I came across this old discussion, which says some of what I was struggling to find words for. I don't know the films at all really, so I can't say if this is ultimately fair. But it reflects my reaction to what I've seen, albeit only sporadically and briefly (and usually at the instigation of student reporters).
My Tarantino problem in a nutshell is that I recognize the things that he's trying to do, and I concede that if the goal is to create an entertaining movie that is very much about other movies and very much informed by film history, then Tarantino has to be considered a major, major success, there's no doubt about it; but as I get a little older, and get further away from my twenties, I look back on my positive review of Pulp Fiction, and I cringe a little bit, because what I've come to value in movies more than anything else is emotion, and a sense of connection to life. That is the one thing that I think is consistently missing from Tarantino's movies, with a couple of exceptions, which I think we'll get to as we go through his career film by film... (continues)Beyond that, and while Spinoza is still fresh in our minds...
Bertrand Russell points out Spinoza's view, that seems right in this context: considering Tarantino's obsessive preoccupation with revenge, "a life devoted to a single passion is a narrow life, incompatible with every kind of wisdom."
Postscript, Friday 27th. It’s the birthday of director Quentin Tarantino, born in Knoxville, Tennessee (1963), and raised in Los Angeles, near the airport. He dropped out of high school after ninth grade, took some acting classes, worked as an usher at an adult theater, and rewrote screenplays from memory. He skipped film school in favor of a job at a big video store in Southern California, where he and his co-workers — all aspiring filmmakers — watched and analyzed movies all day. He got a few small acting jobs, and sold a couple of screenplays, but, as the cliché goes, he really wanted to direct. He got his break when Harvey Keitel read one of his scripts; Keitel was impressed, so he helped Tarantino get the movie produced. That was Reservoir Dogs (1992). Two years later came his big hit, Pulp Fiction(1994).