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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 151
Fresh: 69 | Rotten: 82

A Dame to Kill For boasts the same stylish violence and striking visual palette as the original Sin City, but lacks its predecessor's brutal impact.

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Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 29

A Dame to Kill For boasts the same stylish violence and striking visual palette as the original Sin City, but lacks its predecessor's brutal impact.

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Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller's visually stunning "Sin City" graphic novels back to the screen in SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR. Weaving together two of Miller's classic stories with new tales, the town's most hard boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more notorious inhabitants. SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR is the follow up to Rodriguez and Miller's 2005 groundbreaking film, FRANK MILLER'S SIN CITY. (c) Dimension Films

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Reviewers were forbidden from posting a word about this sequel until opening day, lest we give away the shocking secret that it's a carbon copy of its predecessor.

August 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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There are a handful of ways in which A Dame to Kill For actually improves on the first movie. Alas, none are enough to prevent it from being a substantial disappointment.

August 22, 2014 Full Review Source: The Atlantic
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A Dame To Kill For isn't likely to create converts out of those uninterested in the pulpy side of fiction. But it more than earns its keep in terms of lavishing love, mildly ironic as well as pretty damn earnest, on pumped-up noir.

August 22, 2014 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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Miller's original comic-book frames serve narrative functions, but these movies are all grabby graphics, devoid of compelling style.

August 22, 2014 Full Review Source: Orange County Register
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You don't expect to be exhausted by reams of soul-sick narration and artful chiaroscuro compositions, but that's what happens.

August 22, 2014 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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For those who appreciated Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's 2005 campy, kinetic film noir homage, Sin City, the 2014 follow-up, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is unlikely to disappoint.

August 22, 2014 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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While it's not the mind-blowing event that the first film was, there's still enjoyment to be had, and Eva Green makes anything she stars in a must see.

September 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Neon Maniacs
Neon Maniacs

The mood is dry as gunpowder - and as explosive

September 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The stylistic brilliance of the Sin City sequel is much the same as its forerunner in 2005 - an explosive interpretation of Frank Miller's graphic novels in which dames are curvaceous temptresses and men are killing machines at the ready

September 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Becomes full-on parody without even necessarily recognizing it.

September 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

Coalesce[s] into a sort of indistinguishable mushiness in Rodriguez and Miller's flabby directorial hands.

September 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

If Sin City was a hard-on of sex and violence told in an eye popping world of gritty nourish delights, than Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is its impotent follow up.

September 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

No snappy lines; melodrama and vicious violence prevail. Less a pastiche of noir than a hyper-sado-macho parody. There's a scuzzy sense of pointlessness throughout as this noir caricature-slicked franchise goes through its animotions.

September 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

The movie is a more joyless affair than all this suggests. Had you never seen a film noir, nor read any Raymond Chandler or Mickey Spillane, you would not guess from watching this picture that the genre was known for whiskey-dry wit.

September 4, 2014 Full Review Source: New Statesman
New Statesman

On the whole this is an impressive, complementary second trip.

September 4, 2014 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

Every frame is some kind of digital marvel, yet the most impressive sights are old school: the blunt-instrument fearsomeness of Mickey Rourke's Frankensteinian prosthetic face and the dangerous curves of femme fatale Eva Green's often undraped body.

September 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The paradox of the movie's aesthetic is that it strips the environment of the very thing required to sustain it: grit.

September 4, 2014 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray
The Ooh Tray

This sequel has girth. The filmmakers got the magnificent unclothed Eva Green as cinema's deadliest femme fatale but Jessica Alba gets star billing?

September 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Informer
Las Vegas Informer

This is one of those sequels that is probably a better film when absorbed within the frame of reference of its predecessor.

September 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
Cinemaphile.org

The motifs and the voiceovers may be noir-inspired, but Miller has pumped up the genre's violence until its nuances disappear.

September 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Seven Days
Seven Days

The sordid sagas on display here are by and large a feeble bunch, further hampered by atrocious continuity errors that suggest Rodriguez and Miller didn't even have any recollections of making a Sin City flick before this one.

