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4.1
27,630 Ratings

Reservoir Dogs

Directed by Quentin Tarantino
United States, 1992
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Synopsis

After a diamond heist goes horribly wrong, the surviving members of a criminal gang reunite with the suspicion that one of them is not what he seems. The debut of Quentin Tarantino, Reservoir Dogs electrified the Sundance Film Festival.

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Reservoir Dogs Directed by Quentin Tarantino

Awards & Festivals

Independent Spirit Awards

1993 | Winner: Best Supporting Male

1993 | 2 nominations including: Best First Feature

The first thing to strike a contemporary viewer, of course, is how comparatively nonviolent it is—we see a couple of shootouts, a carjacking, and a cop being beaten up, but nothing that you wouldn’t see today on an episode of “24.” To those coming to the film from the freewheeling mayhem of the director’s later work, it’s a remarkably disciplined feat of storytelling… Without an ounce of fat, at a trim ninety-nine minutes, the movie pierces like a bullet, leaving a clean hole.
October 08, 2017
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As Tarantino’s first film as both writer and director, Reservoir Dogs indicates a remarkably fully formed cinematic sensibility, for both better and worse. It’s a personally impersonal film, which is to say that Tarantino’s fetishizing of objects—coffee, sunglasses, boots, posters, guns, knives, music, movies—and intricate genre situations inadvertently reveal something specific about him, which is his deep and abiding need for these tropes and textures as comfort blankets.
May 18, 2017
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Tarantino’s revelatory gut-punch of a first feature, now 25 years old, has profoundly influenced crime movies. It established snappy dialogue on life’s banalities, 1970s nostalgia, extreme casual violence, vintage noir tribute, and foul-mouthed jokes as staples of the genre that endure to this day.
May 17, 2017
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