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4/27/2018 by Jay CarrAnd while Tarantino never quite succeeds in putting around each character the sense of isolation that marks the best noirs, he carries off this exercise in lively fashion. It's more purple than noir, but it's got juice.
New York Daily News
1/21/2016 by Kathleen CarrollThe 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.
6/26/2013 by Terrence RaffertyThe film, for all its mayhem and fury, is too distant to be truly disturbing; it treats everything with an impatient, born-too-late shrug.
6/26/2013 by Jay BoyarA 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.
Los Angeles Times
6/26/2013 by Kenneth TuranTarantino'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.
6/26/2013 by Gene SiskelA much-acclaimed revisionist gangster film that I found to have more style than substance.
9/7/2011 by Owen GleibermanTarantino, in Reservoir Dogs, has made a nihilist comedy about how human nature will always undercut the best-laid plans.
3/31/2008 by David AnsenReservoir Dogs is a bad boy's movie, show-offy and more than a little decadent. Its saving grace, and its limitation, is in its cool cartoonishness. It never invites any real emotional identification with these crooks.
3/13/2007 by Todd McCarthyUndeniably 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.
3/13/2007 by Jonathan RosenbaumIt'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.
Globe and Mail
3/13/2007 by Rick GroenIt's dynamite on a short fuse.
2/27/2007 by Ty BurrYou may not like the terms Tarantino sets, but you have to admit he succeeds on them.
2/9/2006 by Wally HammondA tour de force.
New York Times
5/20/2003 by Vincent CanbyA small, modestly budgeted crime movie of sometimes dazzling cinematic pyrotechnics and over-the- top dramatic energy.
10/15/2002 by Duane ByrgeThose who survive it emerge in a shell-shocked euphoria -- so good and so blunt is the writing.
1/1/2000 by John HartlIt'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.
1/1/2000 by James BerardinelliThe writing is crisp and clean, providing line after line of snappy dialogue designed to leave the viewer alternately pondering and laughing aloud.
1/1/2000 by Roger EbertThe movie feels like it's going to be terrific, but Tarantino's script doesn't have much curiosity about these guys.
1/1/2000 by Hal HinsonIt's brutal, it's funny and you won't forget it.
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