The Grade Book: “Django Unchained”

Django Unchained

Plot: A former slave named Django and a bounty hunter named Dr. King Schultz team up to save Django’s wife from a plantation owner named Calvin Candie.

Director: Quentin Tarantino.

Writer: Quentin Tarantino.

Cast: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington, and Don Johnson.

Genres: Spaghetti Western, Action, Drama.

Running Time: 2 hours and 45 minutes.

MPAA Rating: R.




SUMMARY OF THOUGHTS: Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained is bloody and intense and also features his witty dialogue and amazing performances — with standouts being Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Samuel L. Jackson.  The movie is overlong, but it never fails to entertain.



  • Tyler Christian:

Grade: A

Quentin Tarantino has, and will most likely always be my biggest influence as an aspiring filmmaker, and his latest film highlights everything I love about his style. That being the charismatic characters, extremely witty dialogue, bloody-as-hell violence, and fantastic soundtrack. Though I had minor nitpicks with the film’s pacing, they vanish because of how constantly entertaining Tarantino manages to make the film. Need I say more? This is one of the best movies of the year, and also certainly the most entertaining one, too!

  • Hannah Everman:

Grade: B+

I thought this film was very well done. It incorporated bloody violence, similar to that of Kill Bill, and a good amount of Tarantino-style dialogue. However, I found it to be a slow-moving film compared to some of Tarantino’s other films. Overall, it was just too long. Samuel L. Jackson’s performance reminded me a lot of his Pulp Fiction days; I thought he did a great job. Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz were great together. I would recommend seeing it. This film was legendary in its own right. However, I think it falls short from some of Tarantino’s other films.

  • Ryan Fecskovics:

Grade: A

Tarantino! You’ve done it again! Beautifully acted and made. Nearly flawless. Script issues of course but none the less a great film. Also, the film’s third act (although strong) could have been a lot shorter. I recommend Django Unchained for anyone who is 17 or older.

  • Chad Gleason (MovieManCHAD):


Grade: A-

Another great movie going EXPERIENCE thanks to a master filmmaker!

  • James Michael Holtz (WeWatchedAMovie):

Grade: B+

Typical Tarantino and by that I mean awesome acting, writing and a lot of fun. Dicaprio and Waltz should definitely bring home some Academy Awards for this effort.

  • Steven Hunt:

Grade: B+

Everyone is fantastic in this movie. From Jamie Foxx to Christoph Waltz to Leonardo Dicaprio to Samuel L. Jackson, not one bad performance to be seen. Quentin Tarantino directs this movie with his usual style of striking visuals and brutal violence. My one problem, and it is pretty big, is that about 20 minutes before the movie ended something happened and the movie just fell apart for me. I felt like I was watching a different movie from then on. Had it not been for that one problem, this movie would’ve been perfect.

  • John Maffeo:

Grade: B

Tarantino does it again! This western-southern tale is told through ridiculous circumstances, including scenes of violence that are so much so that it becomes extremely satisfying. Acting performances all around are great, especially DiCaprio who embodied his role. The running time clocks in as daunting, which may diverge audiences but Tarantino fans are guaranteed to have some fun!

  • Scott Menzel:

Grade: A

I have to honestly say that I was blown away by this one. Tarantino has a knack for making films with witty dialogue and great acting but clocking in at over 2hrs and 40mins, I was blown away that I actually wanted the film to run longer. The movie is loaded with laughs, action, and drama. Its hands down my favorite Tarantino film to date. I really hope that Tarantino and the entire gang involved in this film get nominated for an Academy Award because Waltz, DiCaprio, Foxx, and Jackson all deserve attention for the brilliance in their performance.

  • Jake Peffer:

Grade: B+

Django Unchained is bloody, over-the-top and ridiculous at times but because of Quentin Tarantino’s direction and great performances from the cast, especially Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio. The movie is a lot of fun and very entertaining.

  • Austin Putnam:

Grade: A

When it comes to the touchy subject matter of slavery and the time period Tarantino does not hold back and gives us what we want. Excellent performances all around, a masterfully written script, excellent direction, awesome cinematography, and along with a great soundtrack make Django Unchained not only one of the best films of the year, but also a definite Oscar contender. Quentin Tarantino has delivered another masterpiece upon us.

  • Daniel Rester:

Grade: A

Django Unchained is too long and the third act loses some steam, but the movie is still great and gets even better the more I think about it. This is easily the bloodiest film I’ve seen all year, with Tarantino lighting up the screen with blazing action. The dialogue and other off-the-wall Tarantino ingredients also shine through. I was also impressed at how Tarantino managed to make this movie like his others but also take his anti-slavery message very seriously at moments in the film — occasionally showing the true horrors of slavery in an unflinching manner. The performances are also magnificent, with Waltz, DiCaprio, and Jackson as standouts. One of the best films of the year.

  • Christian Ruvalcaba:

Grade: A

The movie is visually stunning, the dialogue is a blast, and the performances are nothing short of amazing. However, this is a very different Tarantino film. The fantastic sequences of dialogue Tarantino has had in the past that carries his character development falls a bit short here. Sure enough, this still feels like a Tarantino film, but it isn’t a film of his many people will expect. Despite that, the movie is fun, smart, and brutally graphic that will make you laugh and even look away.

  • Brandt Sohn:

Grade: A+

Another winner from Tarantino. The cast is fantastic, with DiCaprio, Waltz, and Sam Jackson being absolute scene-stealers. Jamie Foxx is great as Django but has a more serious role that does not allow him to truly shine until the end. The script is very well written and Tarantino does a great job making the audience laugh and cheer in one moment and feel disturbed in the next. The violence is everything you would expect and then some and the soundtrack is perfect. The most fun I have had in the theaters this year. A blast from beginning to end.

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