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Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic 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: James Mottram
    Aug 20, 2014
    80
    Not as groundbreaking as the original, nor as expansive as all the best sequels are. But with some excellent cast additions, and Miller on murky form, this still sizzles to the touch.
  3. Reviewed by: Sheila O'Malley
    Aug 22, 2014
    75
    At least in Sin City women are full-on goddesses: powerful and awful, with big needs, willing to go to the mat to get what they want. In other films, the flat portrayal of women seems like a failure of the imagination.
  4. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Aug 22, 2014
    75
    This movie is mostly about visual razzle-dazzle and riffing on film noir conceits. Rodriguez hasn't deviated far from his mission statement for the original and that's a good thing for Sin City fans.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Aug 25, 2014
    70
    Gaudily entertaining, occasionally wearying sequel.
  7. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Aug 20, 2014
    67
    Visually, the film’s technique is thrilling. There’s hardly a camera setup anywhere that doesn’t look like it could be a frame ripped from a comic book or graphic novel.
  8. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Aug 21, 2014
    63
    You could argue that the only thing that’s automatic about A Dame to Kill For, really, is some of the firepower that its hardcases are packing.
  9. 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.
  10. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    Sep 22, 2014
    60
    The weakness is in the material: these are second-string Miller yarns... But the vision remains uncompromising and it dazzles far more than any sequel should.
  11. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Aug 21, 2014
    60
    It has a nose for what's cool, but is completely inept at execution.
  12. Reviewed by: James White
    Aug 20, 2014
    60
    A Dame To Kill For shares some of the downsides of the first, particularly dubious female characterisation. But this retains the gritty, gruelling vice-grip on graphic-novel noir that made Sin City so enjoyable.
  13. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Aug 20, 2014
    60
    Sin City 2 glowers and sulks and is determined to show you the best bad time you’ve had in years. It’s neither high art nor noir, but it’s what a Sin City film should be.
  14. Reviewed by: Stephen Whitty
    Aug 22, 2014
    58
    There's an all-the-scenery-you-can-eat appearance by the deliciously mad Eva Green, too, who spends most of the movie even more naked (and nuttier) than she was in "300: Rise of an Empire." The ever-wry Joseph Gordon-Levitt also shows up as a cocky gambler, while a simian Josh Brolin takes over from Clive Owen as Dwight.
  15. Reviewed by: Jason Clark
    Aug 22, 2014
    58
    The overall effect is less titillating than numbing.
  16. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Aug 20, 2014
    58
    If you’re not looking for reinvention and loved the first "Sin City," then you'll probably love this one too. It's a gorgeous-to-look-at, brain-splattered case of "more of the same."
  17. 50
    The highest-gloss revenge porn imaginable. It’s hard to believe that so much visual elegance has been brought to bear on material so ugly, and yet the disjunction is intentional, and the film is all of a piece.
  18. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Aug 21, 2014
    50
    It’s less startling than it was when the first Sin City was released in 2005, maybe even quaint, like a black-light Jimi Hendrix poster from the ’60s.
  19. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Aug 21, 2014
    50
    Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is as visually imaginative as its predecessor.
  20. 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.
  21. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Aug 21, 2014
    50
    To stay fresh, you have to evolve. Rodriguez and Miller have stayed the same.
  22. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Aug 21, 2014
    50
    If Rodriguez had any selectivity as an action director and a purveyor of garish thrills, the violence might have an impact beyond benumbing the spectator. "Sin City 2" keeps piling on, flipping the visual pages and selling the same ancient lessons in misogyny that real noir, or neo-noir, exploited yet transcended.
  23. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Aug 21, 2014
    50
    Miller's monochrome palette, splashed with color that shines like a whore's lip gloss, doesn't startle as it once did. It's like running into an ex-love and realizing that, damn, the thrill is gone.
  24. 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.
