Reservoir Dogs
Reservoir Dogs (1992)

In 1992, Reservoir Dogs transformed Quentin Tarantino practically overnight from an obscure, unproduced screenwriter and part-time actor to the most influential new filmmaker of the 1990s. The story looks at what happens before and after… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 21, 1992
DVD Release Date: November 5, 2002
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News

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.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine

As QT's first film as both writer and director, Reservoir Dogs indicates a remarkably fully formed cinematic sensibility.

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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker

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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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

A much-acclaimed revisionist gangster film that I found to have more style than substance.

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Anne Billson
Daily Telegraph (UK)

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.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

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.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Tarantino, in Reservoir Dogs, has made a nihilist comedy about how human nature will always undercut the best-laid plans.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews of the most impressive debut features in cinematic history.

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