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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 38
  2. Negative: 6 out of 38
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Aug 21, 2014
    88
    This is one badass movie.
  2. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Aug 21, 2014
    75
    Despite its unsavory aspects, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is always a pleasure to observe, so artfully artificial with its green-screened backdrops and CGI props.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Aug 21, 2014
    63
    Alba is a showstopper in a fringed cowgirl outfit. But nine years wiser, we know that pretty things aren’t always worth killing for.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Aug 20, 2014
    50
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Aug 21, 2014
    50
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Aug 21, 2014
    40
    There is an interesting kernel of a story about beauty, betrayal and brutality inside each of the film's scenarios and a cast that could handle anything thrown at it. But the kernel never pops, and all we're really left with is a whole lot of neo-noir corn.
  7. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Aug 22, 2014
    0
    It’s so egregiously awful, so utterly without merit, that it makes its predecessor seem much worse by association. The film’s brainless, chest-beating brand of hyper-pulp calls into question whether Sin City was any good at all, or whether the novelty of its visuals and storytelling merely masked a howling nothingness at its core.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 63
  2. Negative: 13 out of 63
  1. Aug 22, 2014
    10
    This movie was AWESOME! Everything that I expected and more. It was a great follow up to the first Sin City. Either the people leaving badThis movie was AWESOME! Everything that I expected and more. It was a great follow up to the first Sin City. Either the people leaving bad reviews have not actually seen the movie, or they are not fans of Robert Rodriguez or comic books in general. This is the ONLY movie series out that is made to look and feel exactly like you are reading a comic. Everything about the movie has the comic book feel. The acting is spot on, the visual & special effects were beautiful to the eye. I could not look away. I have been waiting almost 10 years for this movie and I was not disappointed. If you are not a Robert Rodriguez fan and don't like comic books, this movie is not for you. For me, I would see it again and again. Now the wait begins for the Blu Ray Steelbook Collector's Edition. I can't wait!! Expand
  2. Aug 22, 2014
    9
    A return trip to Sin City worth taking, provided you enjoyed the first one. It loses some of the surprises and freshness the first had becauseA return trip to Sin City worth taking, provided you enjoyed the first one. It loses some of the surprises and freshness the first had because you know what to expect from the tone and content this time, but the stories keep things great. It's dark world and beautiful visuals that look like they were pulled straight out of a comic book means that fans won't be disappointed.

    Josh Brolin does a great job as Dwight before the face-change surgery. Doesn't do quite as good as Clive Owen did, and he makes the character feel different than before, but still great. However it might be hard to notice as he gets overshadowed by the fantastic Eva Green. She nails her character bringing all the sex appeal and manipulative qualities required. Surprisingly I do feel she's naked too much. There are scenes where it makes sense for her to be naked, and she's got a great body so I'm not complaining about the view, but often more than a few of the nude scenes feel thrown in for fan-service. She's still great though.

    I'm amazed to say there's actually someone who steals the show from Green for once, and that's Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He's excellent as always and his plot was my favorite in the movie. If someone could and was going to steal the show from Green it would've been him, and he does despite her bare TNA and excellent performance. It's also great to see Mickey Rourke back as Marv even if his character just ends up playing sidekick to the others when they need some skulls busted. It still leads to some excellent violence though.

    Getting to see Alba's "Nancy" more involved in the action is also a surprising treat, although her plot does throw a few kinks in the timeline. I guess her facial scars just healed before Marv's plot in the first movie, which her plot in this one takes place before of. Still fun though.

