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Kill Bill: Volume 1

Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003)

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85

Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 224
Fresh: 190 | Rotten: 34

Kill Bill is nothing more than a highly stylized revenge flick. But what style!

80

Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 44
Fresh: 35 | Rotten: 9

Kill Bill is nothing more than a highly stylized revenge flick. But what style!

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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An entire wedding party is slaughtered during a dress rehearsal in a rural chapel: the pregnant woman in the blood-splattered wedding dress is Black Mamba, better known as The Bride. The assassin, Bill, and his circle known as The Vipers left The Bride for dead, but unluckily for them she was merely comatose. Four years later, The Bride suddenly awakens from her coma and realizes what has been done to her. She sets off on a ferociously focused mission, setting out to seek revenge on her former

Apr 13, 2004

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A strange, fun and densely textured work that gets better as it goes along.

May 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

May 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (5)
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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 Source: Time Out
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There is no ironic overlay in Tarantino's movies, no 'commenting' on the pop schlock he's replicating. He simply wants to remake in his own way the kinds of movies he's always loved, and he's about as uncynical as a movie geek can be.

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
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I would argue that, in a bizarre way, Mr. Tarantino empowers women as no action-genre director before him ever has.

October 16, 2003
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Simultaneously a spectacular act of movie-making and a slight movie.

October 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Visually striking, but also very violent.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comments (3)
Common Sense Media

A head-spinning dream project of extraordinarily bi-polar, nutso invention, Vol. 1 is a candy store rampage, cheering on Tarantino's fetishes as he built a colorful war machine of ideal double-feature dementia.

December 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Modamag.com | Comments (2)
Modamag.com

Quentin Tarantino's long awaited fourth film finds the pop culture carnivore of filmmaking reinvigorating cinema a second time over with a single-plot-trajectory revenge movie that utilizes samurai sword action with a shifting score of infectious guitar d

April 19, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

With its eclectic use of music and inventive mix of genres, Kill Bill is a striking and enigmatic revenge film visually and culturally rich and relentless in its action.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Something borrowed, something bloody. [Blu-ray]

September 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Tarantino instead relies on delirious, high-octane, imaginative camera work; an anime sequence; and an exhilarating musical soundtrack to punch up a story that loses its intoxicating magnetism well before the final credits roll.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

I didn't leave the cinema aching to see Volume Two (out in February), though I'm interested to learn how things work out.

May 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Kill Bill is a temple of worship -- a devout hymn of praise to crap cinema (which isn't always crappy).

August 4, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Kill Bill is pretty stupid, but there are also moments of beauty and brilliance.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

Unfolding as a book the film is conceived in chapters, each boasting the look and pulse of a specific genre; as expected of Tarantino, there are references to music, literature, fashion, and above all movies and pop culture, both American and foreign.

December 20, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

One of the best films of the year, and, when it's all said and done, probably the decade.

July 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com
Bullz-Eye.com

Tarantino is back with his most polished and yet slightly empty effort yet.

April 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

A movie that, without Uma, would have ultimately been a stylistic masterpiece, but never the stirring epic that it is shaping up to be.

March 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Bangitout.com
Bangitout.com

Perhaps the funniest thing about Kill Bill: Volume One is the realization that this ode to ultraviolence and Uma Thurman's feet is probably Quentin Tarantino's most personal film.

March 5, 2005 Full Review Source: NYC Film Critic
NYC Film Critic

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.

January 15, 2005 | Comments (2)
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Different enough from Tarantino's previous work to finally win over even an inveterate Tarantino-sceptic like me.

