Reviews

Sep 22, 2016
To call Sin City noir is to misunderstand the genre, as perhaps Miller does. Each story ends pretty simply-in brutal fighting and murder-and lacks genuine intrigue or ambiguity.
Jun 18, 2016
The duration between the first film and its sequel doesn't fully explain the new film's flaws, it's quite instructive when examining the reactions to them.
Sep 22, 2014
There's a bleak beauty to all of this, but also there's a reliance on stereotypes, male and female, that, while they come directly from the source material, are starting to become irritating.
Sep 4, 2014
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.
Aug 29, 2014
The latest Sin City is a major let-down after the brilliance of the original film in 2005.
Aug 28, 2014
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.
Aug 22, 2014
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.
Aug 22, 2014
Green has affected shades of noir in previous roles, but as the scheming Ava Lord, she is a terrific femme fatale, luxuriating in Miller's Chandler-esque dialogue while devouring the scenery and every inhabitant in it.
Aug 22, 2014
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.
Aug 22, 2014
Miller's original comic-book frames serve narrative functions, but these movies are all grabby graphics, devoid of compelling style.
Aug 22, 2014
You don't expect to be exhausted by reams of soul-sick narration and artful chiaroscuro compositions, but that's what happens.
Aug 22, 2014
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.
Aug 22, 2014
It's hard to believe that so much visual elegance has been brought to bear on material so ugly, and yet the disjunction is intentional, and the film is all of a piece.
Aug 22, 2014
At some points the film lags, loses focus, especially in the segues between vignettes where you can hear the gears creak. Thank goodness it's so pretty to look at, and it is fun to count the references to classic films.
Aug 22, 2014
A character growls: "I'm going to that place where there's no pain or thought." No pain or thought? That's Sin City in a nutshell.
Aug 22, 2014
If you showed the Sin City midnight world in smaller doses, as a weekly series on late-night cable television, the slick graphics and cold kink might be more compelling.
Aug 22, 2014
The movie winds up folding under the weight of its own heavy tone, itself another victim of the darkness and nihilism of Sin City.
Aug 22, 2014
Why sit through this pimply excuse for pulp fiction? Why not read the real boys (Goodis, Cain, Thompson), or see the real films (Forget it, Jake. It's not Chinatown)?
Aug 22, 2014
Anyone offended by graphic violence, kinky sex and eyefuls of nudity should stay away. But for those who like their fiction hard-boiled like a rock and naughty to the bone, expect to be pleased, if not thoroughly satisfied.
Aug 22, 2014
The movie's all just broads and mugs and gats and gore.