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Reservoir Dogs Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Grabs you by the throat and digs its claws in deep. From the moment that the unwitting viewer tumbles into the realm of Lawrence Tierney's gang of eight, they are hopelessly trapped there until the final credits roll.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Ty Burr

    You may not like the terms Tarantino sets, but you have to admit he succeeds on them.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Julie Salamon

    The only thing Mr. Tarantino spells out is the violence. I have seen much more blood spilled, yet I felt sickened by the coldness of this picture's visual cruelty. [29 Oct 1992, p.A11(E)]

  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The part that needs work didn't cost money. It's the screenplay. Having created the characters and fashioned the outline, Tarantino doesn't do much with his characters except to let them talk too much, especially when they should be unconscious from shock and loss of blood.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Gene Siskel

    Tarantino's debut directing job acknowledges the sloppiness and silences that are typically squeezed out of most crime films, but we get the point early on and the remainder is macho posturing. [23 Oct 1992]

  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Too lingeringly creepy to ignore. [23 Oct 1992]

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Raw and bloody. For adults.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a film that focuses on a group of jewel thieves in the aftermath of a botched robbery. The dialogue features a constant stream of obscenities as the characters verbally spar with each other. Copious amounts of blood are featured throughout the entire film as a character is shown bleeding to death. Another character is tortured by being tied to a chair, having his ear cut off with a knife, and having gasoline poured over him with the intention of setting him on fire. The final shootout among the thieves is tense, emotional, and bloody.

  • Families can talk about the violence and language here. Would the story have been as powerful if it had been less explicit? Do you think the mature material makes it more appealing to younger audiences?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Most characters are unrepentant jewel thieves.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Gunfights, bleeding wounds, sadistic torture.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Not an issue

  • language false5

    Language: Almost every line of dialogue is peppered with obscenities. Sexual joking and sexually-based insults traded by characters.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters smoking tobacco and drink. A character smuggles a suitcase of drugs past police.