I've been in countless QT debates over the years. And while I don't necessarily disagree with anything you are saying here. He at least does it well, IMO. Derivative or not his movies are entertaining as hell, for the most part. He doesn't have a single movie that was a complete dud. And like it or not, several are considered modern-day classics. There aren't many people out there who have been in the business as long as him that can claim his kind of track record. Of course you can argue that some of his BO success is simply due to the fact that his name is attached. But still, there's gotta be something to it to have the kind of success he has had for going on a quarter of a century. I've seen many of the lesser-known films Tarantino has borrowed/stolen/whatever from, and have yet to find one that was as complete of a film or as entertaining/effective as what he put on the screen. Would I call him a visionary or a great innovator of original ideas? Not really. But the guy is a damn good filmmaker, although not for everybody.