The Hateful Eight

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Extreme violence, language in Tarantino's clever western.
  • R
  • 2015
  • 182 minutes

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 28 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 32 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Characters frequently lie, and no one trusts anyone else. At one point, two characters team up to survive, but their teamwork is based more on necessity than on trust.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The characters are killers, liars, criminals, and bigots, all of whom use strong language and racial slurs. Racial stereotyping.


Extreme violence, with guns, shooting, and lots of blood -- it spurts and puddles, and there are stains everywhere. Gunshot wounds, severed body parts. Major characters die. A female character is punched several times. Knife to throat. Spoken story of burn victims. Coerced sexual humiliation (fully naked man forced to perform oral sex on another man). Characters react to poison by vomiting blood.


During an act of sexual violence/coercion (see "Violence" section), there's full-frontal male nudity.


Constant swearing includes use of the "N" word, "f--k," and "motherf----r," plus "s--t," "ass," "son of a bitch," "whore," "goddamn," "hell," "bastard," "nuts," "darkie," and "Jesus Christ," plus several versions of "penis" ("Johnson," "dingus," etc.).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Frequent cigarette and pipe smoking; some liquor drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight is a Western that promises -- and delivers -- extremely strong violence and language. Characters use guns, and tons of blood splatters, sprays, and oozes everywhere. A female character is punched in the face several times, knives and poison are used (victims of the latter vomit blood), and there are many dead bodies. In a flashback, a man who's shown full-frontally naked is forced to perform oral sex on another man. Language includes countless uses of the "N" word, "f--k," and "motherf----r," plus plenty of other words. Characters smoke cigarettes and pipes (accurate for the era) and drink whisky and brandy.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byChristianMomof5 January 1, 2016

Offensive on many levels

Frequent use of racial slurs and very hateful towards African Americans. Violent punches to the face of the main female character in which blood, broken teeth... Continue reading
Parent of a 13 and 16-year-old Written bytandrea January 2, 2016

Common Sense review misses on Sex

Usually Common Sense reviews are accurate but this one misses and it is not a matter of opinion. There is an oral sex scene that is major and Common Sense give... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byibey April 13, 2016

A Great Western

The dialogue as usual is fantastic, keeping me on the edge of my seat throughout what could have been a boring half-hour stage coach scene. There's a lot o... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byManOfMidNights January 3, 2016

A blessing for Tarantino fans, a unique experience for many moviegoers, but DEFINITELY not for everyone

To start off, I watched the movie with my parents, because I thought they might like it. They have seen Django Unchained with me, and my dad had seen Inglorious... Continue reading

What's the story?

Bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) transports his prisoner, Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), via stagecoach to Red Rock, just ahead of a brutal snowstorm. Along the way, they encounter two stranded travelers: fellow bounty hunter Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson) and the soon-to-be-appointed sheriff of Red Rock, Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins). When the storm overtakes them, the group shelters in Minnie's Haberdashery, where four more strangers await. Some of them seem to have a mysterious, perhaps deadly agenda, and not everyone is telling the truth. When one of them poisons the coffee, things take a turn for the worse, and a showdown is imminent.

Is it any good?

Tarantino's eighth movie is long, moving inevitably toward an expected, brutally violent climax -- but along the way the colorful characters and playful dialogue provide a twisted good time. The one-room pressure-cooker setting, plus the presence of Michael Madsen and Tim Roth, may remind viewers of Reservoir Dogs, which can be both good and bad. That film's clever, sinister structure left audiences wanting more, whereas the lengthy, bonkers THE HATEFUL EIGHT gives up everything (and the kitchen sink).

Which isn't to say that it's not a lot of fun; it has surprises up its sleeve, and, as simple as the premise/set-up all seems, the characters' motivations are often deliberately deceptive. Long dialogue sequences exist for the sheer joy of their sound and rhythm but are also sometimes used as sleight-of-hand. Tarantino also uses music (by Ennio Morricone) and silence to brilliant effect; that, plus the infectious character performances makes this truly killer entertainment.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about The Hateful Eight's extreme violence. What effect does it have? Is it exciting? Gruesome? Do different types of violence have a different impact on viewers?

  • Why do you think the movie has such a pervasive use of the "N" word? What effect does hearing it so often have? Do you think Tarantino is trying to say something by having the characters use it so much?

  • Are any of these characters likable? How can such despicable people be interesting? How do they compare to characters in other Tarantino movies?

  • What's the appeal of the Western genre? Why do you think it's less popular today than it once was? Could it make a comeback?

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