Reservoir Dogs: Every Character & Performance Ranked

"Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am, stuck in the middle with you."

Reservoir Dogs
Miramax Pictures

Currently in the middle of a fantastic theatre run, Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood has created an exciting time for fans of the filmmaker. It has allowed for massive excitement and intrigue while offering a reason to work through the writer/director's filmography.

Kicking off said filmography is Tarantino's independent feature length directorial debut from 1992 - crime classic Reservoir Dogs. While its position in cinema is assured, it seems to be somewhat overlooked next to his other more glossy works and that requires readjustment.

While it is by no means perfect, the film is fantastic and is one of the greatest independent films and also one of the best directorial debuts of all time. And crucially, it depends on its characters and the performances behind them to really sell the story.

But which is best?

9. Mr. Blue - Edward Bunker

Reservoir Dogs

There is not much to say about the ‘Mr. Blue’ assigned character played by Edward Bunker. He's basically limited to a line of dialogue as a foil to Mr. Pink’s tip speech and then disappears. Couple that with a death we know nothing about until the end of the film and it easily puts Mr. Blue bottom of the list.

While there is an element of intrigue in the character as we see Mr. Pink and Mr. White early in the movie try and figure out what happened to Mr. Brown and Bunker’s Mr Blue, the reveal that he simply was killed by a cop off screen, with only a couple of on screen scenes, makes that limited intrigue null and void.


Rhys McGinley has contributed 8 posts since joining in April 2019.