Kill Bill: Volume 2

2004

Kill Bill: Volume 2

Critics Consensus

Kill Bill: Volume 2 adds extra plot and dialogue to the action-heavy exploits of its predecessor, while still managing to deliver a suitably hard-hitting sequel.

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Total Count: 240

89%

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Quentin Tarantino's sprawling homage to action films of both the East and the West reaches its conclusion in this continuation of 2003's ultra-violent Kill Bill Vol. 1. Having dispatched several of her arch-enemies in the first film, The Bride (Uma Thurman) continues in Kill Bill Vol. 2 on her deadly pursuit of her former partners in the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, who, in a furious assault, attempted to murder her and her unborn child on her wedding day. As The Bride faces off against allies-turned-nemeses Budd (Michael Madsen) and Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah), she flashes back to the day of her deadly wedding, and we learn of how she was recruited to join the DiVAS, her training under unforgiving martial arts master Pai Mei (Liu Chia-hui), and her relationship with Squad leader Bill (David Carradine), which changed from love to violent hatred. Originally planned as a single film, Kill Bill grew into an epic-scale two-part project totaling more than four hours in length; as with the first film, Kill Bill Vol. 2 includes appearances by genre-film icons Sonny Chiba, Michael Parks, Larry Bishop, and Sid Haig; Wu-Tang Clan producer and turntablist RZA and filmmaker and composer Robert Rodriguez both contributed to the musical score. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Kill Bill: Volume 2

All Critics (240) | Top Critics (51) | Fresh (201) | Rotten (39)

  • Vol. 2 fills in the motivational and emotional blanks that left the first movie tasting like a meal made only of appetizers.

    Mar 13, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
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  • I don't even want to do Tarantino and his pathetic accomplices the honour of recounting the narrative of the second "volume" of this exercise in trashpedalling, and frankly I don't need to, because there isn't a plot to speak of.

    Jan 9, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Where KB1 had the pace of an ADHD six-year-old on a sugar high, KB2 has been Ritalinized, its tempo slowed to a crawl in self-conscious, and self-defeating, imitation of Sergio Leone. It's two hours that feel like five.

    Jan 5, 2018 | Full Review…
  • If Kill Bill - Vol. 1 was like a roundhouse kick to the head, Vol. 2 is practically a warm hug.

    Aug 15, 2012 | Full Review…
  • Those turned off by the first part's reckless, relentless violent purges aren't likely to find cause for conversion, but Vol. 2 certainly broadens the tale's remit, even as it aims to deepen it.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • I've lost my sweet tooth for slice-and-dice escapism, and perhaps this is why I feel the need to see movies that don't simply glamorize or fetishize or supernaturalize brutality.

    Aug 7, 2004

Audience Reviews for Kill Bill: Volume 2

  • Jul 20, 2016
    Easily surpassing the previous film in storytelling this film brings a great story to the table. The gritty action and lead performances really make this a respectable film in Quinten Tarentino's repituare. Though Volume 2 does lack some of the gritty action of the first Volume it certainly doesn't disappoint
    Tyler H Super Reviewer
  • Apr 07, 2016
    It's not as violent as the first film and it's a good sequel in sequel standards. It still has fun action scenes and there is even a strange romance between Beatrix and Bill. However because it's not as violent as the first one it's also not as action packed making it more boring. The film felt long (it was longer than the first one) and slow paced.
    Tarin P Super Reviewer
  • Apr 07, 2016
    A very different sequel and completely different to what I expected after the first part was very action heavy and soaked in blood, Volume 2 adds extra plot details that work very well but there's little action and felt overlong at times, Brilliantly acted again and the story was much more interesting but apart from that there's nothing much more on show.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 28, 2015
    The best "Kill Bill" so far and very different from the first. It is extremely well written and balances out Vol. 1's delightfully over-the-top style with some serious character development and some very bold and epic cinematography. This is a film that brilliantly examplifies QT's versatility as a writer/director, as well as his deeply auspicious understanding of film. Gordon Liu and Micheal Parks are an absolute treat!! Definately one of Quentin's best.
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