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Reviews: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

sin_city_a_dame_to_kill_forReviews for this film from our members:

  • Beth Accomando @ KPBS Cinema Junkie
    • Excerpt: In a sense, the film is much like Ava. I know it’s bad (or at least flawed) and yet I can’t help being seduced by it. The black and white with flashes of color is intoxicating, and now and then the clipped hardboiled dialogue sounds like poetry, but the parts are better than the whole.
  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
  • Mario Alegre @ Primera Hora [Spanish]
  • [New – 4/30/15] | Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ is, side by side, pretty much as good and as bad as the original, and it has most of the same problems. It’s all style and no substance, and said style springs from mere quotation of half-heard noir tropes — trafficking in clichés, rather than putting a spin on them.
  • Nicholas Bell @
    • Excerpt: there’s one camp performance in particular that’s powerful enough to warrant the entire tent.
  • William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline
    • Excerpt: The stories are obviously sad but the storytelling is obviously fun, and yet they work at odds with each other instead of striking a meaningful contrast to present a valid point. Unless the point is to say that the audience is just as vile Sin City’s villains and victims for taking pleasure in of all this mayhem, but even then, whose fault is that?
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: more of a pictorial companion piece to a graphic novel than a movie, leading one to wonder why Miller doesn’t just employ Rodriguez as a photographic panel artist – all we’d be missing is Green’s gravelly purr.
  • Andy Crump @ Paste Magazine
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: …a very expertly realized paean to a gritty kind of bygone glamour film blessed with a watershed performance by the talented Eva Green.
  • Jim Dixon @
    • Excerpt: There is nothing wholesome about “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” but this is a triumph of style over substance that gloriously captures the sick, seductive beauty of the gutter, blood and a whore’s lipstick reflected the same color on rain-slick streets.
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [E]ven though Sin City: A Dame to Kill For isn’t as effective as its predecessor, it is still a worthy trip to a brutal and exciting world.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Visually stunning but emotionally lifeless…
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ [Ukrainian]
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: So utterly bereft of substance, as to offend the basic requirements of storytelling. It perverts the very idea of entertainment.
  • Travis Hopson @ Examiner
    • Excerpt: Sin City was such a game-changer that it’s disappointing Rodriguez doesn’t try to break new ground with Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: An unnecessary sequel that’s empty and arduous, little more than vignettes on vengeance and cruel parades of sociopathic power performed as gleefully ultraviolent shadowplays.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: The story lines are a notch below the original, but the dialogue is just as ripe.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is a jumbled but still enjoyable followup that, for most moviegoers, arrives on the scene too late.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Take away the style and what do we really have? Gratuitous female nudity, leaden blows to the head, and so many decapitations that you will lose track, yes, but that’s why the first “Sin City” exists.
  • Piers Marchant @ sweet smell of success
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: It’s a sin…
  • Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
    • Excerpt: Sin City is by no means a place you’d wish to book a family holiday, but 102 minutes immersed in this melancholic world does just the trick.
  • Jason Pirodsky @
    • Excerpt: Miler and co-director Robert Rodriguez have perfectly captured the style of the comics, but they’ve done so at the cost of the tone: these look exactly like the comics, but they just don’t feel like them.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk
    • Excerpt: My bafflement over the sneers and the jeers for A Dame to Kill For has only grown now that I have finally seen it. While certainly the runtier sibling to the 2005 outing, it’s a perfectly entertaining movie, maintaining the essence of what made the first Sin City such a hit, displaying the same stark and pulpy style that made Miller a singular voice on the page and that Rodriguez managed to translate to cinema.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: The problem with the sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is that it offers almost nothing new. It repeats the tone and broken narrative of the original without that film’s energy. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the visual trickery but when you try to give a rip about anything else, the movie – at about 2 hours – wears out its welcome around the 45 minute mark. Like the original, this film is a series of stories both in short and long form, but this time they’re hard to care about.
  • Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies
    • Excerpt: …this 2014 followup does such a good job recreating the look and feel of the surprise 2005 hit, right down to renovating the rapidly aging faces of Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis to the point where they’re indistinguishable from their decade-younger selves, that you could edit the stories from ‘A Dame to Kill For’ into the original ‘Sin City’ and never notice the difference.
  • Cole Smithey @
    • Excerpt: Oozing with more hard-boiled wit than a dozen Dashiell Hammett novels and more visually compelling than every comic book movie Hollywood has put out in the past three years combined, “Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” is an action-packed feast.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: For this viewer, once around the block was more than enough for Rodriguez’s vacuous explosion of comic-book flamboyance, extremely scantily-dressed females, ludicrously hardboiled dialogue and ultra-pulpish mayhem
  • Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: The film cribs slavishly from the aesthetic and compositions of Miller’s comics, but it nonetheless feels gleefully cinematic.
Updated: July 7, 2015 — 4:43 pm

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