Reservoir Dogs is riveting the first time you see it, and it's one of the best debuts ever. The editing is outstanding, and the viewer is granted information in-movie characters do not know, which only adds to the suspense. Classic in every way. Michael Madsen is too fly.
2.5. It has plenty of pulp to grease the wheels of its plot. The characters are as affable as a group of murderous criminals could be. And when unhinged, the form permits the story to flow fairly seamlessly. Reservoir Dogs has enough to say that it could conceivably keep the ear of the audience.
Perhaps the greatest debut film of the 90's and certainly the best written. Tarantino's knowing, sharp script is one for the ages despite its being a sum of influences. Performances are all killer with no actor dominating. First saw this at TIFF with a packed house and a record number of walk-outs, but the applause for director and cast afterwards was deafening. A film worth revisiting every so often.
(rewatch) timid and classical in comparison to the loosey-goosey tarantino i prefer ("ingorious basterds" especially), but still resonates as a decent neo-noir. not quite as lively as i remembered it, especially during the pointless "mr. white" backstory, but the notorious sequences still pack a punch. in particular, the pseudo-maternal homoeroticism between roth and kietel is as strange and deliberate as i remember.