Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 36
  2. Negative: 15 out of 36

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Critic Reviews

  1. 75
    It's fractured and maddening, but it's alive.
  2. A lollapalooza of delectable cheap thrills.
  3. 63
    The movie is full of possibilities. Frustratingly, only a few of them are realized.
  4. 63
    It now seems that style has completely replaced substance in Scott's films, and he leaves gaping holes in his heroine's character.
  5. 63
    Among the year's ultraviolent pulp movies, "Sin City" was prettier and "The Devil's Rejects" more focused.
  6. Reviewed by: Sam Toy
    Individual sequences are all impeccably assembled, Rourke's grizzled vet chips in some memorable deadpan dialogue.
  7. 60
    It's good sleazy fun for a while, jacked up with an assortment of edgy visuals, but the greenish yellow tint favored by action director Tony Scott is a good metaphor for the movie's jaundiced sensibility.
  8. Thanks to dynamic performances by Keira Knightley, Mickey Rourke, Edgar Ramirez and a strong cast -- sometimes all but buried beneath irksome stylistic flourishes -- this dark and absurd melodrama certainly has raw energy.
  9. Sure, it's amusing, but it isn't much more.
  10. 50
    Yes, the film is interesting, but it doesn't work.
  11. It's not so important to follow plot twists--I couldn't--but the emotional thrust Kelly and Scott want to drive home is plain: Once Domino is asked to use guns and knives and nunchucks for a purpose outside the law, she's alarmed, appalled, aghast.
  12. Reviewed by: Stina Chyn
    When a film is more conducive to a scholarly dissection than a consumerist examination, the film is incredibly clever, pragmatic, or pretentious. In the case of Domino, it's all of the above.
  13. 50
    Features one of the more pointless cameos ever when Tom Waits shows up abruptly in the desert to spout mystical nonsense about Domino trading her life for somebody else's. The scene has absolutely no place in this jarring, violent movie; Waits is just another of Scott's distractions.
  14. 50
    Domino should have been a terrific anti-heroine, but the movie never gets deep enough inside this walking time bomb to reveal what makes her tick.
  15. 50
    The picture is an exercise in exploitation joi de vivre, and your enjoyment of it will depend on your tolerance for shameless, reckless, unredemptive violence with relatively little artistic or spiritual value. After all, there's a time and a place for everything.
  16. Given the decibel level of this movie, it's a miracle that these guys were able to give creditable performances. To give you an idea of the magnitude of the achievement: Imagine delivering a stirring rendition of the Gettysburg Address while standing under Niagara Falls.
  17. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Satisfying neither as character study nor as straight-ahead actioner.
  18. 40
    Scott's lack of faith in the script is all too evident -- in most scenes, the lines are so dull, he has to up the ante of his already-infamous attention-deficit style.
  19. So over-plotted that it's borderline incomprehensible.
  20. 40
    It's like a ferret on crystal meth that belatedly discovers ecstasy, and it's a tiresome trip either way.
  21. The reality-show producer played by Walken is described by his assistant (Suvari) as having the attention span of a "ferret on speed." I'm sure he would love Domino.
  22. The movie is quite off its rocker: Jerry Springer, Chrisopher Walken, Tom Waits as a roadside prophet, a miscast, nervous Lucy Liu as an FBI agent -- it's a feverish, violent jumble that's shot as if high on mescaline -- the drug, not the salad.
  23. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    You can't accuse this film of bogging down in cheap psychology, yet you come out dissatisfied and without a clue about what made this person tick.
  24. The truly appalling thing, though, is the stupidity of the screenplay by Richard Kelly.
  25. Domino is less a movie than a hyperkinetic slide show - presented during a nuclear attack.
  26. Scott means for his entertainment package to be hip, hysterical fun. But his stylistic embellishments and indiscriminate appetite for sensation crowds his title character right out of the film.
  27. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    I suspect Scott sees Domino as the ultimate provocation, his way of grabbing Hollywood by the throat and shouting, "You want reality??! I'll give you REALITY!!!" Sort of.
  28. 30
    The script, allegedly by "Donnie Darko's" Richard Kelly, throws together tangentially related plots like cats in a sack.
  29. 30
    Domino de-emphasizes the human element--not to mention such niceties as plot and clarity--to such a degree that only those who show up purely to watch combustibles go "boom" won't feel insulted.
  30. The movie is trash shot to look like art imitating trash.
  31. 25
    His [Director Tony Scott's] pornographic lust for bloodletting, gunplay, and out-of-control camerawork far exceeds his abilities to tell a story.
  32. In small doses, this looks kind of cool. For two hours, it's excruciating.
  33. Two hours of senselessness and overkill, decked out in lurid, bad-trip colors.
  34. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Domino is a new definition of a snuff movie. It snuffs out every vestige of feeling.
  35. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    Domino seemed to me the end of the world for movies--a glimpse of a future so excruciating that I'd prefer to take my chances with Hitchcock's eye-gouging avians.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 73 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 33
  2. Negative: 12 out of 33
  1. Jun 7, 2013
    You caught me...I love this movie way more than I probably should. I don't care what critics say about this one, I had one hell of a time withYou caught me...I love this movie way more than I probably should. I don't care what critics say about this one, I had one hell of a time with it. Underrated fun! Full Review »
  2. DavidV.
    Oct 14, 2005
    Probably the best movie of the millenium
  3. Oct 5, 2015
    This Movie in essence is A good,but not A great one.It seems that the Movie gets progressively ridiculous and downright stupid in A fewThis Movie in essence is A good,but not A great one.It seems that the Movie gets progressively ridiculous and downright stupid in A few parts.All the Actors on the Movie are great and the acting was actually quite outstanding.

    This Movie to Me suffers in the Audio department,The Rapper Xzibit has music throughout the movie in key parts,the trouble with that is one particular track not only starts from the opening credits,but continues and really after the first time that track grows tiresome and seems cheap.

    The Story also gets off the rails,without saying anything Spoiler-wise there are scenes that will make you shake your head in utter amazement of what just transpired.You can decide if it's for better or worse yourself,but I think that the Movie gets diluted A bit from this.

    Overall,The Movie is far from A bad Movie with great Actors giving very good performances.It's too bad the Soundtrack and exaggerated story line hurt it to the point that to Me will never be considered A true classic,just A good Saturday evening Movie that occasionally is shown on TV.
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