100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A brutal movie, brutal in all the right ways -- brutally stark, brutally funny, brutally brutal. [30 Oct 1992]
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100

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Reservoir Dogs sizzles - it's dynamite on a short fuse, and you watch it with mesmerized fascination, simultaneously attracted and repelled by the explosion you know will come.
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100

Empire

The hippest crime flick this side of "Goodfellas," Reservoir Dogs has all the hallmarks of a modern classic.
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100

ReelViews

By 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

Entertainment Weekly

By Ty Burr
You may not like the terms Tarantino sets, but you have to admit he succeeds on them.
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Too lingeringly creepy to ignore. [23 Oct 1992]
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63

Chicago Tribune

By 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]
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By 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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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
I must report that Reservoir Dogs has little of intelligence to say - except for a few implicit comments on the nature of loyalty and betrayal - and that it's violent to the ponit of sadism. [5 Oct 1992]
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40

Wall Street Journal

By 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)]
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78 out of 100
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