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Sin City Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This isn't an adaptation of a comic book, it's like a comic book brought to life and pumped with steroids.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Eye-popping yet ultimately thin and shallow as a page in a graphic novel.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Mr. Rourke's performance is quite phenomenal, a case of unquenchable talent bursting the bonds of dehumanized artifice.

  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Glued tightly from page to screen, Sin City is so seduced by the visual possibilities of sin that style becomes its own vice.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Occasionally very funny, the picture tends to coast on its cosmetics. A first-rate script might have made it a twisted masterpiece.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Not for kids

This extremely violent movie is NOT for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is an extremely violent movie with constant, intense, and exceptionally graphic battles and all-out butchery and slaughter. Body parts are sliced off (and eaten -- off-camera). People are wounded and killed just about every possible way, including electrocuted, stabbed, impaled, shot, dumped into a tar pit, and sliced up. There are severed heads and other body parts. There are references to child rape and cannibalism. The film also includes nudity, strippers, prostitutes, sexual references, and non-explicit sexual situations. Characters drink and smoke and abuse prescription drugs. They also lie, cheat, steal, extort, and violate as many laws (and commandments) as can be packed into one movie.

  • Families can talk about the enduring appeal of such dark stories and characters and the way that co-directors Miller and Rodriguez use the settings and the camera to create mood and character.

The good stuff
  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Women are strong and capable but also mostly hookers and/or nude.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Extreme, intense, constant, and graphic violence, torture, suicide, dismemberment, references to cannibalism, child molestation, and rape.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Nudity and sexual references including reference to child rape, non-explicit sexual situations, prostitutes.

  • language false3

    Language: Very strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking, smoking.