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Sin City Reviews

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David Germain
Associated Press
April 14, 2013
With a huge, well-chosen cast and the blessing of Miller, who was on set as Rodriguez's co-director, Sin City is a gloriously stylized world unlike anything you've seen before on screen.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
April 14, 2013
For all its astronomical body count, Sin City is brazenly, thrillingly alive.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 14, 2013
While Sin City on screen evokes the same feeling of bottomless decadence and dread that the novels do, there is one crucial difference -- you can put the novels down.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
August 16, 2007
While the book succeeded in pushing the boundaries of its medium, the film merely feels like a triumph of technology.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 18, 2007
A worthwhile piece of eye candy.
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Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 12, 2006
If Raymond Chandler and Daffy Duck could have produced a child, Sin City would be their baby.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
September 26, 2005
Its creators invent a queasily intoxicating new world.
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Ben Walters
Time Out
June 2, 2005
The look of it remains exceptional, a high-contrast monochrome showcase of sheeting rain, shattering glass and white-on-black silhouettes, with occasional motifs picked out in vivid colour.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
May 21, 2005
Can bring more pain than satisfaction.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 7, 2005
In the end, I have to say I liked Sin City almost in spite of myself.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 4, 2005
Robert Rodriguez is one audaciously talented man.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
April 1, 2005
It's a hard, viciously funny little movie, one with all the subtlety of a billy club. But there's artistry here, too.
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
April 1, 2005
The movie feels like a reductive exercise. Rodriguez might have accomplished what he set out to do, but I'm not sure he's done anyone any favors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
April 1, 2005
Two hours and six minutes has never seemed so much like two and six-tenths seconds. It's pure pulp metafiction.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
April 1, 2005
Miller's world of rough customers living on the wild side possesses a sordid allure, which the directors dazzlingly deliver to the screen.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 1, 2005
To remember Sin City hours later is to remember from a different part of the brain that remembers conventional movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
April 1, 2005
Miller's many fans are likely to hail this as a masterpiece. Rarely has an artist in one medium been so loyally served by another.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
April 1, 2005
The most gorgeous digital movie ever made. It represents a stunning leap forward in both the technology of digital cinema and the art of filmmaking.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 1, 2005
Sin City is a hard, cold, relentless assault. It's also something Hollywood seems to have given up on: a bold, uncompromised vision.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dan DeLuca
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 1, 2005
Ultimately comes off as an exercise in cold-blooded stylishness, uninvolving and overlong at 2 hours and 6 minutes.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
April 1, 2005
You've got to hand it to Miller and Rodriguez. Their Sin City is no place for tourists.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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April 1, 2005
I loved it, I loved it, I loved it. I loved every gorgeous sick disgusting ravishing overbaked blood-spurting artificial frame of it.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 1, 2005
Watch it, listen to it. Just don't chew on it too much. It's not great art, and it's not great literature. It is just the flat-out coolest looking movie to come along in years.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 1, 2005
Undeniably exciting, and as close to a comic book as the movies have ever gotten. It's a fun ride.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 1, 2005
Unlike anything you've ever seen before.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
April 1, 2005
Mixing live-action with computer-generated images, it looks like the novels, talks and bleeds like the novels, is as muscular and voluptuous as the novels -- and it leaves you breathless as only a movie can.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 1, 2005
Once the novelty of its considerable razzle-dazzle wears off, the film just sits there, because Rodriguez has made one simple, but fatal, mistake: As cinematic as they are, Miller's graphic novels aren't movies.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
April 1, 2005
Except for the striking images, it starts to fade even as you're watching it. It is such a bold and striking movie, however, that for the first time we can appreciate the full potential of what Rodriguez has wrought.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 1, 2005
Sin City gives sin a great name -- it's never been more plentiful or looked so gorgeous. What a visually stunning film this is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 1, 2005
This big-screen treatment of Miller's graphic novels is a soft- core marathon of stylized mayhem, flesh-pot excess and cinematic pretense.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 1, 2005
It's loud, large, sick and a whole lot of fun.
| Original Score: B+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 1, 2005
A redemption saga as overripe with religious allegory as it is anything else, in search of a confession booth or maybe just the hard stuff straight up or even a cold shower. But you won't simply leave it behind. It hurts too good.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
April 1, 2005
If you have a taste for this sort of thing, it's difficult to imagine how it could be done any better.
| Original Score: B
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April 1, 2005
Without doubt the most visually stunning live action transfer of the comic book format to the big screen ever made.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 1, 2005
Sin City is the first great Hollywood joy ride of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
March 31, 2005
It'll be interesting to see how time treats City's novelty value once live action/computer screen hybrids become more common. Right now it looks like one of the movies that will define its year even more than the Kill Bill duo did.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 31, 2005
Rodriguez and company have so faithfully captured Miller's essence, there's something beautiful about the whole thing. It's an act of inspired reverence.
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
March 31, 2005
Sin City is one of those films that you know going in is either going to be super-cool or ultra-awful. And in this case, depending on how you look at it, you can't lose or you can't win, because it's both.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
March 31, 2005
Sin City has been made with such scrupulous care and obvious love for its genre influences that it's a shame the movie is kind of a bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
March 31, 2005
Every now and then, a movie does more than gamely defend the status quo but actually advances the art form. So it is with Sin City, a stunning, brutal vision of a city gone mad.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
March 31, 2005
Sometimes it all seems as schematic as a theme park attraction. Mostly, though, the movie comes across like the fever dream of a smart, put-upon adolescent who'd been up all night watching every black-and-white crime movie made since the sound era.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 31, 2005
It's a visualization of the pulp noir imagination, uncompromising and extreme. Yes, and brilliant.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
March 31, 2005
I found the movie every bit as sickening as its creators intended it to be, minus the kicks they so palpably got out of making it.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 31, 2005
I can't endorse the content, but I can't dismiss the presentation. Sin City is superlative filmmaking in service of a poisonous view of humanity. It's a dangerous work of art.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 31, 2005
A movie of such high style, done in such a spirit of electrifying fun and creativity, that it kisses the blood right off its own violent hands.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 31, 2005
What we get is a preponderance of sameness. A movie with one vibe that oversells itself and, eventually, overstays its welcome.
| Original Score: C+
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 30, 2005
So seduced by the visual possibilities of sin that style becomes its own vice.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
March 29, 2005
Rodriguez loves his material so much that he embalmed it.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 28, 2005
The major problem is that after about 10 minutes, you've seen all the movie's tricks. The look is hypnotic yet never changes.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 24, 2005
There's something to appreciate around every corner -- the gritty characters, the uncompromising story, and, most of all, visuals to astound and amaze.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4