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17 out of 32 people found the following review useful:

should have been a theatre play

Author: Jovan Milosevic ( from Waterloo, Canada
13 December 1998

It is extremely difficult to make a good movie when almost the entire script happens in the same room within a few hours. In fact, at the moment, I can't think of any movie that has accomplished that. Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs" certainly hasn't.

"Reservoir Dogs" could have been an excellent theatre play. In fact, it IS an excellent theatre play that was taped and sold to us as a movie. It is sad that we are so preoccupied with movies that a script like this has to be wasted on one.

Making matters worse is the violence. Tarantino often uses it in his movies to get attention, and this time takes it too far. "Pulp Fiction's" violence was milder and stood out less from the rest of the story, but "Reservoir Dogs" goes way over the top. It is very difficult to offend me with violence yet Tarantino does just that.

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20 out of 38 people found the following review useful:

Sorry, but this is a overrated movie !!!

Author: hven from Netherlands
8 September 2003

First, I love Tarantino, because he is able (as a director) to follow his own unique style and made a very good movie like Pulp Fiction. But when making Reservoir Dogs, he was (in my opinion) maybe just searching for the borders of what other directors did not dare to do. A movie as RD with (just) a strong focus on violence is not enough for me to give it a high rating. Of course the acting and directing was very good, but I was missing a real strong script. And thats why I could not enjoy this movie and was just very disappointed because my expectations were very high (also based on the high rating on IMDB). So, when you not only like violence, but also care about a good script (story) than you also want to watch the Mob-movies of Martin Scorsese like Good fellas and Casino.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Simplicity and Style

Author: Kimberly Montour from Canada
15 October 2014

This is easily one of my favourite movies of all time. Quentin Tarantino has always had a knack for writing great dialogue in his movies, which spend less time dazzling you with explosions and hot actors and more time pulling you in with unique story lines and entertaining discussions that's not to say he hasn't had his fair share of adding flair to his films but I've always felt the focus was more on his characters and what they have to say as opposed to what they were doing. Reservoir Dogs is easily one of his best films, there is a certain sense of simplicity to the scenes, the writing is flawless and the characters are entertaining.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Reservoir Dogs - great independent film

Author: nmcgraw123
11 October 2014

The master piece that is "Reservoir Dogs" is hands down one of the most underrated movies in history. The independent film was directed by Quentin Tarantino, the genius behind "Pulp Fiction", the "Kill Bill" series, and "Django Unchained". Running at an hour and a half, every minute is filled with blood, violence, and foul language. Three factors that would go on to define Tarantino as a director. The movie revolves around six strangers who come together to perform a heist on a diamond store. Unfortunately the heist goes bad and leads the six men to figure out who among them is an undercover police officer. The film has received many great reviews (IMDB=8.4 / Rotten Tomatoes=8.8) such as Empire magazine calling it the "Greatest Independent Film ever made". Since it was an independent movie it only managed to produce $2,812,029 in box office sales. This falls way below the amounts seen on the All-time Box office earnings list. This statistic is not surprising but it does prove that independent movies should be taken seriously and that box office revenue is not a suitable way to measure a films quality.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Great movie!!

Author: elle Kutaladze from Georgia
13 September 2014

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Tarantino's movies never goes as it was planned, as usually accidental moment engineers the hole film. At this time everything changed the woman, who accidentally had a pistol in her car, so she shot a policeman and everything started. As we know this film is one of the first movies of Quentin Tarantino's work and i think he said a new word in the history of cinematography, because this movie is about spoliation and there is no scene of spoliation, movie is a crime and was filmed in one room, characters are gangsters and their names are Mr. pink, Mr. White, Mr. orange, Mr. Brown and Mr. Brown. For these innovations i think this movie deserves 9 from 10.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Reservoir Dogs - Rugged, raw and riotous

Author: bowmanblue from United Kingdom
5 August 2014

Somewhere along the way, opinions on Quentin Tarantino have become divided - some still loving his work, others calling it bloated and unnecessarily inflated. However, those are two criticisms that cannot be levelled at his first (major) film, Reservoir Dogs. It's the very definition of 'minimalist,' focusing on the aftermath of a bank robbery gone wrong and it's shot (in some places) in 'real time.' The story is simple: a gang of bank robbers thinks that one of their number is a 'rat' and has tipped off the police. How do they deal with this? Watch the film and find out.

It's hard to choose a 'stand-out' performance among so many great actors. Everyone from the stoic Harvey Keitel, to the psychotic Michael Madsen plays their roles to perfection (and let's not leave out Tim Roth and Steve Buscemi).

Basically, if you like gangster or crime films then you probably should have already seen it. However, even if you're not a fan of the genre and simply enjoy cinema then this one is worth a watch because it is very arty in its approach and the performances alone should make up for the fact that some may consider it to be a little over the top on the violence (not to mention explicit language).

