Fans of Quentin Tarantino would be hard-pressed to pick which of his movies is the “worst” that he has ever made. Simply put, the man has been one of the best directors of our generation and most of his films have been well-received by everyone. However, being creative usually comes with also being critical of your own work. Tarantino recently spoke on which of his films he feels is the worst that he has ever made. Honestly, it is obvious, “To me, it’s all about my filmography, and I want to go out with a terrific filmography,” Tarantino said. “Death Proof has got to be the worst movie I ever make.” In the grand scheme of things, if Death Proof is his worst movie, then that’s still a fantastic career.
Quentin Tarantino was part of a roundtable discussion with a collection of directors that included himself, Gus Van Zant, and Ben Affleck to name a few. They all sat in on a discussion where they got candid about their careers. Tarantino continued, “So if that’s the worst I ever get, I’m good. But I do think one of those out-of-touch, old, limp, flaccid-d*** movies costs you three good movies as far as your rating is concerned.” He certainly sees things the way that most appreciators of the film would as well. However, saying that movie set the man back three movies is a bit of a stretch. He did, however, release Inglorious Basterds after which all but put the memory of Death Proof out of everyone’s heads. Death Proof might be his worst movie, but it’s still not a terrible movie by any means. It was part of the Grindhouse effort between him and fellow director, Robert Rodriguez. Death Proof and Planet Terror were those films sandwiched together in a collection and double-feature style of cinema.
Death Proof is, in fact, his lowest critically reviewed movie. The film currently has a 64% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes. However, the audience score of 72% is much higher. As previously stated, even his worst movie was well-received by audiences. While the ridiculous nature in which events happen in Quentin Tarantino films, fans went into seeing and taking Death Proof for what it was. A gore-induced thrill ride. It wasn’t exactly a film that posed any bigger questions of morality like Django Unchained or made one question everything like Reservoir Dogs. It was what it was. And with Tarantino’s above response, he seems to feel the same way about the film.
Quentin Tarantino has been teasing his retirement in recent years, often saying that he wants to go out on top versus becoming another stale director that doesn’t get out when they should have. Unfortunately, that is not the way that most people see things. The man could be our Martin Scorsese if he wanted to, but he doesn’t want to continue in that manner. This next film is said to be his last before he moves on to whatever life holds for him. Death Proof aside, every single film that he has written and directed has been fantastic. That’s also not even saying the film was all that bad. If anyone happens to dock Tarantino points for Death Proof, when Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, and Kill Bill preceded it, then that’s as crazy as calling a Tarantino film awful.