Kill Bill: Volume 1 - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Kill Bill: Volume 1 Reviews

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Todd McCarthy
Variety
May 7, 2008
A strange, fun and densely textured work that gets better as it goes along.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 7, 2008
Even more gory and adolescent than its models, which explains both the fun and the unpleasantness of this globe-trotting romp.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
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.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
October 16, 2003
I would argue that, in a bizarre way, Mr. Tarantino empowers women as no action-genre director before him ever has.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
October 12, 2003
Simultaneously a spectacular act of movie-making and a slight movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 11, 2003
Kill Bill is one long yakkety-yak about Tarantino's passions. He's the samurai who won't shut up.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
October 10, 2003
Delivered with such high panache and brio, it's mesmerizing.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 10, 2003
Has matched, if not eclipsed, the power and scope of 1994's Pulp Fiction.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
October 10, 2003
Whatever Bill's limitations, style isn't one of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
October 10, 2003
Not only is this the work of a major and vital talent in full bloom, it's the most thrillingly entertaining American movie so far this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
October 10, 2003
This is some glorious filth -- in the most flattering, arterial-spraying sense of filth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 10, 2003
It boggles the mind that after six years of silence, all Tarantino has to offer is this garbage.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
October 10, 2003
Kill Bill would be the easiest thing in the world to dismiss if it weren't so much nasty fun.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
October 10, 2003
An eye-popping, blood-soaked, ingeniously choreographed thriller and Hong Kong homage that ultimately adds up to ... not much.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 10, 2003
A tribute both scrupulously authentic and wildly original.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 10, 2003
A maddeningly uneven spaghetti Eastern that's well worth seeing for his technical mastery, even as it challenges you with the geeky auteur's boundless self-indulgence.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
October 10, 2003
There's a lot to admire in Kill Bill, and a lot that should have been lopped off like the arms and legs and scalps that go flying.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 10, 2003
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 is self-indulgent, overwrought, shallow and ridiculous. It is also brilliant, a blast of cinematic lunacy and as much of a guilty pleasure as the schlocky movies Tarantino adores.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
October 10, 2003
Despite a draggy section and a problem with proportion, Kill Bill bristles with such vitality it hardly matters that -- at least at the halfway point -- it feels inconsequential.
Read More | Original Score: A
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 10, 2003
Kill Bill may be mindless fun, but it is the most mindless fun in memory.
Read More | Original Score: A
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October 10, 2003
The violence, blood levels -- and just plain cheesy gore -- in this film are extreme, but Tarantino's sharp dialogue and expert editing leaves you breathless.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 10, 2003
The year's most important unimportant movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 10, 2003
Kill Bill: Volume 1 shows Quentin Tarantino so effortlessly and brilliantly in command of his technique that he reminds me of a virtuoso violinist racing through Flight of the Bumble Bee ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 10, 2003
Vol. 1 is a shot of pure adrenalin on celluloid, headed for the heart and the gut, not the head.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 10, 2003
Kill Bill ranks just behind Pulp Fiction in terms of strutting the director's storytelling gifts.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 10, 2003
If you're one of those movie fans who are looking for a great big smorgasbord of vengeance, Kill Bill will shred resistance.
Read More | Original Score: B+
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October 10, 2003
Kill Bill is about nothing more (or less) than its director's passion for the mindless action pictures that got him through adolescence.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 9, 2003
Structurally and narratively amputated, Volume 1 retains head and guts but loses its heart and gams to the second installment.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 9, 2003
An exercise in style.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
October 9, 2003
For the first time in Tarantino's filmmaking career, the written story -- both in word and development -- proves the least interesting part of the whole equation.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
October 9, 2003
A feast of bravura filmmaking, thoroughly engaging and unique in even its most derivative elements.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
October 9, 2003
The most gorgeous B-movie ever made.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
October 9, 2003
Kill Bill not only lives up to the hype, it exceeds it, with some of the most amazing fight sequences ever filmed.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 9, 2003
In the wake of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, the Matrix series, even the recent So Close, Tarantino's movie comes off as been there, kicked that.
Read More | Original Score: C
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
October 9, 2003
This is Tarantino the ultimate movie geek, channeling all the best tee-hee-GROSS! moments from Hong Kong and Japanese splatter movies.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 9, 2003
In Kill Bill, Tarantino brings delicious sin back to movies -- the thrill you get from something down, dirty and dangerous.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 9, 2003
At a time when most movies are watery soup, Tarantino has served us a two-inch steak, bloody and sizzling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Powers
L.A. Weekly
October 9, 2003
A fan-boy's paradise.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 8, 2003
Kill Bill may have little on its mind besides pop extravagance, yet you can feel the movie tracing a transition in the world -- from West to East, from male to female rule.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 8, 2003
Fun and smart, but undeniably thin.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 7, 2003
As a whole, Kill Bill might be an entertaining product, but, after seeing Volume 1, I was insulted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 6, 2003
This is the ultimate movie for kung-fu drive-in geeks ...
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 2, 2003
The film is hugely watchable.