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Reservoir Dogs Reviews

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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
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Todd McCarthy
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.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 13, 2007
It's dynamite on a short fuse.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Entertainment Weekly
February 27, 2007
You may not like the terms Tarantino sets, but you have to admit he succeeds on them.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Chuck O'Leary
January 9, 2007
A highly cinematic blast for those who can stomach its brutality...Like Glengarry Glen Ross with guns.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Emanuel Levy
December 23, 2006
Structurally, Tarantino may have borrowed from Kubrick's crimers and Hong Kong films, but for a debut, it's brilliantly written and acted and it captures the paranoia of white working-class men, threatened by gays, women and other groups.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
February 9, 2006
A tour de force.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 28, 2005
You don't have to love it to be impressed with its riveting treatment of criminals in action.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Dan Jardine
March 9, 2004
The one QT film that always manages to rope a knot in my stomach and keep a firm grip, pulling, twisting, tightening and re-tying it.
Full Review | Original Score: 91/100

TV Guide
July 30, 2003
For Tarantino, the age of heroic competence is as dead as his characters are at the fadeout.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
July 25, 2003
Grandes atuações em um filme chocante, mas engraçado em sua violência estilizada.
| Original Score: 4/5
Fred Topel
July 14, 2003
Fantastic crime movie. Awesome dialogue, plot structure and acting. Doesn't get much better.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
A small, modestly budgeted crime movie of sometimes dazzling cinematic pyrotechnics and over-the- top dramatic energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
Brian Mckay
March 19, 2003
While Reservoir Dogs is probably Tarantino's most unpolished work, it strongly contends for the distinction of being his best.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Brad Laidman
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
I can't remember a movie getting me so excited about what you could do with a little bit of money, some fine actors, and lots of beautifully profane rhythmic dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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
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