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Reservoir Dogs Shock Rating

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Shock Rating


This movie is not for the faint of heart. There's not exactly more violence compared to your typical action thriller, but there is still plenty to go around between the torture scene where an ear is sliced off and the mass shooting at the end. What's shocking about Tarantino's violence is its realism. Sometimes people take a long time to bleed to death, and we see every minute of it.

No need to worry about sex/nudity or drugs/alcohol, but there's racist, misogynistic (woman-hating) talk. The profanity is off the charts (actually, there are so many F-bombs it made it on the charts; check out our "Brain Snacks" section). It's got more than just the 'F' words. There's a choice selection of just about every profanity in the book, so if crude language makes you uncomfortable, stay away from Reservoir Dogs.

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