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Reservoir Dogs (1992)

DVD Cover (Lions Gate Special Edition)
Genres:
Crime, Crime Thriller, Ensemble Film, Gangster Film
Director:
Quentin Tarantino Quentin Tarantino
Starring:
Harvey Keitel Harvey Keitel
Tim Roth Tim Roth
Michael Madsen Michael Madsen
Chris Penn Chris Penn
Steve Buscemi Steve Buscemi

8.2 / 10 - 64 votes

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Review by Chad
Added: April 06, 2004
Our opening scene puts us in a restaurant, listening to the boys chat about Madonna's song "Like A Virgin", and discussing the pro's and con's of tipping the waitress. Pretty nice opener, although I'm sure it doesn't sound it. Credits roll (I hate movies that show a half hour of credits in the beginning, but eh), and our movie starts. Seems the gang has pulled off a huge diamond theft, and Mr. Orange has been near-fatally shot in the process. Mr. White is trying to get him some medical attention, but to no avail. He takes him up to their warehouse hideout, and tries to figure out what to do. The rest of the gang starts to show up, and Mr. Pink brings up the idea that there could be a snitch amongst them. Paranoia sets in as they try to figure out if there really is one, and if so, whom it is.

Great movie by ol' Quentin. As seems to be popular with him, this movie has the tried-and-true mixing up of the scenes; so the opening scene is really around the middle of the movie in regards to the storyline, some of the final scenes are really the beginning of the story, etc. If you've seen the ever-popular "Pulp Fiction", you'll know what I mean. Pretty interesting how it all works out, in my opinion. And suprisingly, it kept me interested from beginning to end; not once did I check to see how long the movie had been playing to figure up how much longer until the credits would be rolling.

The storyline given to us was done very nicely; nothing overly original, but the way it was executed was very nice. Quentin has a knack for taking some of the most ordinary actions and making them into a classic scene; ie, the discussion on tipping the waitress. On paper, it'd probably look quite lame, but it was made into a great scene. Some of the credit for that has to go to the actors, obviously. And again, very nicely done on that side of things. Everyone involved had their place in the flow of the movie, and everyone played their role out to perfection.

Since there's lots of shootings taking place, there should be some great effects, correct? Check in that box. There wasn't a kill-a-minute, but when deaths were needed, it came out excellently. The best part, effects-wise, was definitely the ear that was cut off. Very realistic looking there, and a nice touch.

Overall, great movie from Quentin. If you enjoyed his other work, don't forget about this one. 10/10.
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Crispy #1: Crispy - added 09/23/2004, 06:01 AM
Yeah, this is where the two soundbytes on Fun Loving Criminals "Scooby Snacks" come. "Are you cool? *CRASH* Yeah i'm cool" and "I dont know about any setup you can torture me all you want. Torture you? Thats a good idea I like that."
marshallbehre #2: marshallbehre - added 12/16/2004, 06:02 AM
This is my favorite movie of all time. Tarantino, as good as he is, will never make another movie as good as this.
Bluesummers #3: Bluesummers - added 05/10/2005, 05:37 AM
So. Quentin Tarantino. A kooky little man, to say the least. Brilliant, too, don't forget that.

He broke into the scene with this one, so to speak. There's no way in HELL I could complain about anything about this flick. It's actually pretty much not original at all, plot-wise. Execution-wise, though. Oooh boy, you bet it's something different.

Either way. If you want one of the scariest, yet most enjoyable scenes of all time put to celluloid (and you know which one I'm talking about), this is it.
Edd #4: Edd - added 08/02/2005, 11:57 AM
Most excellent movie. The ending could have been retooled and some questions remained at the end, but a killer soundtrack, insanely great acting, and an awesome storyline keep this movie in my top 20.
Ginose #5: Ginose - added 09/07/2005, 02:52 PM
This is my 3rd favorite movie ever! Following only Ichi the Killer and Puppet Master 3... It's so confusing at first but in the end, it all makes sense... very original and I love the ending. EVERYONE DIES!
Tha twas alittle ironic.
. #6: . - added 09/13/2005, 09:02 PM
One of my fave films by Tarantino.
Dametria #7: Dametria - added 04/24/2007, 08:07 PM
Love this movie...I have the Mr Pink edition (Yea Bucemi!)
Greg Follender #8: Greg Follender - added 12/20/2008, 01:56 AM
Great movie... but I must admit that for all it's retro stylings, I liked it better the first time... when it was called "City on Fire" and starred the inimitable Chow Young Fat.

Sure... there are many stylistic differences... but at it's heart, all the best moments are lifted from Ringo Lam's earlier effort.
Griffinheart #9: Griffinheart - added 10/24/2009, 02:37 PM
Either you like this kind of movie, or you don't. It was definitely well done, so, if you've liked any thing else by Quentin, you'll love this. It wasn't for me though. 7/10
Lucid Dreams #10: Lucid Dreams - added 12/01/2010, 04:21 AM
Loved it from start to finish and I made my emblem on COD Black Ops after these guys. 10/10
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