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Kill Bill: Volume 1 Reviews

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March 20, 2017
Tarantino missed the mark with this and Vol.2. It was fun to watch but easily out-stays it's welcome after a few viewings. It took him five years to write such an incomplete and scrappy film.
March 19, 2017
A great action film.
March 13, 2017
one of the best films i've seen. and one of the best tarantino films. like top 3. so cinematic.
March 10, 2017
Chick wakes from coma. Chick kills orderly. Chick kills housewife. Chick kills man in motorhome. Chick kills 88 karate masters. Love every minute of it.
½ March 5, 2017
Great movie...very can tell tarrintino loves film
February 18, 2017
One of the best action movies ever made
Daniel Mumby
Super Reviewer
½ February 12, 2017
Quentin Tarantino proves with Kill Bill Volume 1 that he doesn't care two bits about three-dimensional characters, or coherent storyline, or anything really other than style. The script is particularly weak, with lines that only he could pass off saying, and even then he'd look ridiculous. When they're being said by actors, they serve only to confuse or to cringe, whichever is more appropriate. You could take any line in this, put it in any of his three previous films and change the names around, and it wouldn't look out of place, proving once and for all that he has only one voice and only one line of interest, namely violence.

Most of the acting in this first part is questionable. Uma Thurmann, who was half decent in Pulp Fiction, is completely unbelievable as the so-far-nameless assassin on a revenge trip to kill the people who beat her up at her wedding, finishing with the master who trained her. The film begins with her beating up the second person on her list of five, before flipping back and forth in time as Tarantino sees fit.

Proof that Tarantino is only interested in the spectacle, particularly the spectacle of violence, is to be found in this opening scene. His choreography of the knife fight is brutal and his camera work is good, taking you into the heart of the action. But despite the amount of blood being shed, and the cries of pain coming from the actors' mouths, not once in the scene do you either feel the characters' pain or care about their fates. This is followed by a wooden exchange between the two characters when her daughter comes home from school. This lasts a reassuringly short amount of time before the violence breaks out again.

Throughout the film Tarantino plays various visual tricks on the audience in a vain attempt to show us that he is a not simply a splatter freak, but an artist. Part of it is shot in black-and-white; part of it is in extended slow-motion; and part of it is animated by the same people who later made the video for 'Breaking The Habit' by Linkin Park. While that video made sense, being only 3 minutes long and entirely animated of the band's performance, in this it just feels out of place; it feels like Tarantino used it because he couldn't get the blood to spray out right in real life.

Other problems include the ridiculous fight in the club, where Uma Thurmann manages to defeat over 50 highly trained martial arts warriors by barely touching them. There follows a highly dubious sequence of Thurmann fighting a teenager dressed as a schoolgirl wielding a mace. The obsession with bloodshed and pain-which-isn't-pain eventually becomes tiresome, as does Lucy Liu who appears to have crafted a performance based entirely on shouting and squinting.

After Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown, this is a very bad comedown for Tarantino. It's not terrible, it's just really, really frustrating and, to be honest, quite boring.
½ February 11, 2017
Fascinating and gory fun!!!
February 7, 2017
The Bride (Thurman) awakens from a four-year coma. The child she carried in her womb is gone. Now she must track down her ex-lover, Bill (Carradine), and the group of assassins whom she was once a member of who betrayed her.
January 29, 2017
Great fantastic awesome movie by the visionary director Quentin Tarantino, I think his fourth film and starring uma therman. This movie has everything good, it's not boring or even slow at sometimes because the slow parts of the film is the lead of uma thermans character and her getting revenge by killing the people who killed her husband but mostly payback for her child. The story and how Quentin Tarantino shows this movie is phenomenal. The action is great and it doesn't focus on appeal or eye candy, to me that's good for a female lead in any movie and that she's their for business, nothing else. I know that their is a second installment in this awesome franchise but because it's Quentin Tarantino it's only going to have 2 films tops. But I hope the second movie has all the same elements this movie has and builds on to it.
January 25, 2017
Graphic and violent, but it was better than I expected. Good storytelling from Quentin Tarantino, and the acting is decent. The soundtrack is weird, but so is the movie itself. (First and only viewing - 7/14/2012)
January 24, 2017
I enjoyed the first part because it drops alot of clues as to what feeds the characters motives. not to mention it started a pop culture revolution especially with the visionary direction by Q.T. mashed with the genius score conducted by the RZA. there's nothing quite like the kill Bill series. the first part sets us on a blood bath take no prisoners joy ride. then part 2 lightens the tone to show why Q.T. is the best at delivering an original picture. remember this was one film at one point only later split into two parts for the sake of viewers ability to stay attentive to what's going on. the vol one is more like a preview to the whole picture. hence why so many elements were left out like her name and bills face.
January 1, 2017
Best exciting thriller, amazing story you will love
½ December 31, 2016
cool stylistic movie. entertaining and unique. good directing, especially the fight scenes. and a great sound track (about 4 viewings)
½ December 28, 2016
While Kill Bill wants to be a lot of things, the second one is the true achievement. This is not Tarantino's fault because he wanted both movies to play at the same time so we could get the whole experience at once.
December 28, 2016
Kill bill is a blood splatting roller coaster it's a hackneyed revenge story is it's weakest element but it makes up in high octane sword fighting
December 20, 2016
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December 20, 2016
A truly great movie, but also very different from most movies. Quentin Tarantino delivers once again with this classic.
December 9, 2016
Una película bastante sangrienta con un humor a lo Tarantino. Para personas como yo amantes del cine asiático fue bastante bueno notar cada unas de las referencias al clasicos del cine asiático que Tarantino va dejando a lo largo de la película.
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