Tarantino's next film, Pulp Fiction, may have been cleverer and more stylish, but Reservoir Dogs has all the raw appeal of a real cult classic that will definitely stand the test of time.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

opera prime perfecta DE Quentin Tarantino

Author: joaco10038 from Chile
1 July 2013

perfect debut of Quentin Tarantino A masterpiece! to be the debut of Tarantino is one of his best films I can even say it's my favorite of Tarantino. What I like of this film is how the story (so that part of Tarantino films) and friendship made ​​between Mr. Orange and Mr. White.

Any normal director would have shown the scene of the robbery but Tarantino does not show, we know before the robbery and after the robbery but we never see the Rob.Dando A new way of seeing the movie which according to my personal opinion keeps you very more curious of what will happen and why these much more attentive to the plot of the movie and the soundtrack is perfect nothing to say like all the soundtracks of the films of Tarantino, then of all cinema without film music is not serious.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Defines Tarantino as a Filmmaker

Author: Anthony Iessi
21 February 2013

Reservoir Dogs was Quentin Tarantino's first motion picture. But even as early as his first try, you can see every element that defines Tarantino as the unmatched filmmaking legend that he is revered as. It just might be the greatest indie film of all time. No budget, no SFX, no big sets and no wide distribution. But the amount of emotion, humor, sadism and reality that this film conveys is more extraordinary than any big name blockbuster. The plot of the film is brief, but it works. It's about a well organized heist that goes terribly wrong. Truth is, there is a rat in the whole operation, but who? With that in place, Tarantino takes us beyond what is said on paper and retraces the steps it took these men to get to the predicament they are in now. We see the back stories of Mr. White, Mr. Blonde and Mr. Orange, all without ever meaning to place them in the middle of the conflict. Its a movie that only the viewer can interpret, and the important facts are placed at the forefront to help come to a conclusion. This information works in favor of the main narrative. Some have complained about not hearing the origins of Mr. Pink, Mr. Brown, Mr. Blue, Nice Guy Eddie and Joe Cabot. I agree. Perhaps more clarification of their purposes might have enhanced the narrative. Perhaps it would have answered the obvious question, What was the point of this whole operation? I'm sure Quentin would have made the film twice as long and incorporated all of their stories had he made the film today. Needless to say, It does not take away from the experience. In fact, the mysteriousness makes it even more entertaining. Also, Reservoir Dogs will always fall under the controversy of being too violent for mainstream audiences, as well as being highly unnecessary. Well, I disagree. Violence is the name of the game in the life of being a Dog. If that means chopping off an ear while dancing to K-Billy's Super Sounds of the Seventies, then why not? Reservoir Dogs doesn't exist to share a moral. Rather, it shows to us just how something so right can go so wrong. Even if the right was wrong in the first place. Reservoir Dogs is the precursor to the rest of Tarantino's career, and to get started watching the long journey of his success, make sure you pop in this amazing flick first.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Tarantino's best work ever

Author: T Cady from United States
24 September 2012

This was and is, by far, Quentin Tarantino's best work ever. I could care less about Pulp Fiction, that was a decent movie that did well commercially but this one is his crowning achievement.

This movie is well arranged. The Dialogue IS the movie. You can sit and turn the picture off on this one and the audio itself tells the story. The Music is absolutely great and well chosen. The acting was not extremely great, but that itself was also a masterstroke. The budget was small, the sets almost non existent, yet Tarantino created a wonderful piece of film making art, and assembled a cast worth watching. There was plenty of dark comedy mixed with the signature violence and blood that always accompanies Tarantino.

The Characters have no names and are introduced only as colors, and that is one of the best scenes of this movie. It is a perfect blend of comedy, violence, crime, character development, plot, all told in a unique and intriguing way.

Tarantino will probably never make a movie as well as this one again. He now basks in his own cult following and his love of bad B horror of the 1970's, and seems content in giving us horrible movies, bringing back a genre that nobody ever wanted to see (except really crazy people that rarely get out of their own basements) and there was a reason Hollywood stopped making.

I say celebrate this one outstanding movie and remember Quentin when he used to be a decent film maker.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

A great example of good Noir Cinema

Author: psagray from Spain
6 February 2012

"Reservoir Dogs" is simply magnificent. Filmed almost all the time in a warehouse, where the strength is a failed heist that does not even appear. A thriller that traps with their dialogues, mythical scenes (from the talk of the cafeteria to "stuck in the middle with you"), Tarantino shows that it is able to do with a couple of good ideas, because just about any other director would have done a seedy film with many scenes to simply put more shootings. Then there are the flashbacks, which are telling the story so that the viewer does not know what's even necessary. The music is also great, especially the issue of principle and "stuck in the middle with you". The actors, the best of the independent scene of the 90, especially Buscemi, Roth and Keitel, and of course, Tarantino

It is a film without many resources, but which need more, achieved a great stage, in addition to publicize the current "enfant terrible" of Hollywood.

In short, a great example of good cinema black (with all its ingredients: gunfights, violence, betrayal, suspense…., But with the very personal and innovative touch of the great director, who later would dazzle with the wonderful "Pulp Fiction ".

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