1:44 PMReply

    Not a great top 10.... Drive and Tree of life missing....get real Quentin!

  • dg | January 14, 2012 1:43 PMReply

    what. a. joke.

  • bobmorton | January 14, 2012 1:42 PMReply

    drive clearly falls into a "nice try" category. it could have been really special. it could have been a real contender in the annals of great cinema. there are a lot of people championing this film, but i personally feel it failed to live up to its potential. history will not be kind to it.

    not necessarily a bad film. just underwhelming considering what could have been. it was cool & well directed but lacked any real substance for it to be labeled a great movie. there were a ton of great elements and iconic moments, but there was no gripping or memorable thread holding it all together to make it a classic.

    but hey... it's called drive, so maybe i'm supposed to just go along for the ride. at least that's how i rationalize it.

  • Rev | January 18, 2012 12:25 AM

    I'm a patient filmgoer, probably prefer scifi and dramas to action films, but I gave Drive three separate tries and could never make it through the whole thing. Last time I made about halfway through the elevator scene and turned it off.

    Stylistically I can tell Refn was going for a certain style or three, but I couldn't care at all about the characters, and there wasn't an ounce of tension in any scene I sat through. Also, felt like watching paint dry any time Carrie Mulligan and her son were on the screen.

    Can't think of a more forgettable film from 2011...

  • Tyrannosaurus Max | January 14, 2012 4:43 PM

    If you really felt Drive lacked any real substance, I highly recommend giving it another watch with more carefully discerning eyes and ears.

  • KT | January 14, 2012 2:21 PM

    I totally agree.

    Had they stuck to the original script and not cut so much (it was already pretty lean as is), "Drive" would've been a certified classic. Find it if you can.

  • [A] | January 14, 2012 1:26 PMReply

    Like I mentioned to someone on twitter, the part of his brain that liked "The Three Musketeers" was probably the same part that cast Eli Roth, Mike Myers, Samm Levine and The Temp for Inglorious Basterds... VERY odd

  • Juice | January 14, 2012 1:24 PMReply

    Kevin, keep your comments about Tarantino to a minimum. Did you watch drive? The CGI special effects were laughable when they were not meant to be. I hate those kind. Hence, nice try. Tarantino reconstructs each genre he decides to do every single time! Every always has to add their two cents about Tarantino's movies. He will not get his proper respect until he is dead. No one, I mean no one, takes a blank sheet of paper and creates a movie start to finish better than the Master!

  • Thomas | February 3, 2012 5:52 PM

    In wich part of the movie Drive, do you find the cgi effects laughable..?

    STOP commenting on film effects, since you have no idea what you are talking about.
    There were NO CGI in DRIVE, so what are you talking about?

    The only thing to laugh about is YOU.

    Here is a link so you can learn a little:

  • adf | January 14, 2012 2:36 PM

    Let's stop pretending he's underrated. He already got "his proper respect." In the '90s, most critics were tripping over each other declaring him a film revolutionary. He won the Palme D'or. He has a huge fanbase. He's a household name. Most actors want to work with him. Isn't that enough respect for now?

  • [A] | January 14, 2012 1:27 PM

    Are you mad, kid? Relax, then comment again. You forgot a few words there...and forgot to make sense, too.

  • Cheyton | January 14, 2012 1:23 PMReply

    How did "Drive" make the "Nice Try" list? That was easily one of the more visually appealing and all-around more badass films in recent memory.

  • Darth Dudeico | January 14, 2012 4:02 PM

    Visual style and badassery only take you so far when the story is so dull and the characters are all one dimensional. And I personally didn't find much about it to be badass. The main character came off as having some kind of mental retardation more than being the "strong silent type."

  • [A] | January 14, 2012 1:28 PM

    ..perhaps good ol' Quentin is jealous of Nicolas Winding Refn

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