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  1. Nov 12, 2014
    Not Tarantino's best in my opinion but definitely an amazing film. All the lead actors were incredible and I can see why all of them went on to become big actors. This is a great way to start a career for Tarantino. Plot was great and the writer took it in the right direction. Absolutely stunning film.
  2. chw
    Aug 16, 2014
    Reservoir Dogs was an awesome movie, although I should add there's more talking than action, so I wouldn't recommend it as an action movie, but I do recommend it as a movie to watch.
  3. PMG
    Jun 15, 2014
    I will say this movie is almost as good as Pulp Fiction! What caries the movie is the dialoge and it takes some serios talent to make really entertaining scenes where in there is very little action. Strong performences make this movie feel real and the torture scene if you ask me is among the greatest movie scenes of all time. When all is said and done this is my second favorite Tarantino movie and 6th favorite movie of all time. Well **** Expand
  4. Jun 9, 2014
    This is Tarantino's beginning, not 'Pulp Fiction', although 'Reservoir Dogs' barely hits at the marker. However, its script, acting (particularly Keitel, Madsen, and Buscemi), and cinematography help set in motion the quintessential neo-noir 'Pulp Fiction'. I hadn't recognized that many modern cultural references came from Tarantino, including the "world's smallest violin".
  5. May 31, 2014
    1992's Reservoir Dogs Is One Of My Favorite Films, I Like It Because My Mom Kelli Krajci Was 36 Years Old In 1992, One Of My Gym Teachers Mr. G Told Me This One And 1995's Casino Are Two Good Movies To Watch On DVD, This Is One Of My Brother Jesse Krajci's Favorite Films Along With Pulp Fiction From The Year When Me And My Brother Jesse Were Born And Also A Clockwork Orange From 1971, This Film Uses The F Word 270 Times And Ton Loads Of Buckets Of Blood. Expand
  6. Mar 4, 2014
    After watching both of the kill bills and inglorious bastards, I knew I was absolutely I'm love with Tarantino's movies. They were brutal, serious, humerous, and amazingly brilliant. So when I started watching Reservoir Dogs, I expected something very over the top. I was very wrong. And I think that's why my initial impression was not entirely positive. But after rewatching it months later (after watching nearly all of his other movies), I realized how it's extremely thought out, entertaining narrative and magnificent acting created a masterpiece. I legitimately didn't stop smiling or cringing throughout the entire movie. The small talk between the homicidal men is underwhelming at first, but I soon came to appreciate it's slow but perfect pacing. If you like ANY of Tarantino's movies, or enjoy narrative driven films I'm general, this shouldn't be over looked. Expand
  7. Mar 4, 2014
    This movie is a really good time. If you are sensitive to blood stay away. The movie has a pretty good twist. If you love mob movies and Quentin Tarantino this is your movie. I they could lay off of the black jokes a little bit. I give this movie an 8 out of 10. And check out my profile. Thanks for reading.
  8. Feb 1, 2014
    Amazing movie. One of Tarantinos best films. Fantastic acting, great directing, great cinematography. The use of one continuous shots are so well done. Wouldn't call it his best movie but it's definetly up there, just behind Pulp Fiction and Inglourious Basterds in my opinion.
  9. Dec 23, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. It's Tarantino's debut and breakthrough in Hollywood.
    i fully admire his efforts on the story and direction.
    Everybody just did a great job.Joe,Eddie and our prominent colors steals the show.
    Infrequent violence scenes make it powerful and the acting is just over the top.Screenplay rules.
    I really liked everyone but Steve Buscemi,Tim Roth and Harvey Keitel just steals the show.
    This movie starts the style of Tarantino's long conversation about pop culture,daily and criminal activities which people enjoys till now.
    Especially,the infamous cop-torture scene and the when Mr. Pink shoots at cops repeatedly are too good.
    This is a perfect crime movie.
    It's that kind of movie ,you can see 10 times ,if you liked it.
