Note to Reviewers: Stop Describing Tarantino Movies as a “Return to Form”

Pretty simple article this, ever since Jackie Brown, reviewers have been clamouring to say Tarantino’s latest is a fine “return to form”. Forgetting of course, that with the exception of Death Proof (which got 67%), every other Tarantino movie has been very well received by critics (80%+ on “Rotten Tomatoes”).

For proof of this, here are four reviews:

1. Can Kill Bill Save Tarantino?

2. Death Proof is an exhilarating, no-holds-barred, long-overdue return to form for Tarantino.

3. Inglourious Basterds was an explosive return to form for a director that I had almost lost all interest in.

4. Quentin Tarantino’s brutal revenge western is a thrilling return to form

Anyway, I make this point to show how easy it is to lose our memories about a director’s back catalogue, but also to warn any reviewers out there if you use “return to form” to describe Tarantino’s next project (whatever that might be), I will hunt your last reviews of his films out, and embarrass you as you realize you actually quite enjoyed them as well.


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