Parents' Guide to

The Hateful Eight

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Extreme violence, language in Tarantino's clever western.

Movie R 2015 182 minutes
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age 17+

Based on 33 parent reviews

age 18+

disgusting - nothing may justify this

Definitely not for kids or teens! Not for most adults even. Starts off great, promises a tense mystery, and then suddenly boils down to an uninspired massacre. Well, I expected over-the-top violence at some points, but there are scenes and images here that are so sick and diabolical that it's just better to pass on this movie. Three examples (spoilers) ahead: 1) the infamous male oral sex scene - no comments; 2) two half-dead guys using their (presumably) last moments to hang a half-dead woman ("'cause she doesn't deserve to die from a bullet"); 3) when you finally learn who the "bad" bad guys are, this is not enough - you'll get to watch a very lenghty flasback of them arriving on spot earlier that day and killing a bunch of innocent people in cold blood (most victims begging for mercy in a puddle of blood before they die) - and what's the point of that in terms of the plot? And this is the worst thing - the whole movie is so pointless that it hurts. It was probably meant as pure "entertainment" but it stops being even that somewhere in the middle.
age 18+

Worst Tarantino movie

Don't bother. Garbage.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (33 ):
Kids say (34 ):

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.

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