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Reservoir Dogs (1992)

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83

Average Rating: 8.5/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 3

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94

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Average Rating: 4.1/5
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In 1992, Reservoir Dogs transformed Quentin Tarantino practically overnight from an obscure, unproduced screenwriter and part-time actor to the most influential new filmmaker of the 1990s. The story looks at what happens before and after (but not during) a botched jewelry store robbery organized by Joe Cabot (Lawrence Tierney). Mr. White (Harvey Keitel) is a career criminal who takes a liking to newcomer Mr. Orange (Tim Roth) and enjoys showing him the ropes. Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi) is a

Nov 5, 2002

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All Critics (60) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (55) | Rotten (5) | DVD (44)

The film, for all its mayhem and fury, is too distant to be truly disturbing; it treats everything with an impatient, born-too-late shrug.

June 26, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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A brash, brutal crime-caper film, Reservoir Dogs has enough raw energy for 10 motion pictures and more than enough rough stuff to traumatize the sensitive. But not only does Dogs have teeth, it has brains.

June 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Tarantino's palpable enthusiasm, his unapologetic passion for what he's created, reinvigorates this venerable plot and, mayhem aside, makes it involving for longer than you might suspect.

June 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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A much-acclaimed revisionist gangster film that I found to have more style than substance.

June 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Tarantino, in Reservoir Dogs, has made a nihilist comedy about how human nature will always undercut the best-laid plans.

September 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Undeniably impressive pic grabs the viewer by the lapels and shakes hard, but it also is about nothing other than a bunch of macho guys and how big their guns are.

March 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety | Comment (1)
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...one of the most impressive debut features in cinematic history.

January 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

No matter how many times you've freeze-framed the bit at the end, it's still up there with Die Hard and Taxi Driver as one of the great once-a-year indulgences.

June 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Brash, abrasive and unrelenting, this is a must-see.

June 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

This movie is not for everybody. It's for hardly anybody. Fans of this kind of paperback-style bloodbath, however, will be held by the promise of a resolution as outlandish and as the rest of the picture.

June 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

The film ends without a satisfying resolution, since these characters are so ugly only an agonizing affliction would qualify as just deserts. Crime doesn't exactly pay in this case, but it doesn't cost enough either.

June 26, 2013 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

A superb character study of tough guys turning on each other, it is also an edgy drama about the dissolution of trust.

June 26, 2013 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Reservoir Dogs is hideously ugly in its materials, but in the sure way it's made and the vividness of the performances, it's a thing of beauty.

June 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

Exuberance over violence is mostly reined in. Coiled male panic and ricocheting accusations carry the action. At its best, at a time before Tarantino became all show, Reservoir Dogs reveals masculinity as a bloody, savage, two-faced performance.

May 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Undoubtedly one of the best films of the 1990s, and probably one of the best directorial debuts of all time, Reservoir Dogs announced the arrival of one of contemporary cinema's hottest talents -- and he came out shooting.

November 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Raw and bloody. For adults.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

An action movie comprised almost entirely of words.

June 30, 2010 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm
LarsenOnFilm

In 1992 Quentin Tarantino did something that hadn't been done since 1986 with David Lynch's "Blue Velvet;" he reinvented cinema.

October 3, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Comments (8)
ColeSmithey.com

memorable

August 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Comments (2)
Filmcritic.com

Tarantino was slated to direct the masterpiece that was True Romance but took on this project which might be the best directorial debut in years!

January 2, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Reservoir Dogs

At the beginning of the nineties, Kurt Cobain and Nirvana looked in disgust at the formulaic, soulless lumbering cash cow guitar music had become and using cues from grittier, purer classics of the past singlehandedly swept away the self serving excesses of the genre and revolutionised it forever. Quentin Tarantino did exactly the same thing with cinematic crime drama. He examined the logistics of both being an undercover cop and planning a heist and introduced believable characters who spoke like real people; they weren't just posturing stereotypes punctuating another set of pointless explosions and car chases. He created an ensemble cast of actors for their charisma and ability, not their box office drawing power. He scored it with wit using obscure music from the past that complimented the action rather than trying to make a fast buck selling yet another insipid rock ballad to people who don't listen to music. Tarantino has often been accused of plagiarism, and this script does 'borrow' from City On Fire and The Taking Of Pelham 123. But if you ask me, an original but bad film is still a bad film, while an unoriginal but brilliant film is still a BRILLIANT film.
June 13, 2014
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Tarantino‚(TM)s weakest, if that at all says something.

