Metascore
36

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 36
  2. Negative: 15 out of 36
  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. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    63
    Among the year's ultraviolent pulp movies, "Sin City" was prettier and "The Devil's Rejects" more focused.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    63
    It now seems that style has completely replaced substance in Scott's films, and he leaves gaping holes in his heroine's character.
  6. Reviewed by: Sam Toy
    60
    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. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 50
    Yes, the film is interesting, but it doesn't work.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Sure, it's amusing, but it isn't much more.
  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. 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.
  18. Reviewed by: James C. Taylor
    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. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    40
    Satisfying neither as character study nor as straight-ahead actioner.
  21. 40
    It's like a ferret on crystal meth that belatedly discovers ecstasy, and it's a tiresome trip either way.
  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. Domino is less a movie than a hyperkinetic slide show - presented during a nuclear attack.
  24. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    38
    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.
  25. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    38
    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.
  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. The truly appalling thing, though, is the stupidity of the screenplay by Richard Kelly.
  28. 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.
  29. 30
    The script, allegedly by "Donnie Darko's" Richard Kelly, throws together tangentially related plots like cats in a sack.
  30. Two hours of senselessness and overkill, decked out in lurid, bad-trip colors.
  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. The movie is trash shot to look like art imitating trash.
  33. In small doses, this looks kind of cool. For two hours, it's excruciating.
  34. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    0
    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.
  35. Domino is a new definition of a snuff movie. It snuffs out every vestige of feeling.
User Score
5.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 68 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 32
  2. Negative: 12 out of 32
  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 with it. Underrated fun! Full Review »
  2. DavidV.
    Oct 14, 2005
    10
    Probably the best movie of the millenium
  3. Sep 12, 2014
    7
    I actually liked Keira Knightley in this movie - which is pretty good.

    The movie is visually challenging at places, as is the plot between
    "this happened" and "oh no it didn't". But the push and pull would work really well after another watch or two, I'm sure.

    All in all, the movie is a bit chaotic and crude - which works really well for this piece.
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