Reservoir Dogs

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Thrumming with intelligence and energy, Reservoir Dogs opens Quentin Tarantino's filmmaking career with hard-hitting style.

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A group of thieves assemble to pull of the perfect diamond heist. It turns into a bloody ambush when one of the men turns out to be a police informer. As the group begins to question each other's guilt, the heightening tensions threaten to explode the situation before the police step in.

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Critic Reviews for Reservoir Dogs

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (65) | Rotten (6)

  • And while Tarantino never quite succeeds in putting around each character the sense of isolation that marks the best noirs, he carries off this exercise in lively fashion. It's more purple than noir, but it's got juice.

    April 27, 2018 | Full Review…

    Jay Carr

    Boston Globe
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  • No one should go to Reservoir Dogs without prior thought. But what they will see is a riveting treatise on the theme of betrayal set in an urban wasteland that murders hope and makes redemption virtually impossible.

    March 20, 2018 | Full Review…

    Derek Malcolm

    Guardian
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  • The exaggerated raw violence of "Reservoir Dogs" leaves one feeling cheated in the end. For this movie isn't really about anything. It's just a flashy, stylistically daring exercise in cinematic mayhem.

    January 21, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Perhaps it's a bit too knowing in places, and perhaps it packs in one pop cultural reference too many, but this is an in-your-face, look-at-me kind of debut, designed to function as the calling-card of a major new talent.

    December 29, 2014 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • 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 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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  • May 24, 2016
    The debut film by Quentin Tarantino that set his career off with a bang. A powerful cast including Madsen, Keitel, Roth and Buscemi who all deliver. Witty dialogue and having the most sadistic torture scene ever, this one is a crime classic.
    Peter B Super Reviewer
  • May 01, 2016
    Reservoir Dogs is like a stage production made for film. Despite the lack of a fully satisfying conclusion, the characters have a lot of substance and keep the audience on their toes.
    Sean T Super Reviewer
  • Mar 27, 2016
    It's location may be simple and the budget limited, but director Quentin Tarantino knocks his debut feature out of the park with fantastic performances, incredibly sharp and clever writing and edge of your seat pacing. Even though it's the beginning, it is still among his best.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2016
    Funny and brilliantly written dialogue and great story. Reservoir Dogs is the directorial debut for Mr. Quentin Tarantino and he knocks it out of the park!
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