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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
    This is one badass movie.
  2. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Aug 21, 2014
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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: 32 out of 56
  2. Negative: 12 out of 56
  1. Aug 22, 2014
    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 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 28, 2014
    This movie has been my most anticipated film for a very long time, I am a huge fan of the 2005 original for being so unique and the art direction took by Rodriguez and Miller. I admire Rodriguez for making the films shot for shot identical to their corresponding stories from the comic book series. The fact that Josh Brolin and Joseph Gordon Levitt starring in the sequel just made it even sweeter. It must be said as well that Mickey Rourke IS a badass as Marv once again and Eva Green gives a stunning performance as the manipulative femme fatale Ava Lorde. The story is made up of four stories. Two from the comic books and two original stories written for the film by Frank Miller. I found them all very enjoyable and the opening story, Just Another Saturday Night brilliantly set the tone for the film; very gritty storytelling and violence with a touch of humour from time to time. The majority of the cast give flawless performances ranging from Joseph Gordon Levitt's cocky gambler character to Josh Brolin's Dwight struggling with his past. Jessica Alba is the only weak link as expected but still gives a respectable performance as Nancy Callaghan. I only wish that Michael Clarke Duncan could have returned as Manute if he were still with us but Dennis Haysbert more than makes up for his absense and Jaime Chung is a sufficient replacement for Devon Aoki, and of course Clive Owen is absent as well due to the story taking place before Dwight has his face changed.

    In closing, A Dame to Kill For may not be for everyone because of it's over the top violence and style of storytelling but a large amount of people should find the movie enjoyable including the fans of the original. Please go see this so that there may be a possibility of a third in the future even if it takes another nine years.
  3. Sep 22, 2014
    Great action , violent , that Comic Book feel , Film Noir and the black and white . The bad , annoying pole dancing , other than Brolin's character and story the rest needed more screen time . And yes , Eva Green stole the show again ! Expand
  4. Sep 25, 2014
    Review: I am going to break this review into four segments each containing the review for one "Comic"

    Just Another Saturday Night: Shortest
    of the four. Enjoyable as it brings you back into Sin City, and introduces you to Marv. 7/10

    The Long Bad Night: While enjoyable it didn't really have that much to it. It basically just showed how Rourke was a bad dude. Joseph Gordon Levitt's character was alright nothing that special. Biggest problem with this story is that is really doesn't go anywhere, but nonetheless it was entertaining to watch. 6/10

    A Dame to Kill For: This story follows Dwight as he tries to maintain control of himself and things get a lot harder when his ex lover comes back into his life. This was in one word lame. It is the worst of the four stories and the main one too. The only redeeming quality it had was a fight at the end of it. Rest of it was uninteresting and boring. 3/10

    Nancy's Last Dance: By far the best segment of the film. It follows Nancy Callahan 4 years after the events of the original Sin City movie, and it is really interesting to see her dealing with those events. This one really grabs your attention, and brings back what you loved about the first one. 9/10

    Other Thoughts: Just as in the first one, the art style is very nice and visually stunning. It is something different and the acting is solid all around here. Doesn't get you emotionally into the story as the first one did. If you're a fan of the first one this is good watch and if your not you can skip this one.
  5. Oct 2, 2014
    Eva Green 10 out of 10, "A Dame To Kill For", yea right pull the other one. Emo Aguilera, NOOOOOO WTF. MIho looked goth over ninja, Gail's bumper looked massive.The only cool part in this movie was Levitt. The rest of it was in dire repetition. A ride to be watched, but that was it. Entirely Forgettable . Expand
  6. Oct 23, 2014
    Started off so badly that it made me want to stop watching and ended up being a pretty average movie. Nothing really stands out. The acting is average and the story wasn't any where near as satisfying either. I expected a heck of a lot better and I am very disappointed with it. Still, Not a terrible movie, simply disappointing. Expand
  7. Aug 25, 2014
    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 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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