Reservoir Dogs Reviews

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Ralph Novak
People Magazine
June 26, 2013

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.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

The movie feels like it's going to be terrific, but Tarantino's script doesn't have much curiosity about these guys.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
Top Critic
June 26, 2013

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.

Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000

Tarentino has the craft down but lacks the depth and moral wisdom to avoid merely gleeful bloodletting.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
June 26, 2013

A much-acclaimed revisionist gangster film that I found to have more style than substance.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
June 26, 2013

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

Mike Barkacs
July 5, 2005

This is a savage gangster story with all the Tarantino trappings, including enough blood for a couple of Jaws movies.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Gurney
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011

Raw and bloody. For adults.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Berardinelli
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

The writing is crisp and clean, providing line after line of snappy dialogue designed to leave the viewer alternately pondering and laughing aloud.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
April 30, 2003

A nasty, unchained beast with teeth as sharp as razors. And it's a dog that proudly leads the pack of the very finest crime films.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael Szymanski
August 28, 2003

| Original Score: 4/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002

Tarantino's debut is a wildly entertaining, thrilling, upsetting and hilarious movie, shot and performed with verve, go-for-broke energy and gritty charisma.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
June 26, 2013

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kevin McCarthy
BDK Reviews
January 2, 2009

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!

| Original Score: 5/5
Todd McCarthy
Top Critic
March 13, 2007

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.

Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
May 10, 2012

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.

Cole Smithey
October 3, 2009

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

Full Review | Original Score: A+
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
March 13, 2007

It's unclear whether this macho thriller does anything to improve the state of the world or our understanding of it, but it certainly sets off enough rockets to hold and shake us for every one of its 99 minutes.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 4, 2006

Quentin Tarantino came out of nowhere with perhaps the most astonishing, explosive American debut film since John Cassavetes' Shadows.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000

Chock full of witty and quotable dialogue and eye-popping scenes.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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