August 29, 2014 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

The latest Sin City is a major let-down after the brilliance of the original film in 2005.

August 29, 2014 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

despite all the chronological leaps and intersecting storylines, there is something a little shapeless about these four episodes from Miller's graphic novels, with the closing credits suddenly rolling at what seems an entirely arbitrary point.

August 29, 2014 Full Review Source: Grolsch Film Works
Grolsch Film Works

With the element of originality gone, this trip to Sin City just ain't as gripping as the first. But you gotta admire its style.

August 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

No, it's not as good as the original, but this still finds Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez doing their best to make a worthy follow-up, and they come surprisingly close.

August 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Not without its flaws (mostly surrounding some extremely dated noir pacing) "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" at the very least is better than people are giving it credit for and if you ask me, better than its predecessor; a film which I remembered solely because of its visuals.
Admittedly I was quite bored with Miller's initial set up, finding the introductions of each character mostly style and little substance. But then, as the stories began to ingeniously intersect and the central theme of: the damsel in distress turned badass chick, began to emerge (around 45 minutes in) I found that "A Dame to Kill For" had methodically seduced me.

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September 2, 2014
Markus Emilio Robinson
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The characters are shockingly devoid of merit, especially for a drama in these "enlightened" times. Film noir has always highlighted the femme fatale. However these women have little to do other than display their physical attributes. The narrative unrepentantly parades Jessica Alba, Eva Green Jaime King, and Juno Temple through the production like skewered selections by waiters at a Brazilian BBQ. Women are either prostitutes, strippers, or evil temptresses. At least one gets to be a good luck charm. Rosario Dawson literally wears what looks like metal saucepan lids over her breasts in one scene. Jamie Chung doesn't even get to speak. Oh but she displays her knife wielding skills. Can I re-emphasize the violence? The unending obliteration of human beings is gruesome. It's like watching a chef at Benihana chop up various meats and vegetables for 102 minutes and then calling it a drama. The men aren't any more carefully drawn either. Their lack of humanity is disheartening. These guys are rotten to the core. Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character is just a body to destroy. He serves no purpose. For the first 10 minutes, I marveled at the visual style. It's remarkable, but soon after the ugliness beneath the production seeps through and overstays its welcome fast.

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August 28, 2014
hobster1

Super Reviewer

Three more stories from Frank Miller's "Sin City": a gambler (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) takes on a corrupt senator in a card game; P.I. Dwight (Josh Brolin) falls for a dame from his past (Eva Green), who's now married to a millionaire; and stripper Nancy (Jessica Alba) struggles to find the courage to avenge Hartigan (Bruce Willis). Although the stylistic novelty is gone, A DAME TO KILL FOR recreates the look and mood of the first film almost exactly, and should be a thrill for fans.
August 27, 2014
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Greg S

Super Reviewer

So 9 years ago the first "Sin City" came out and I was in love. It was so fresh and original. The stories, the way it looked, the performances. It was a real blast of a movie. Now finally they've released a prequel(well 1 of the stories is a sequel, but everything else is a prequel), and it feels stale. It still looks stylish as hell, but the energy doesn't seem to be there. Feels like they are going through the motions and trying to make a quick buck(although the movie completely tanked at the box office). One big omission is they changed Dwight from Clive Owen to Josh Brolin. Now I like Brolin, but Owen is the man, and really missed here. The stories aren't nearly as interesting or intricate than the original, and I think that took a lot away from it. It's like this were a television series and this is an episode. It doesn't evolve or build upon the first one, it just stays the course. I really like the Joseph Gordon Levitt here, and I thought Powers Booth was a fantastic villain. But they were the only 2 real bright spots. Well, that and Eva Green, hehehehe. Maybe with a few more watches, or if I put the first one with it(been a while since I've watched it), I will enjoy it more. But for now, it was a let down.
August 26, 2014
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

    1. Marv: That right there is a dame to kill for.
    – Submitted by Matthew B (21 days ago)
    1. Dwight: She is a dame to kill for.
    – Submitted by Jean R (15 months ago)
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