Reservoir Dogs - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Reservoir Dogs Reviews

Page 1 of 4
Top Critic
Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
January 21, 2016
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Anne Billson
Daily Telegraph (UK)
December 29, 2014
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.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 15, 2014 of the most impressive debut features in cinematic history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

Total Film
June 26, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
June 26, 2013
Brash, abrasive and unrelenting, this is a must-see.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
June 26, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
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.
Top Critic
Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
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.
Top Critic
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
June 26, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 26, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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
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
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.

November 7, 2011
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.
Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Tarantino, in Reservoir Dogs, has made a nihilist comedy about how human nature will always undercut the best-laid plans.
Full Review | Original Score: A
David Gurney
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Raw and bloody. For adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Josh Larsen
June 30, 2010
An action movie comprised almost entirely of words.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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+
Blake French
August 2, 2009
| Original Score: 5/5
Page 1 of 4