Domino Reviews

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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 17, 2005
This is perhaps the most stylized, excessively garish piece of R-rated pop entertainment since Natural Born Killers, and you know what, I loved it.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 15, 2005
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AV Club
October 15, 2005
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 14, 2005
It's like a ferret on crystal meth that belatedly discovers ecstasy, and it's a tiresome trip either way.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
October 14, 2005
Domino is far from dull. But it doesn't convince.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 14, 2005
Buried deep within the psychedelic sludge that is Domino, there may be a story about a model turned bounty hunter. Good luck trying to find it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
October 14, 2005
A messy, fictionalized saga of femme-fatale bounty-hunter Domino Harvey.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
October 14, 2005
If for some reason you're curious about the sad life of model-turned- bounty hunter Domino Harvey, don't bother with Tony Scott's dismal Domino.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 14, 2005
Domino is less a movie than a hyperkinetic slide show -- presented during a nuclear attack.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 14, 2005
It's a goofy and bloody and assaultive all-star extravaganza and an absurd burlesque of the life of movie-star daughter/model-turned-bounty hunter Domino Harvey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
October 14, 2005
It's sad to say that an arbitrary appearance by Jerry Springer is the picture's closest brush with inspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 14, 2005
Domino is amusingly decadent for a while but eventually wears you out. Two eyeballs are not enough to see it with.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 14, 2005
The picture is an exercise in exploitation joi de vivre, and your enjoyment of it will depend on your tolerance for shameless, reckless, unredemptive violence with relatively little artistic or spiritual value.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
October 14, 2005
It airbrushes and glorifies the short, angry life of its subject in ways that are practically indecent.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
October 14, 2005
Domino is far from good, but it's mildly entertaining if you lower your standards appropriately.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
October 14, 2005
The problem with Scott's film and Keira Knightley's performance as the bounty hunter is its bored delirium, a daze of scattershot ennui that prioritizes hipster carnage and flashy cuts over intelligible storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
October 14, 2005
Scott means for his entertainment package to be hip, hysterical fun. But his stylistic embellishments and indiscriminate appetite for sensation crowds his title character right out of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 14, 2005
Domino, director Tony Scott's hyperactive, roll-in-the-mud, blow-stuff-up and jiggle the cameras every which way extravaganza, is one of the most awesomely awful films ever made.
| Original Score: D+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 14, 2005
If you are capable of sifting through this cut-up collage of freeze-frames, flashbacks, slo-mo shootouts, druggy smutty vignettes and scruffy scenarios, you could find a few morsels of exhilaration.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 14, 2005
The movie has roughly the same effect on the nervous system as listening to a box of marbles being dumped onto a linoleum floor.
| Original Score: D+
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 14, 2005
[Director Tony Scott's] pornographic lust for bloodletting, gunplay, and out-of-control camerawork far exceeds his abilities to tell a story.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
October 13, 2005
The movie plays like the work of a self-impressed film student. It's ripe with strident stylistic flourishes, harsh atmospheric cinematography and superficial roles that allow cast members to scream their heads off. Either that, or get them blown off.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Mike Clark
USA Today
October 13, 2005
You can't accuse this film of bogging down in cheap psychology, yet you come out dissatisfied and without a clue about what made this person tick.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 13, 2005
A fantasy based ever so loosely on the real-life character of the late Domino Harvey, Domino is so over-plotted that it's borderline incomprehensible.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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October 13, 2005
Manages the feat of literally spelling things out and being utterly incoherent.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
October 13, 2005
The only defense for Domino, the first-ever movie in a blender, is that director Tony Scott is pioneering a new form of cinema, in which the audience can never focus on a single object for more than a half second.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 13, 2005
Here is a movie so bad it's ... no, actually it's still bad.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
October 13, 2005
It's a movie that all but forces its bulky, twitching mass down your throat, setting off a barrage of flashing lights, jump cuts, flickering images of tawdry behavior and graphic violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 13, 2005
Tony Scott's tongue-in-check interpolation of the life and times of a privileged brat turned bounty hunter has no social value outside of a feverish will to entertain.
| Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 13, 2005
I'm sure the story of bounty-hunter Domino Harvey would make for compelling cinema if only Tony Scott had decided to film it without the masturbatory excesses that are evident in Domino.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 13, 2005
We first see L.A. bounty hunter Domino Harvey (Keira Knightley) leading the charge in a shoot-'em-up assault that will have you clutching your ears and shielding your eyes. Don't worry -- you're not missing much.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
October 13, 2005
[Director Tony] Scott and screenwriter Richard Kelly turn Domino's life upside down, mixing tiny parts fact with heaping, heaving sums of fiction. But with a real-life story like Domino's, why all the fantasy?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 13, 2005
Did I admire Domino? In a sneaky way, yes. It's fractured and maddening, but it's alive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James C. Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 13, 2005
The idea of the sprightly actress playing a kick-ass bounty hunter is certainly tantalizing; yet, sadly, the role of Domino Harvey provides little for Knightley to do but smoke cigarettes and snarl vacantly in between shootouts.
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Phil Kloer
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 13, 2005
Think of Domino not so much as an overwrought adventure movie starring Keira Knightley as a bounty hunter, and more like one of those big domino-toppling displays that David Letterman sometimes puts on his show.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 12, 2005
It's the tale of a real person in only the most abstract, opportunistic way, since what Scott has done is to pin the scandal label of 'true story' onto his most fractiously vapid action film since Beverly Hills Cop II.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
October 11, 2005
Abusively moronic enough to inspire something like pity.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 7, 2005
She deserved better.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 7, 2005
Crass yet colorful exploitation of the sad, strange life of an English beauty-turned-bounty hunter.