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Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds Opens Strong

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 23, 2009 at 2:36AM

Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds opened strong Friday night, raking in an estimated $14.3 million. (We'll see how it holds.) Reviews were mixed, 69 on Metacritic. Richard Corliss, Roger Ebert and Jim Hoberman were thumbs up on this cinephile's fantasy, while Ken Turan, David Denby and Manohla Dargis were thumbs down on the slow-paced, often ridiculous alternative take on history. Here's New Yorker blogger Richard Brody and LA Weekly's Tarantino Q & A.. UPDATE: Looks like a $37-million opening, and great opening overseas, too. The film performed similarly to last weekend's District 9.
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Thompson on Hollywood

Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds opened strong Friday night, raking in an estimated $14.3 million. (We'll see how it holds.) Reviews were mixed, 69 on Metacritic. Richard Corliss, Roger Ebert and Jim Hoberman were thumbs up on this cinephile's fantasy, while Ken Turan, David Denby and Manohla Dargis were thumbs down on the slow-paced, often ridiculous alternative take on history. Here's New Yorker blogger Richard Brody and LA Weekly's Tarantino Q & A.. UPDATE: Looks like a $37-million opening, and great opening overseas, too. The film performed similarly to last weekend's District 9.

Inspired by Inglourious Basterds, MTV Movies collects five of cinema's most bad-ass Jewish action heroes.

Here's Matt Zoller Seitz's compilation of memorable Tarantino dialogue bits:

[Photo courtesy LA Weekly]

This article is related to: Box Office, Directors, Headliners, Independents, Video, Reviews, Summer, Quentin Tarantino, Brad Pitt, Weinsteins


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