August 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Senses of Cinema
Senses of Cinema

Audience Reviews for Kill Bill: Volume 1

Kill Bill is just another piece of over-hyped fanfare with no real merits. Like many of QT's other products, there is a shock-value installed through violence which does nothing but make the film gratuitously brutal. If you remove all graphic scenes from KB you are left with a sadly inept script, bad acting and a "funky" if not cacophonous soundtrack (sound like Reservoir Dogs?). Luckily for us, QT knows Americans can remember violence much longer than great writing so he can reap his rewards. I'm not even going to compare this film to the thousands of Asian KungFu knockoffs. Everyone knows a Hollywood-produced movie will succeed if it's the first time an American audience "discovers" it (The Matrix, Jackie Chan flicks, etc -- none of which are consdiered novel by HK cinema standards)..
Why can't QT make a picture with the qualities of other acclaimed directors like Kubrick, whether it's visual (2001), dialogue-driven (Paths of Glory) or both (A Clockwork Orange)? Leave the violence behind and jump on a more creditable bandwagon. 1/2 star 05-2007 (Updated)
January 21, 2014
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Find my review of both volumes at themoviefreakblog.com
July 23, 2013
spielberg00

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A former member of The Deadly Viper Assassination Squad is betrayed and left for dead on her wedding day and sets about revenging herself upon her erstwhile colleagues. Quentin Tarantino has often been accused of plagiarism in the past, and Kill Bill not only happily acknowledges his many homages it positively revels in them, right from the "Shawscope" intro screen. His films are clearly a labour of love and every reference, every shot, every song on the wittily compiled soundtrack, even every sound effect has been carefully selected. Tarantino's films are not, as many po-faced critical snobs suggest, style over substance because the style IS the substance. This is a movie for the movie lover and Tarantino's skill is in his ability to seamlessly blend so many genres, from anime to martial arts to samurai to film noir to spaghetti western to blaxploitation and create something entirely his own. If his audience dried up, I'm in no doubt that he would continue making films even if it cost him his last dollar, for the sheer pleasure of it and if it ever came down to that, I'd happily chip in.
April 24, 2013
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    1. The Bride: This Pasadena homemaker's name is Jeanne Bell. Her husband is Dr. Lawrence Bell. But back when we were acquainted four years ago, her name was Vernita Green. Her code name was Copperhead. Mine, Black Mamba.
    – Submitted by Rawballs B (7 months ago)
    1. The Bride: The bald guy in the black suit and the Kato Mask is Johnny Mo, the head general of O'ren's personaly army,the crazy 88. And just in case you were wondering how could a half breed Japanese-Chinese American become the boss of all bosses in Tokyo, Japan, I'll tell you. The subject of O'ren's blood and nationality came up before the council only once. The night O'ren assumed power over the crime council.
    – Submitted by Marco M (15 months ago)
    1. Elle Driver: [to an uncounscious Beatrix] You know, I may have never liked you. Point of fact,I despise you. But that shouldn't suggest I don't respect you. [takes a needle injection from her pocket] Dying in our sleep, a luxuary our kind is rarely afforded.
    – Submitted by Marco M (15 months ago)
    1. Vernita Green: So I suppose it's a little late for apologies, huh?
    2. The Bride: You suppose correctly.
    3. Vernita Green: Look bitch... I need to know if you're going to start any more shit around my baby girl.
    4. The Bride: You can relax for now. I'm not going to murder you in front of your child, okay?
    5. The Bride: That's being more rational than Bill lead me to believe you were capable of.
    6. The Bride: It's mercy, compassion and forgiveness I lack. Not rationality.
    – Submitted by Marco M (15 months ago)
    1. O-Ren Ishii: As your leader, I encourage you from time to time, and always in a respectful manner, to question my logic. If you're unconvinced that a particular plan of action I've decided is the wisest, tell me so, but allow me to convince you and I promise you right here and now, no subject will ever be taboo. Except, of course, the subject that was just under discussion. The price you pay for bringing up either my Chinese or American heritage as a negative is... I collect your fucking head. Just like this fucker here. Now, if any of you sons of bitches got anything else to say, now's the fucking time!
    – Submitted by Marco M (15 months ago)
    1. The Bride: Your name is Buck... right?
    2. Buck: [nods]
    3. The Bride: And you came to FUCK... RIGHT?
    – Submitted by Lord Diego John Tutweiller o (19 months ago)
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