Full review coming to themoviefreakblog.com on 7/23
July 20, 2013
spielberg00

Super Reviewer

A unique directorial debut from a unique (but very overrated) director. Tarantino writes and directs this ultra vulgar/violent film and the cast, particularly Buscemi, puts on a great performance. This film, about the aftermath of a heist rather than the heist itself, tests the trust and loyalty between nine suave criminals. This is a pretty good indie film.
June 12, 2013
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer

What a film!
I don't really have enough good things to say about this one. A perfect example of a film that works on every level. A somewhat simple story of a group of thieves infiltrated by a member of the LAPD(Roth) who as a result becomes tight with a long time criminal (Keitel) on a heist gone awry.
A notch cast that gives each character a background that you just feel. The great Lawrence Tierney portrays the man behind the "jobs" who is about as real as crime bosses get. "It's my way or the highway". His unique low, raspy voice is quite effective and lets you know that you do not mess with him. Remember him as Elaine's father on Seinfeld?
And I should mention that this film utilizes locations in Los Angeles that are pretty much never shown in films which keeps things real.
So If you have missed this one and would like to know why Steve Buscemi's character Mr. Pink doesn't tip, check this one out.
*This is the film that launched Quentin Tarantino's career as a filmmaker and is in my opinion his very best work.
May 10, 2013
yona71

Super Reviewer

    1. Nice Guy Eddie: I don't even know a fuckin' Jew who'd have the balls to say that.
    – Submitted by James D (21 days ago)
    1. Mr. Orange/Freddy: He's convinced me, gimme back my dollar!
    – Submitted by James D (21 days ago)
    1. Mr. Blonde/Vic Vega: Are you gonna bark all day, lil' doggie, or are you gonna bite?
    – Submitted by Alex A (19 months ago)
    1. Marvin Nash: Hey Freddy. How do I look?
    2. Mr. Orange/Freddy: [chuckles] I don't know what to tell you Marvin.
    – Submitted by Redwan A (19 months ago)
    1. Mr. Brown: Let me tell you what "Like a Virgin" is about. It's all about a girl who digs a guy with a big dick. The entire song. It's a metaphor for big dicks.
    2. Mr. Blonde/Vic Vega: No, no. It's about a girl who is very vulnerable. She's been fucked over a few times. Then she meets some guy who's really sensitive...
    3. Mr. Brown: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa... Time out Greenbay. Tell that fucking bullshit to the tourists.
    4. Joe Cabot: Toby... Who the fuck is Toby? Toby...
    5. Mr. Brown: "Like a Virgin" is not about this sensitive girl who meets a nice fella. That's what "True Blue" is about, now, granted, no argument about that.
    6. Mr. Orange/Freddy: Which one is "True Blue"?
    7. Nice Guy Eddie: "True Blue" was a big ass hit for Madonna. I don't even follow this Tops In Pops shit, and I've at least heard of "True Blue".
    8. Mr. Orange/Freddy: Look, asshole, I didn't say I ain't heard of it. All I asked was how does it go? Excuse me for not being the world's biggest Madonna fan.
    9. Mr. Blonde/Vic Vega: Personally, I can do without her.
    10. Mr. Blue: I like her early stuff. You know, "Lucky Star", "Borderline" - but once she got into her "Papa Don't Preach" phase, I don't know, I tuned out.
    11. Mr. Brown: Hey, you guys are making me lose my... train of thought here. I was saying something, what was it?
    12. Joe Cabot: Oh, Toby was this Chinese girl, what was her last name?
    13. Mr. White/Larry: What's that?
    14. Joe Cabot: I found this old address book in a jacket I ain't worn in a coon's age. What was that name?
    15. Mr. Brown: What the fuck was I talking about?
    16. Mr. Pink: You said "True Blue" was about a nice girl, a sensitive girl who meets a nice guy, and that "Like a Virgin" was a metaphor for big dicks.
    17. Mr. Brown: Lemme tell you what 'Like a Virgin' is about. It's all about this cooze who's a regular fuck machine, I'm talking morning, day, night, afternoon, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick.
    18. Mr. Blue: How many dicks is that?
    19. Mr. White/Larry: A lot.
    20. Mr. Brown: Then one day she meets this John Holmes motherfucker and it's like, whoa baby, I mean this cat is like Charles Bronson in "The Great Escape", he's digging tunnels. Now, she's gettin' the serious dick action and she's feeling something she ain't felt since forever. Pain. Pain.
    21. Joe Cabot: Chew? Toby Chew?
    22. Mr. Blonde/Vic Vega: It hurts her. It shouldn't hurt her, you know, her pussy should be Bubble Yum by now, but when this cat fucks her it hurts. It hurts just like it did the first time. You see the pain is reminding a fuck machine what it once was like to be a virgin. Hence - "Like a Virgin".
    23. Joe Cabot: Wong?
    – Submitted by THGhost . (19 months ago)
    1. Mr. Blonde/Vic Vega: Eddie, if you keep talkin' like a bitch, I'm gonna slap you like a bitch.
    – Submitted by Kia M (20 months ago)
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