8 Problems With Reservoir Dogs Nobody Wants To Admit

All these years later, is Tarantino's debut flick all it's cracked up to be?

There's no denying that Reservoir Dogs is a hugely important and influential film; after hitting the big time when it was first released back in '92 by a then-unknown filmmaker by the name of Quentin Tarantino, it paved the way for a new era of independent films and changed Hollywood forever. One critic, Jami Bernard, even compared it to the iconic 1895 picture Arrival of the Mail Train, claiming that "people just weren't ready for it." Filmmakers started making different kinds of motion pictures after Reservoir Dogs came onto the scene; low-budget, auteur-driven flicks began to spring up everywhere, not to mention countless copycat pictures packed with irreverent dialogue, scenes of people talking about nothing, non-linear narratives and sudden moments of unexpected ultra violence - not least of all in Tarantino's epic follow-up, Pulp Fiction, in 1994. Often hailed as the "greatest independent film of all-time," Reservoir Dogs cannot be underestimated as an important cinematic milestone. That said (and despite what its most passionate fans might have you believe), it's not perfect. In fact, one could certainly argue that there's a fair amount wrong with Tarantino's debut - even if folk are afraid to admit it...

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Sam Hill is an ardent cinephile and has been writing about film professionally since 2008. He harbours a particular fondness for western and sci-fi movies.

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