10 Classic Movies Everyone Thinks Are Masterpieces... Except Quentin Tarantino
Even cult classic status could not save these movies from Tarantino's criticism.
Everyone knows that Quentin Tarantino didn't go to film school – he went to the movies. However, he did not always leave movie theatres happy.
The director has never been shy when it comes to evaluating the work of other directors, even if it is the work of truly iconic filmmakers.
The Matrix: Reloaded and The Matrix: Revolutions
The list of movies that Tarantino hates includes two sequels to The Matrix, even though the original film has long been on his list of favorites. It was removed from the list because, according to Tarantino, it were the sequels that spoiled the whole mythology of that franchise.
Groundhog Day, Stripes and Scrooged
Three movies starring Bill Murray cause Tarantino's passionate dislike. According to the director, the inspirational movies of the 80s and 90s, in which Murray appeared so often, should in no way justify such scoundrels (by scoundrels, he means any of Murray's characters). In the finale, all of these characters get their redemption, although throughout the movie they did not inspire an ounce of sympathy.
Although the movie is considered one of the greatest horror films ever made, Tarantino has his own take on it: “I actually didn’t care for Wes Craven’s direction of it. I thought he was the iron chain attached to its ankle that kept it earthbound and stopped it from going to the Moon.”
Natural Born Killers
It turns out that Tarantino is very angry about Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers. A rather unexpected statement, considering that he himself wrote the script for it. In addition, Quentin has still not been able to watch the movie from beginning to end because, in his opinion, Stone did not understand his story and idea at all.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
The director disliked the movie so much that he preferred the heavily criticized Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: “I like ‘Crystal Skull’ more than the Sean Connery one. I don’t like the Sean Connery one at all. […] That’s such a boring one. It’s boring. And he’s not an interesting character.”
The last joint work of Alfred Hitchcock and actor James Stewart, the reason for which was the cold attitude of both the public and the critics towards the film. The movie was only recognized years later and became a cult classic after its re-release in 1983. In one of the interviews, Tarantino admitted that he did not like Vertigo or other works of the great director made in the 1950s at all.
In his book Cinema Speculation, Tarantino takes a pretty hard look at the work of Alfred Hitchcock in general and Frenzy in particular: “Ultimately he resented having to make them [thrillers] and was bored with the form. Hitchcock’s Frenzy might be a piece of crap, but I doubt Alfred was bored making it.”