The Movie Critic: everything we know about Quentin Tarantino's 'final' movie

Quentin Tarantino at the 2021 Rome Film Festival
Quentin Tarantino (Image credit: Massimo Insabato/Archivio Massimo Insabato/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)

When Quentin Tarantino makes a movie, it is an event. That's been the case pretty much since the director burst onto the scenes in the early '90s with Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. But when it is his 10th and supposedly final movie, ratchet that excitement up a notch. That's what we thought we were getting with The Movie Critic, but that appears to have changed.

After details started to come in about what The Movie Critic may be, it seems that things have changed and the movie is no longer going forward.

Read on to find out what we know about The Movie Critic right now.

The Movie Critic release date

Tarantino was reportedly going to begin production on The Movie Critic in August 2024, so it was never going to make it in as a 2024 new movie, but now it is being removed from the slate entirely as Tarantio apparently is going back to the drawing board for his 10th movie, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter.

The Movie Critic plot

Deadline interviewed Quentin Tarantino at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival, where he provided the first solid details on what The Movie Critic plot was going to be about.

Tarantino said that the story takes place in California 1977 and "is based on a guy who really lived, but was never really famous, and he used to write movie reviews for a porno rag." Tarantino did not reveal the name of the magazine the real-life critic wrote for, but said in the movie it'll be called The Popstar Pages.

According to The Hollywood Reporter that morphed however with the reported casting of Brad Pitt, with the movie turning into a new story centered on the actor's character from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Cliff Booth.

The Movie Critic cast

No actors have been announced as part of The Movie Critic cast as of yet, but you can imagine many will be lining up for the chance to work with Quentin Tarantino.

Tarantino has a number of actors that he has frequently worked with throughout his career, including Samuel L. Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tim Roth, Christoph Waltz and Brad Pitt. However, again in the Deadline column, Tarantino said that at least the lead role is not going to be occupied by any of those actors, as he is looking for someone in "the 35 year-old ball park."

However, the first bit of casting news around The Movie Critic signals may be working with one of his well known collaborators. Multiple outlets reported that Brad Pitt was "likely reuniting" with Tarantino for a movie, though the deal is not official at this time.

The Movie Critic trailer

We're a long way from a trailer for The Movie Critic coming out, as cameras aren't even expected to start rolling until fall 2023.

Is The Movie Critic Quentin Tarantino's last movie? 

It appears not based on the reports that Tarantino has moved on from the project. We'll have to wait and see what the director has up his sleeves for his alleged final movie.

How to watch Quentin Tarantino movies

If the thought of Quentin Tarantino making his last movie has you nostalgic for the director's work, here is where you can watch his previous nine movies right now:

Reservoir Dogs — available via digital on-demand in US; on ITX in the UK
Pulp Fiction — streaming on Max in the US; on Netflix, Paramount Plus and ITX in the UK
Jackie Brown — streaming on Netflix in the US; streaming on Amazon Freevee in the UK
Kill Bill Vol. 1 — streaming on AMC Plus in the US; streaming on Amazon Freevee and ITX in the UK
Kill Bill Vol. 2 — streaming on AMC Plus in the US; streaming on Amazon Freevee and ITX in the UK
Death Proof — streaming on Paramount Plus in US; on digital on-demand in the UK
Inglourious Basterds — on digital on-demand in the US; on Netflix in the UK
Django Unchained — on digital on-demand in the US; streaming on Sky Go, NOW TV in the UK
The Hateful Eight — streaming on Netflix in the US; on digital on-demand in the UK
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood — streaming on Hulu in the US; on Netflix in the UK

Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Only Murders in the Building, Yellowstone, The Boys, Game of Thrones and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.