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Kill Bill is admittedly little more than a stylish revenge thriller -- albeit one that benefits from a wildly inventive surfeit of style. Read critic reviews

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A former assassin, known simply as The Bride (Uma Thurman), wakes from a coma four years after her jealous ex-lover Bill (David Carradine) attempts to murder her on her wedding day. Fueled by an insatiable desire for revenge, she vows to get even with every person who contributed to the loss of her unborn child, her entire wedding party, and four years of her life. After devising a hit list, The Bride sets off on her quest, enduring unspeakable injury and unscrupulous enemies.

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Uma Thurman
The Bride, Black Mamba
Lucy Liu
O-Ren Ishii, Cottonmouth
Vivica A. Fox
Vernita Green, Copperhead
Michael Madsen
Budd, Sidewinder
Daryl Hannah
Elle Driver, California Mountain Snake
Sonny Chiba
Hattori Hanzo
Chiaki Kuriyama
Go Go Yubari
Julie Dreyfus
Sofie Fatale
Jun Kunimura
Boss Tanaka
Akaji Maro
Boss Ozawa
Bob Weinstein
Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein
Executive Producer
Sally Menke
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Yohei Tanada
Production Designer
David Wasco
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Robert Richardson
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Critic Reviews for Kill Bill: Vol. 1

All Critics (238) | Top Critics (54) | Fresh (202) | Rotten (36)

  • ... Kill Bill confirms [Quentin Tarantino] as a filmmaker of astonishing invention and aplomb...

    March 22, 2018 | Full Review…
  • There's nothing like a good 'ole revenge heist (complete with a hit list) to make this film one of Tarantino's best.

    September 12, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • Visually striking, but also very violent.

    December 24, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A strange, fun and densely textured work that gets better as it goes along.

    May 7, 2008
  • Even more gory and adolescent than its models, which explains both the fun and the unpleasantness of this globe-trotting romp.

    May 7, 2008 | Full Review…
  • It's all bang, bang; no kiss, kiss. But this is still bravura film-making from a prodigious talent, and Thurman may yet prove its saving grace.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Kill Bill: Vol. 1

  • Jul 20, 2016
    This is one of Quinten Tarintino's best films. It's awesome gory action sequences are some of the best action scenes ever in my opinion. What this movie lacks in storyline it makes up for with aesthetic and action.
    Tyler H Super Reviewer
  • Apr 06, 2016
    Pretty good revenge thriller that's full of action that is good but gets too silly at the end, I liked the story even though it's nothing new but it was acted well, The OTT blood was stupid at times and it was hard to take things seriously, But it's fun and entertaining most of the time.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 09, 2016
    If there's one thing we've learned about Quentin Tarantino as a screenwriter and director is that one should never expect a typical movie that fits the stereotypes of the genre exactly - or even remotely. We had it with Reservoir Dogs, a heist film where we never see the heist, and with both Pulp Fiction and Inglorious Basterds - two more films which take what is typical and throw it aside. After multiple views, I still say that Kill Bill Vol. 1 is by far the stronger half of the duo. The entirety of Volume 1 is very much a build up that never fully stops, which is unique even to revenge flicks as they usually ebb and flow with a lot of changes to the pace. Not so here. Here was have Tarantino at his flashiest but supplemented with a reservoir of substance which endures throughout the film. The colours and look of the film are all very exaggerated and oversampled, i'm not going to lie, but with such a masterfully woven story, the two go together like Eggs and Bacon, although I doubt highly that Samurai swords are edible. The brilliance that lies in Kill Bill is that it doesn't overreach itself. It's a revenge flick with a lot of different elements, but it doesn't try to be something else, or pass itself off as a grand odyssey. Likewise, Tarantino as always adds fantastic dialogue which especially helps the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad during the backstory segmints of the movie. Quentin doesn't just want to make films seriously, he also knows that he can also have fun during the process which is something that a few directors twice his age at the time of Kill Bill have yet to understand or even grasp at it's base sense. Quentin's casting choices for Kill Bill don't drop the bar either - Uma Thurman returns to the "Tarantinoverse" as The Bride, after previously playing Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction, as does Michael Madsen after previously appearing in Reservoir Dogs as the sociopathic Mr Blonde. Lucy Liu, Darryl Hannah, and Vivica A. Fox all play fellow members of the Deadly Vipers and succeed in establishing that O-Ren Ishii, Elle Driver and Vernita Green are all worthy of the "badass mofo" informal title which comes with being a former Deadly Viper. And finally, Bill, who has very little screen time in this first volume, but is masterfully portrayed by David Carradine who seems to be just as good as his half-brother at portraying a maniacal but composed deadly killer. Kill Bill is at it's root, a revenge flick, but at the same time so much more than just that term. It explores territory many others haven't, is loaded with memorable scenes and characters, and a piece of cinematic paradise in terms of the showdown between The Bride and the Crazy 88's.
    Kal X. A Super Reviewer
  • Jan 07, 2016
    This is cartoony, kick-ass, inventive action filmmaking at its most engaging. It is the best of Tarantino's films I've seen thus far. Hilarious and violent in equal measure, Kill Bill is a simple revenge thriller dressed in gorgeous colors and stylized action. Just pure fun. Rating: 84
    Bradley J Super Reviewer

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