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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

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Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 137
Fresh: 62 | Rotten: 75

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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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)

A Dame To Kill For is as one-note as the first film, but Eva Green is a perfect femme fatale, while there's a bigger role for Powers Boothe - and more Powers Boothe is always a good thing.

August 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor
Flix Capacitor

A lot of what Miller can get away with on the page -- the cliched tough guy banter and Existentialism 101 -- falls flat when played live.

August 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Houston Press
Houston Press

It's taken nearly 10 years for filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and graphic novelist Frank Miller to get around to making this sequel, but it was worth the wait because the technical advancements make this second triptych of stories even more visually stunning.

August 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com
Contactmusic.com

The film's brainless, chest-beating brand of hyper-pulp calls into question whether Sin City was any good at all, or whether the novelty of its visuals and storytelling merely masked a howling nothingness at its core.

August 26, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

Graphic novelist Frank Miller once again shares directing credit with Robert Rodriquez toward creating a sequel that is every bit as narratively gripping and visually stunning as their original "Sin City" (2005).

August 26, 2014 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

Unmistakably an exercise in style over substance.

August 26, 2014 Full Review Source: The List
The List

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.

August 26, 2014 Full Review Source: HeyUGuys
HeyUGuys

You can't help noticing that in Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's world, practically all the male actors are over 40, but all the women are under 35.

August 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Scotsman
Scotsman

If you must see [Sin City: A Dame to Kill For], save a few bucks and see it in 2D and buy yourself a snack with the savings.

August 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

worth seeing for its visual splendor, and for that fearless, unapologetically scene-chewing performance from Green that encompasses the archetypal Madonna and Whore, as well as the endless depths of the rage endemic in the exploited female.

August 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

Not as fresh as the original, but there's still plenty to enjoy in this stylized comic book noir.

August 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

Rodriguez and Miller trade in disreputable teenage kicks and they lay the style on with a trowel.

August 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Frame by frame, the images still dazzle, but Miller and Rodriguez's brash pulp-noir sensibility now feels jaded.

August 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Not much has changed in Sin City, but if you enjoyed your last visit more of the same should be more than enough.

August 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Star
Daily Star

Audience Reviews for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

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

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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

A classic revenge tale with overly stylish effects should make for a great film noir, and it does in "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," in fact, it is almost better than the first film, but the execution of everything is so overdone that it feels pretty distant from the first film. Straying from the "short film" sectional formula, this film only really has about two main stories that intertwine. It was nice to see all the characters crossing paths and the cast seems like they are trying even harder to make a great film and it shows. The style has improved, the directing is well-done, and the story is very intriguing, but there are so many elements in this film that drag it down. The big one is with the script. There is so much narration that it begins to work against the effective scenes and the writers seem to run out of clever dialogue momentarily. "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" may not be the best sequel in the world, but on it's own, it is a lot of fun!
August 23, 2014
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

    1. Dwight: She is a dame to kill for.
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