  25. 50
    "A Dame to Kill For” isn’t the shock to the system “Sin City” was. But whatever its plot repetition and warmed-over tough talk cost it, this is still a movie like few others you’ve ever seen, a 3D slice of Nihilistic noir that will have you narrating your own guts and guns story on the drive home, chewing on a toothpick as you do.
  26. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Aug 21, 2014
    42
    In just about every way, the film is an inferior sequel — dumber, flatter, lacking even the barbaric extremity of its predecessor. Where’s a flesh-eating Elijah Wood when you need him?
  27. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Aug 22, 2014
    40
    [Eva] Green is the only one able to excite this silly material into the spiky shape it’s supposed to take. You wish the rest of the cast was as clued in.
  28. 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.
  29. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Aug 21, 2014
    40
    The best antidote to all the glowering and posing is Eva Green: As Ava, the titular dame, she’s nothing short of a godsend.
  30. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Aug 21, 2014
    40
    The sequel to one of the most visually striking movies of the last 10 years continues the graphic novel-inspired landscape of its predecessor. But the characters don’t click, and the action feels dull.
  31. Reviewed by: Jamie Neish
    Aug 21, 2014
    40
    As much as the sequel aches to remind audiences of what they liked first time round, it struggles to establish itself as its own unique entity.
  32. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Aug 19, 2014
    40
    Green is sexy, funny, dangerous, and wild -- everything the film needed to be -- and whenever she's not on-screen, we feel her absence as though the sun has blinked off.
  33. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Aug 20, 2014
    38
    Whereas a single, stinging one-liner would have sufficed Jacques Tourneur or Fritz Lang, Frank Miller's overcompensating flood of pulpy dialogue only renders his characters flat and sans empathy.
  34. Reviewed by: Drew McWeeny
    Aug 21, 2014
    33
    This entire film is like someone raised a kid in a room, cut off from all contact with the outside world, and all he had was a stack of Hustlers, a stack of Soldier of Fortunes, and a bunch of black-and-white stills from old detective movies, and at the age of 14, that kid gets turned loose and spends two hours screaming in your face about these stories he's been writing.
  35. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Aug 20, 2014
    30
    It takes at least a sliver of human interest to make a noir pastiche more than the sum of its influences, and anything resembling authentic feeling has been neatly airbrushed away from this movie’s synthetic surface.
  36. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Aug 21, 2014
    25
    Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is still a visual buffet, but adding 102 more minutes of double crosses, slow torture and hookers with hearts of gold just exposes the tediousness of the exercise.
  37. Reviewed by: Alonso Duralde
    Aug 20, 2014
    10
    For a film loaded with decapitations and gun-toting ladies in bondage gear, Sin City gets really tedious really quickly.
  38. 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.
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 229 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 59
  2. Negative: 13 out of 59
  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!! Full Review »
  2. Aug 23, 2014
    0
    This movie is so bad I made an account just to say how bad this movie is. I want people to read this review and then not go see the movie.This movie is so bad I made an account just to say how bad this movie is. I want people to read this review and then not go see the movie. The people who made this movie need to be punished for stealing 2 hours of my life away from me. No one should have to pay to be stolen from. People on the internet, and the media, like to throw around the words, Hitler, and Nazi, so much so that it almost loses all meaning, as they try to apply it to trivialities. Now, it finally applies, the makers of this movie are Nazis, and Frank Miller is Hitler. Full Review »
  3. Aug 23, 2014
    1
    Unlike the original Sin City, which I did enjoy, Dame To Kill For fails to interweave the various story lines into a coherent plot. The filmUnlike the original Sin City, which I did enjoy, Dame To Kill For fails to interweave the various story lines into a coherent plot. The film tries to build a moody, gritty, noir feel, at the expense of building any sensibility into the characters or sympathy for their various plights. The justifications for the action sequences are ham fisted into place, and the visuals are at times laughably out of place, rather than stylistically atmospheric. Dramatic moments were made laughable by the lack of subtly, light hearted moments passed virtually unnoticed. By far the worst movie I’ve seen in some time, first movie I ever considered walking out of, I wish I had. Full Review »