    It was my first non-linear story line Hollywood movie ,they did it so perfectly that now i love this kind.
    It's fast pace wouldn't let you bore for one freaking second.
    People who love to see crime movies will surely adore it.
    Everything is so great which make this flick unforgettable.
  10. Dec 23, 2013
    The film starts off with a bang, and it refuses to stop. Much has been said of Reservoir Dogs, and it's certainly a film that everyone should see. Visceral, evocative, and brutally real.
  11. Dec 4, 2013
    Detailing the events of the prologues and aftermath of a failed, botched diamond heist, "Reservoir Dogs" is a classic flick that demonstrates how to create an interesting, clever story, with superb character development and an outstanding plot, while maintaining a very low budget of only $1.5 million. While some of the derogatory language could have been done away with, being that much of it was unnecessary and becoming so repetitive that the viewer could guess the frequency as to what words would be said at what times, this is the only real dagger that penetrated the plot, and made it somewhat tiresome of listening to.

    As stated above, the film portrays the aftermath and some prologues in the movie. By prologues, I mean the beginnings of their crime filled career as a "Reservoir Dog", and they came to be assigned to this mission. Without giving too much of the story away, there are only three prologues, yet they pertain to the three most important and interesting characters in the movie, those being: Mr. White, Mr. Blonde, and Mr. Orange. That's all that will be stated about the plot, but let it be noted that the prologues are, without a doubt, not only very interesting, but are also incredibly crucial to the plot that enhance the intensity of the plot and story.

    In conclusion, while this isn't one of Tarantino's most remembered movies by the average viewer, "Reservoir Dogs" is a remarkably well-written film, filled to the brim with legendary actors. On a personal level, this is Tarantino's second best, only behind the masterpiece known as "Pulp Fiction", and that's saying something. 9/10
  12. Oct 22, 2013
    As the camera circles and observes the scene, it's clear to see the talent involved in 'Reservoir Dogs', director and writer Quentin Tarantino is one of those men sitting at the table, alongside Michael Madsen, Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney and Tim Roth amongst others, they are well dressed in black suits and are having a rather crude discussion surrounding the Madonna song "Like a Virgin". These men don't know each other, but they share chemistry over coffee, but we soon learn that they have reason for being there, a jewellery story heist that we see in flashbacks, because for most of the film, we have a lot of dialogue taking place in the warehouse that was the agreed rendezvous, but you can now judge from this wording that it all goes horribly wrong, and as a few start to appear at the warehouse with various theories as to what went wrong, the most prominent of these being an informant within the pack, injuries and deaths have happened, and now they must find out what truth there is to the 'rat' business. The unfortunate shortcomings of the film lie with its characters having little intrigue or prospect about them, the plot revolves around them, but at the same time it revolves more around trying to find out what went wrong, the plot is intriguing, but not enough time is spent working up a point to each 'colour', each man being called a different one so as to protect their names, but that isn't to say the performances aren't immense, with Madsen almost stealing the show with his cold and collective attitude, each time he's about to speak is edgy because of his unpredictability and menacing demeanour. Keitel is the level headed one who looks after Roths character after he is shot. There are plenty of surprises and shocks along the way, while introductions to the characters through flashbacks intertwine well with the main arc of the warehouse, but we don't have particularly witty or mesmerising dialogue, the script relies on its characters and its conclusion of figuring out the problems of the heist. Tarantino is a proven marvel when it comes to unique filmmaking, this film was the kick off to some dark humour such as Madsens "Mr Blonde" toying with his victim as he dances to "Stealers Wheel", it funny but frightening, we have no idea what is about to happen, and Tarantino has carried on this witty and quick fire shooting that captures smaller but significant details that matter. This isn't his finest work, but here we get a crisp and sharp introduction to the technique and capabilities of Tarantino, he assembles quite the sought after cast with equally impressive performances, and a soundtrack that works well with the darkly humorous script, not as tight as it should be but still a cut above most, it talks perhaps a little too much, but never becomes boring or stale. Expand
  13. Sep 18, 2013
    Tarantino's first big movie. Already a cult classics. Perfect style, great cast (Michael Madsen is outstanding), awesome story. A must-see for everyone who loves Tarntino-style, criminal or simply good movies.
