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Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Review Critics


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  • 30

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    Variety Justin Chang

    It takes at least a sliver of human interest to make a noir pastiche more than the sum of its influences, and anything resembling authentic feeling has been neatly airbrushed away from this movie’s synthetic surface.

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  • 40

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    Village Voice Amy Nicholson

    Green is sexy, funny, dangerous, and wild -- everything the film needed to be -- and whenever she's not on-screen, we feel her absence as though the sun has blinked off.

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  • 50

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The cartoonish mayhem in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For aims for a film noir sensibility, but too frequently the script simply resorts to anachronistic scenes of Jessica Alba twerking.

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  • 50

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    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    As an exercise in style, it's diverting enough, but these mean streets are so well traveled that it takes someone like Eva Green to make the detour through them worth the trip.

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  • 75

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    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    This movie is mostly about visual razzle-dazzle and riffing on film noir conceits. Rodriguez hasn't deviated far from his mission statement for the original and that's a good thing for Sin City fans.

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  • 88

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    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    This is one badass movie.

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Not for kids

Heavy violence and nudity in over-the-top sequel.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is the sequel to 2005's Sin City, and -- like that film -- it's insanely violent, with lots of rough sex and nudity. Though the movie is filmed in stylized black and white and the blood mostly appears as pure white, it's still accompanied by a sickly spattering sound as characters are shot or dismembered. Characters are wounded and killed by everything from hard punches and bullets to swords, arrows, and shurikens. Eyes are gouged out, limbs are chopped off, and people are shot in the face. Sex is usually shown as hard and angry, with lots of thrusting (and men are usually cheating on their wives). One female character is naked in several scenes (breasts and bottom), and there's other partial nudity. Language isn't quite as strong, but there is a use of "f--k" and a few uses of "s--t." A minor character is shown doing drugs, and a major character is shown drinking excessively, while most of the characters smoke cigarettes or cigars.

  • Families can talk about Sin City: A Dame to Kill For's extreme violence. What effect does it have? How does it make you feel? How did the filmmakers achieve this effect?
  • How does the violence compare with other movies? With the previous Sin City? Why does this movie go so far over the top? How does the violence enhance or detract from the story?
  • How is sex portrayed in this movie? What role does it play in characters' relationships?
  • How do women come across in the movie? Are they defined by their bodies or by other qualities? Does their sexuality empower them or make them easier to objectify?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The movie mostly consists of people looking for revenge or behaving in morally or legally questionable ways. Many of the lead characters are responsible for killing people -- or at least beating people up. Some of these people face consequences, and others don't. Women are shown either as sex objects or as using sex to manipulate men.

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    Role models: Characters are crooked politicians, gamblers, vindictive opportunists, brawlers, murderers, liars, and cheaters. Occasionally it occurs to a character to do the right thing, but this thought is often quickly forgotten.

What to watch for
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    Violence: The movie is a barrage of shooting (using everything from handguns to an uzi), punching, kicking, slicing with swords, piercing with arrows or shurikens, and even eye-gouging and head-severing. Characters are sometimes shot close-up, in the face. With the movie's stylized look, blood is almost always shown as pure white, but the splattering sounds are emphasized. Women are treated cruelly and are punched and shot almost as often as men. One innocent girl's hands and head are cut off. A man's fingers are broken by pliers; in a painful "doctor" scene, he gets them fixed. A bullet is graphically removed from a man's leg. A woman gets a man to slap her during rough sex.

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    Sex: Several rough sex scenes, with thrusting shown. Two of the men are said to be cheating on their wives. Some of the female characters are prostitutes. Eva Green's character is shown naked (breasts and bottom) for long moments in several scenes. Other female breasts and male bottoms are briefly shown. The opening titles contain some drawings of topless women. Strippers perform sexy, grinding dances on stage in a bar; they wear revealing outfits, but they never actually remove any clothes. (There's close up on one derriere.) Strong sexual innuendo. An older man acknowledges that a younger man is his offspring from a past encounter with a prostitute.

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    Language: One use of "f--k" is saved until the end. "S--t" is used a few times, and terms like "a--hole," "bitch," "slut," "whore," "schmuck," and "ass" are used once or twice. The most frequently used words are "damn" and "hell," but language overall isn't frequent.

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A woman frequently guzzles from a bottle of vodka, presumably drowning her sorrows over her dead lover and also working up the courage to kill her lover's murderer. But she never appears to be really drunk. Two characters share a bottle of vodka before going to kill some people. Several scenes take place in a bar with characters drinking in the background. A back-alley doctor ties off his arm and shoots something into his vein to "steady his hands" before he works on a patient. Many of the main characters smoke cigars and cigarettes. One character briefly takes some prescription pills.