    All around it's just another awesome Sin City movie. Not quite true noir, but takes enough cues from the genre in order to feel unique. Because of that we get some awesome narration. If you liked the first Sin City then you should like this. I don't see why you wouldn't, even if you don't see it as just as good. For me it was another unforgettable, awesome, dark, and blood-soaked trip back to the dark streets, and I loved every second of it.
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  3. Aug 27, 2014
    8
    i think this movie is great! My favorite thing about it was the art style, i think it's just a really cool movie and that the story along withi think this movie is great! My favorite thing about it was the art style, i think it's just a really cool movie and that the story along with the action worked very well together, although a little bit corny at times. The only thing i would say that might turn viewers off of this movie is that it really ties with the first movie, and if you haven't seen the first one then you might find yourself being a little bit lost in this one. Expand
  4. Oct 16, 2014
    6
    Considering the unique style of this movie and how it is made very close knit with the graphic novels it comes from, initially, without anyConsidering the unique style of this movie and how it is made very close knit with the graphic novels it comes from, initially, without any background on Frank Miller or the Sin City world, this just seems like a reckless opportunity to show sex/nudity and violence galore...of which it did. But, because of the style it stems from I still think it was entertaining and well done. These random strips of scenes are meant to simply plunge into the happenings of each character and to further characterize Sin City itself, not really to create a nice flowing stream of story line as was established in the first film. Although, on a scene to scene basis, the first Sin City was more disciplined and they were easier to connect to each other, which is why I don't give this one a great score. Definitely not a show for kids or even teens. And because every character is so important to the details of Sin City, to even try a movie like this you need the best actors available, with that they did well. Easily Jessica Alba's best performance and Joseph Gordon-levitt went above and beyond what I could have expected. Mickey Rourke's defining character once again, gotta love Marv. Wish there was more Bruce Willis though. Josh Brolin was solid but I really wish Clive could have come back...oh well. Eva Green is so lovely. I wouldn't be able to resist her, I'll be honest... The comic-to-movie attempts are often hit and miss, but Sin City claims a spot all its own far away from the good vs. evil superhero conflicts which are becoming very common these days. For that, they deserve props. Expand
  5. Nov 11, 2014
    5
    First one was much better. This was just average. While acting was good thew story was very lame and boring. I'm not a big fan of the styleFirst one was much better. This was just average. While acting was good thew story was very lame and boring. I'm not a big fan of the style used either. Expand
  6. Aug 22, 2014
    4
    Warning, poor English ahead.

    Being a huge fan of both the original movie and the graphic novels, my expectations for this belated sequel
    Warning, poor English ahead.

    Being a huge fan of both the original movie and the graphic novels, my expectations for this belated sequel were pretty high, even though all the cast changes and a bunch of not-so-great trailers didn't really paint a very hopeful picture.
    Long story short, Sin City 2 ended up being the first movie I ever walked out on. The distinctive visual style and excessive gore is there, too bad not much else is

    First off, central 'towering' characters like Marv (Rourke) or Manute this time around look surprisingly unintimidating & unimpressive at best or just plain ridiculous for the most of the movie.
    And since they both on screen for the good half of the movie time it made it that much more difficult to take anything seriously.

    The writing has taken a nosedive in quality too and you can really feel it during the newly added story segments by Miller (who somehow managed to write himself into the movie as 3 different characters just for the f**k of it) , especially the whole 'Nancy (J. Alba) turning super saiyan' story line and especially the cringeworthy final act.

    Talking about the good parts of the movie, Brolin turned in a really great and stand out performance as pre-op Dwight, even though the opportuinity to bring back Clive Owen (who played the same character in the previous movie) was missed as they decided to just throw in a wig on Brolin's bold head to somehow justify the character's full face surgery and called it a day. The same can be said about the main villain of the movie - senator Roark (played by Powers Boothe) who's as menacing and power-crazed as ever.

    If fapping for 40 minutes on Eva Green's prominent body parts is not your sole reason behind watching this sequel, I highly suggest you saving yourself a trip to the movie theater. Otherwise, you are setting yourself up for a one tedious, occasionally painfully bad and ultimately disappointing 90 minute experience.
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  7. Aug 25, 2014
    0
    I know sequels are often an exercise in disappointment, but even my low set of demands and expectations was let down in this sequel. You willI know sequels are often an exercise in disappointment, but even my low set of demands and expectations was let down in this sequel. You will get literally nothing but sex and violence. I realize that must sound like a no brainer for anyone who got to witness the first movie, but trust me when I say finer qualities from the first movie are absent, even it's fine cast could not save it from being a sloppy mess completely absent of storytelling. Expand

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