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Reservoir Dogs Reviews

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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 14, 2007
| Original Score: 4/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
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
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
February 9, 2006
A tour de force.
Full Review | 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
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
October 15, 2002
Those who survive it emerge in a shell-shocked euphoria -- so good and so blunt is the writing.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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John Hartl
Film.com
January 1, 2000
It's extremely well-acted, written with flair and directed by a 29-year-old first-timer, Quentin Tarantino, who always knows where to put the camera, when to cut to a flashback and how to draw the best work from his brilliant cast.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A nod to such noir crime classics as Stanley Kubrick's "The Killing," the movie's more than savvy sensationalism. Suspense, horror and humor are expertly interwoven.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
It's brutal, it's funny and you won't forget it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5