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Kill Bill: Volume 1 Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

With Kill Bill, Tarantino has belatedly made the self-indulgent mess many expected from him years ago.

| Original Score: 3/5

October 9, 2003
James Berardinelli
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As a whole, Kill Bill might be an entertaining product, but, after seeing Volume 1, I was insulted.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 7, 2003
Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

October 9, 2003
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Even more gory and adolescent than its models, which explains both the fun and the unpleasantness of this globe-trotting romp.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 7, 2008
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

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

October 10, 2003
Jeremiah Kipp

[T]he cinematic equivalent of karaoke or bad photocopies, mindlessly adopting style while forgetting the basic precepts of storytelling.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1/5

October 9, 2003
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Embarrassingly masturbatory...

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

October 10, 2003
Rob Blackwelder

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 Source: SPLICEDWire | Original Score: 2/4

October 10, 2003
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Do I feel cheated by having to buy another movie ticket to see how 'Kill Bill' ends? You betcha.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

October 12, 2003
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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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 Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C

October 9, 2003
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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An exercise in style.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

October 9, 2003
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Structurally and narratively amputated, Volume 1 retains head and guts but loses its heart and gams to the second installment.

| Original Score: 2/4

October 9, 2003
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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It boggles the mind that after six years of silence, all Tarantino has to offer is this garbage.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

October 10, 2003
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi
Broomfield Enterprise

Really, it seemed to me that Tarantino was merely trying to shock people into forgetting the idiocracy of what was happening on screen.

Full Review

November 2, 2003
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

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+

January 15, 2005
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

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.

October 8, 2003
Joshua Tanzer

Quentin Tarantino makes terrible movies really, really well.

Full Review Source: Offoffoff | Original Score: 2/4

December 30, 2003
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

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 Source: F5 (Wichita, KS) | Original Score: 2/5

July 7, 2004
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald

Six years and this is all that Quentin Tarantino can come up with?

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald

October 24, 2003
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 8, 2003
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