  14. Sep 15, 2013
    I'm just gonna go ahead and say it: I think this movie is better than Pulp Fiction. Unlike most of the Tarantino fans, I think this movie was a little bit better than Pulp. I just liked the story and characters more. Anyway, let me talk about THIS movie. Reservoir Dogs is a timeless classic. There are no smartphones, iPads, or laptops. Just good old fashioned killing. No spoilers, the story is about a group of men who are pulling off a bank heist. But when it goes terribly wrong, they think they have a rat working for the police in their midst. This is followed by paranoia, suspicion, and rage. (I didn't differ very much from the IMDb description, so I don't believe any spoilers were revealed.) This story is very captivating, and the actors make it that way with no-bull performances. Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, and Chris Penn were all in the early stages of their acting careers, and this movie was their big break. In fact, if Harvey Keitel hadn't agreed to produce it and star in it, it probably wouldn't have even seen the light of day; or at least it wouldn't have been as big as it is now.

    The script is very compelling and stylish. It gives a certain edge to the movie that made it better. A lot of this movie's dialogue has been quoted many times. My point- it was a very memorable movie.

    Overall, you have to see Reservoir Dogs. It is a timeless classic that defined Tarantino movies for the rest of his career.
  15. Sep 13, 2013
    Somewhat overrated. Presents itself as another Tarantino masterpiece, however just appears mediocre. Steve Buscemi and Michael Madsen had interesting and fun characters, however the rest were incredibly bland. Quentin Tarantino's character was quirky but he wasn't alive for the majority of the film. Overall, this film is just mediocre at best.
  16. Sep 13, 2013
    A fine attempt by Tarantino, but one of his weakest films. Sure, the action, cast and unique story telling style is very good. However, I didn't feel as though any of the characters actually mattered, so the ending wasn't very powerful at all. The core backbone of the story was missing, but each individual component of the film was excellent. If only these were more connected, the film would be a 9/10. Expand
  17. Aug 28, 2013
    Reservoir Dogs was an excellent debut feature from Tarantino. The script was right on the money, as was the grim but stylish violence. This classic crime movie was doomed to be copied for years and years.
  18. Aug 17, 2013
    I enjoyed Reservoir Dogs, but i found it rather slow and REALLY WANNA SEE WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED, besides that the plot was very interesting and different other all i really enjoyed the movie, and will probably have to sit down again and have another watch though, 8/10
  19. Jul 6, 2013
    The controversy of this film ups the ranking, is it a simple remake is the question on my mind; and I love that feeling of making my own choice of it, mine being its superb.
  20. Jun 18, 2013
    A classic. It's an amazing movie that speaks for itself. Great acting all around, with a good story, and makes use of making an excellent film with very little.
  21. May 31, 2013
    Certainly a very intriguing debut from Tarantino. It was a very unusual movie and is almost indescribable, but was very entertaining to watch. Tarantino did a great job turning the bad guys into incredibly sympathetic characters and all of the actors did fantastic jobs as well. Very well done.
  22. May 24, 2013
    Quentin Tarantino's debut feature paves the way for most of his future work; a complex, compelling story and a variety of characters with different motives and characteristics that manage to work well together (the quirky Mr. Pink and the psychotic Mr. Blonde) without them stealing the limelight from the other characters. Of course this a Tarantino flick though, so there's blood lots of it and even with his first film Tarantino wasn't afraid to stir up controversy (THAT scene, you know the one that makes great use of the Stealer's Wheel song), yet even with all the violence Tarantino still makes a stylish flick with classic scenes (like THAT scene (again)). Though overshadowed by his later work, this is an incredible debut from a talented director and even 20 years after its release the film still seems extraordinary. Expand
  23. Mar 20, 2013
    Reservoir Dogs This is Quentin Tarantino's first film as a director. This film contains many attributes, violence, the first scene is possibly Tarantino'd funniest scene. Even in his first film Tarantino has managed to get a great cast together. With the legendary Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth, Chris Penn, Micheal Madson. With this cast the film was only ever going to be utter perfection.The plot is possibly the most basic plot ever in a film, but still the most intelligent to come up with.
