Kill Bill: Volume 1 Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
October 9, 2003
With Kill Bill, Tarantino has belatedly made the self-indulgent mess many expected from him years ago.
| Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 7, 2003
As a whole, Kill Bill might be an entertaining product, but, after seeing Volume 1, I was insulted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
October 9, 2003
For the first time in Tarantino's filmmaking career, the written story -- both in word and development -- proves the least interesting part of the whole equation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 7, 2008
Even more gory and adolescent than its models, which explains both the fun and the unpleasantness of this globe-trotting romp.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
October 10, 2003
Just as only NBA fanatics can justify watching the first three quarters of a game, only Tarantino fanatics will be satisfied with the first installment of Kill Bill.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeremiah Kipp
Filmcritic.com
October 9, 2003
[T]he cinematic equivalent of karaoke or bad photocopies, mindlessly adopting style while forgetting the basic precepts of storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
October 10, 2003
Embarrassingly masturbatory...
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
October 10, 2003
While the picture oozes style (and blood), it comes up short on substance - which is what has always set Tarantino's grindhouse homages head and shoulders above the pulp pictures that inform them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
October 12, 2003
Do I feel cheated by having to buy another movie ticket to see how 'Kill Bill' ends? You betcha.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 9, 2003
In the wake of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, the Matrix series, even the recent So Close, Tarantino's movie comes off as been there, kicked that.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 9, 2003
An exercise in style.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 9, 2003
Structurally and narratively amputated, Volume 1 retains head and guts but loses its heart and gams to the second installment.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 10, 2003
It boggles the mind that after six years of silence, all Tarantino has to offer is this garbage.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi
Broomfield Enterprise
November 2, 2003
Really, it seemed to me that Tarantino was merely trying to shock people into forgetting the idiocracy of what was happening on screen.
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
Volume One is, above all, a parade of fantastic fight scenes, each one bloodier than the one that came before ... bloody in the Looney-Toons/Monty-Python sense.
| Original Score: C+
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
October 8, 2003
Half-a-movie at full-price -- it's annoyingly unsatisfying. Also self-indulgent, sadistic, juvenile, pretty to look at, and empty as a beer can on my front porch.
Joshua Tanzer
Offoffoff
December 30, 2003
Quentin Tarantino makes terrible movies really, really well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 7, 2004
Kill Bill isn't human. It's cinema as cinema. Tarantino is like a hyper, too-bright child, worrying you for your attention, jumping from thought to thought in his brain
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
October 24, 2003
Six years and this is all that Quentin Tarantino can come up with?
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
October 8, 2003
Kill Bill: Volume 1 is essentially a pop culture wanker's failed multimedia experiment, a vacuous junk heap of dorky gags and riffs, violent anime and offensive slapstick.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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