Reservoir Dogs

Movie review by
David Gurney, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Raw and bloody. For adults.
  • R
  • 1992
  • 100 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 27 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 65 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Most characters are unrepentant jewel thieves.


Gunfights, bleeding wounds, sadistic torture.


Almost every line of dialogue is peppered with obscenities. Sexual joking and sexually-based insults traded by characters.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters smoking tobacco and drink. A character smuggles a suitcase of drugs past police.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a film that focuses on a group of jewel thieves in the aftermath of a botched robbery. The dialogue features a constant stream of obscenities as the characters verbally spar with each other. Copious amounts of blood are featured throughout the entire film as a character is shown bleeding to death. Another character is tortured by being tied to a chair, having his ear cut off with a knife, and having gasoline poured over him with the intention of setting him on fire. The final shootout among the thieves is tense, emotional, and bloody.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byGraduateReviews May 17, 2018

Reservoir Dogs is pure 90's Tarantino... which should speak for itself.

Quentin Tarantino is widely regarded as one of the greatest directors of all time (even though his portfolio only contains eight films). His movies have gained... Continue reading
Adult Written byDixieN November 17, 2019

PLS READ all parents

I let my 12 year old son watch this and we had a ball.
We skipped the torture seen but other than that we absolutely Loved this movie. It’s fine for 12 IF they... Continue reading
Written byAnonymous August 17, 2019

Very good movie with great dialogue

Not as much violence and swearing as people say. There is some blood and some smoking but that's it.
Teen, 13 years old Written bycerealkiller189 December 11, 2011

Great movie!

Best of the Tarantino films!saw it when I was 9!not that bad and language is ok if your kids don't learn it and use it in school.worse things happen in rea... Continue reading

What's the story?

RESERVOIR DOGS is the film that put Quentin Tarantino into the cinematic spotlight. Not only did he write and direct the film, but he is also featured in the role of Mr. Brown, one of a seven-member group of jewel thieves. His trademarks of amplified violence and vulgar dialogue are in full force, as are the flurry of obscure to not-so-obscure pop culture references woven into the dialogue. Cleverly, and famously, the heist is never actually shown, and in truth, the crime itself is not the point. The presence of an undercover cop amongst the thieves exists as the dramatic crux of the film.

Is it any good?

Resevoir Dogs ranks as one of the finest, and most gut-wrenching, crime dramas ever, but is certainly not for the faint of heart. Even at this early stage in his career, Tarantino does expertly builds tension, interweaving scenes of the aftermath of the thieves' foiled heist with scenes depicting them getting ready for the heist.

The film also features great performances from a knockout cast including Steve Buscemi, Harvey Keitel, and Tim Roth.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence and language here. Would the story have been as powerful if it had been less explicit? Do you think the mature material makes it more appealing to younger audiences?

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