    plot: The Reservoir Dogs are planning to rob a shop, and one of them being Mr Orange (Tim Roth) is a policeman and tells the police about this master plan, Tim Roth is the "rat" in the system.
  24. Mar 13, 2013
    Quentin Tarintino creates a crime film that not only brings you in but it also creates a feel to the film about four brutal robbers and one LAPD rat.
  25. Mar 9, 2013
    Tarantino has a very strong opening to his extremely sucessful career by providing us with the powerfully written script Reservoir Dogs that will get inside your head for the rest of your life.
  26. Jan 8, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Reservoir Dogs was a hell of a movie. The acting was great and has some of the most memorable and brutal storylines of any movie. The brilliant dialogue made you engaged as well as this thrill of unknowing what's gonna happen next. However, I was a little disappointed. I thought that the movie could have been better if the characters were developed more. I could hardly put myself in their shoes and understand them as characters because I knew very little about them. The film should have more movement, rather than the whole movie being based in a warehouse. It gets to the point where the characters have been in a location for far too long and as audience I went: "well what's gonna happen next". I would have liked to see the original heist too because it adds on the entertainment and would have made the movie more enjoyable. Some bits of the movie just felt unfinished, other than that it was great movie, but it could have been an excellent one. Expand
  27. Jan 7, 2013
    This movie is why Tarentino is a phenomenon. A screenplay that explains all the intrinsic character story lines that connect in one perfect moment of momentous fury. The acting of Harvey Keitel is unappreciated, and Steve Buchemi is awesome. The script is full of conversations that show who the characters are and an awesome reveal of the ending.
  28. Dec 2, 2012
    'Reservoir Dogs' marks the debut of legendary Quentin Tarantino, who revolutionized the heist genre with this movie. Crude jokes, nearly 300 uses of the f-word in a running time of only 90 minutes and an awful lot of blood. In the Tarantino-esque manner of using as few scenes as possible, this film is focused on the dialogues. Tarantino himself describing what Madonna
  29. Dec 1, 2012
    Sam S. : Mr. Pink shoots him from under the ramp. You can see his gun withdrawn when he runs out. This movie is way better if you are extremely attentive. Notice Joe says he 'ignored his instincts' about the snitch?....remember the scene with the dog barking in the bathroom of the snitch's story..thats Joe's instincts calling him out. the noise of the hand dryer blocks it out.
  30. Nov 29, 2012
    This is your perfect example of people liking something strictly because it's different. Other than the acting, which was actually very good, everything else about the movie was mediocre. Quentin Tarantino thinks that you can simply use chaos to replace good storytelling and that's just not the case. This is a cult classic but like most of those, it's majorly overrated. Outside of the opening scene, nothing about the movie was entertaining in any way and really could've been told just as well in 20 minutes. Honestly, that's what Tarantino does. He takes a 15 minute story and fools the audience into thinking it's a halfway decent movie by using over an hour of fluff to fill out time between the constant back-and-forth of the plot. The acting and the opening scene earned the movie a 5/10. Anything more than that and people are just lying to themselves because they want to feel part of the cult following. Expand

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 100
    You may not like the terms Tarantino sets, but you have to admit he succeeds on them.
  2. 90
    The truth is that for all the controversy there really isn’t that much violence in Reservoir Dogs. The reason people were so affected was because the film shows you the true impact of its violence.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Most of the movie is Actors Acting: gifted guys (Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi, Chris Penn) running nattering riffs on familiar lout themes. [16 Nov 1992]