Domino

Metascore
36

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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  1. Reviewed by: Sam Toy
    60
    Individual sequences are all impeccably assembled, Rourke's grizzled vet chips in some memorable deadpan dialogue.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Sure, it's amusing, but it isn't much more.
  5. 50
    Yes, the film is interesting, but it doesn't work.
  6. 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.
  7. Reviewed by: Stina Chyn
    50
    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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    40
    Satisfying neither as character study nor as straight-ahead actioner.
  13. 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.
  14. So over-plotted that it's borderline incomprehensible.
  15. 40
    It's like a ferret on crystal meth that belatedly discovers ecstasy, and it's a tiresome trip either way.
  16. 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.
User Score
5.0

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
    6
    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
    10
    Probably the best movie of the millenium
  3. Oct 5, 2015
    4
    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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