Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 40
  2. Negative: 2 out of 40
  1. 100
    This isn't an adaptation of a comic book, it's like a comic book brought to life and pumped with steroids.
  2. The visually stunning Sin City has grit to spare and a thrilling undercurrent of morality.
  3. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    100
    I loved it. Or, to put it another way, I loved it, I loved it, I loved it. I loved every gorgeous sick disgusting ravishing overbaked blood-spurting artificial frame of it.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    100
    Sin City is brazenly, thrillingly alive.
  5. 100
    It's a guaranteed must-see for its generation. Sin City has a long, long shelf life ahead.
  6. 100
    Two hours and six minutes has never seemed so much like two and six-tenths seconds. It's pure pulp metafiction.
  7. 91
    Some things in Sin City are almost too much to watch: the violence, the cruelty, the irredeemable evil. But it's irresistibly magnetic because it serves as a barely distorted mirror to our world.
  8. 90
    Sin City is the first mainstream American picture I've seen this year that feels even remotely brash or original. It's a hard, viciously funny little movie, one with all the subtlety of a billy club. But there's artistry here.
  9. 89
    Honestly, this ultra-noir adaptation of Frank Miller's black-and-white cult comic series is a visual feast ripped straight from the original medium's blood-soaked pages.
  10. 88
    The worst thing I can say about this savage, sexy and ferociously funny screen translation of three stories from Frank Miller's Sin City series of graphic novels is that it's too much of a good thing.
  11. Sin City is an evil place, full of awful people, an obsessive movie full of monomaniacal tough guys. Yet when Miller and Rodriguez move it into gear, noir lives.
  12. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    88
    Occasionally very funny, the picture tends to coast on its cosmetics. A first-rate script might have made it a twisted masterpiece.
  13. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    88
    Tarantino may have nicked the title first, but this is the real ''Pulp Fiction," with all the drama and the dead ends that implies.
  14. 88
    The most visually inventive comic book adaptation to make its way to a movie screen.
  15. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    88
    A rough-and-tumble magnum opus of digital filmmaking that thrillingly basks in the sick, slick, sexy and quick-witted excesses of its imaginatively mutant stylizations.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 648 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 57 out of 295
  1. Sep 24, 2011
    8
    "Sin City", a neo noir movie based on the graphic novel, is a beautiful film. It films in glorious black and white with rich story segments and artistic brutality. Simply a dazzling crime movie that has everything one craves for. Full Review »
  2. Jul 21, 2014
    9
    Sin City is grisly, violent, and over-the-top in all the best ways. The stunning cinematography, taught direction, and electrifying script make it one of the best modern film noirs. Full Review »
  3. May 24, 2013
    9
    Spilt into chapters Sin City is a faithful adaptation of three of Frank Millers violent, but brilliantly written, Sin City stories. Shot largely in black and white using Millers graphic novels as story boards director Rodriguez has been able to create a visual feast the likes of which still hasn't been matched.

    Fortunately the stories themselves are able to match the visuals with each of the three fast-paced and engaging chapters providing truly memorable heroes and villains that take full advantage of the impressively talented cast. An all out success just sit back and enjoy two hours of fantastic entertainment.
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