So seduced by the visual possibilities of sin that style becomes its own vice.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Sin City has been made with such scrupulous care and obvious love for its genre influences that it's a shame the movie is kind of a bore.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
It'll be interesting to see how time treats City's novelty value once live action/computer screen hybrids become more common. Right now it looks like one of the movies that will define its year even more than the Kill Bill duo did.
Mike Clark - USA Today
Two hours and six minutes has never seemed so much like two and six-tenths seconds. It's pure pulp metafiction.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
Rodriguez and company have so faithfully captured Miller's essence, there's something beautiful about the whole thing. It's an act of inspired reverence.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Sin City is the first great Hollywood joy ride of the year.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Rodriguez loves his material so much that he embalmed it.
J. Hoberman - Village Voice
Mixing live-action with computer-generated images, it looks like the novels, talks and bleeds like the novels, is as muscular and voluptuous as the novels -- and it leaves you breathless as only a movie can.
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
While Sin City on screen evokes the same feeling of bottomless decadence and dread that the novels do, there is one crucial difference -- you can put the novels down.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Except for the striking images, it starts to fade even as you're watching it. It is such a bold and striking movie, however, that for the first time we can appreciate the full potential of what Rodriguez has wrought.
Eric Harrison - Houston Chronicle
Sin City is one of those films that you know going in is either going to be super-cool or ultra-awful. And in this case, depending on how you look at it, you can't lose or you can't win, because it's both.
Tom Maurstad - Dallas Morning News
This big-screen treatment of Miller's graphic novels is a soft- core marathon of stylized mayhem, flesh-pot excess and cinematic pretense.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
If Raymond Chandler and Daffy Duck could have produced a child, Sin City would be their baby.
Ken Tucker - New York Magazine
Can bring more pain than satisfaction.
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
It's a visualization of the pulp noir imagination, uncompromising and extreme. Yes, and brilliant.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
A movie of such high style, done in such a spirit of electrifying fun and creativity, that it kisses the blood right off its own violent hands.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
A worthwhile piece of eye candy.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
Ultimately comes off as an exercise in cold-blooded stylishness, uninvolving and overlong at 2 hours and 6 minutes.
Dan DeLuca - Philadelphia Inquirer
I can't endorse the content, but I can't dismiss the presentation. Sin City is superlative filmmaking in service of a poisonous view of humanity. It's a dangerous work of art.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
It's loud, large, sick and a whole lot of fun.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Every now and then, a movie does more than gamely defend the status quo but actually advances the art form. So it is with Sin City, a stunning, brutal vision of a city gone mad.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
In the end, I have to say I liked Sin City almost in spite of myself.
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
Miller's world of rough customers living on the wild side possesses a sordid allure, which the directors dazzlingly deliver to the screen.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
Unlike anything you've ever seen before.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Watch it, listen to it. Just don't chew on it too much. It's not great art, and it's not great literature. It is just the flat-out coolest looking movie to come along in years.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
You've got to hand it to Miller and Rodriguez. Their Sin City is no place for tourists.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
Sin City gives sin a great name -- it's never been more plentiful or looked so gorgeous. What a visually stunning film this is.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
It's a hard, viciously funny little movie, one with all the subtlety of a billy club. But there's artistry here, too.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
I loved it, I loved it, I loved it. I loved every gorgeous sick disgusting ravishing overbaked blood-spurting artificial frame of it.
David Edelstein - Slate
There's something to appreciate around every corner -- the gritty characters, the uncompromising story, and, most of all, visuals to astound and amaze.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
The major problem is that after about 10 minutes, you've seen all the movie's tricks. The look is hypnotic yet never changes.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
With a huge, well-chosen cast and the blessing of Miller, who was on set as Rodriguez's co-director, Sin City is a gloriously stylized world unlike anything you've seen before on screen.
David Germain - Associated Press
For all its astronomical body count, Sin City is brazenly, thrillingly alive.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
Sin City is a hard, cold, relentless assault. It's also something Hollywood seems to have given up on: a bold, uncompromised vision.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
The movie feels like a reductive exercise. Rodriguez might have accomplished what he set out to do, but I'm not sure he's done anyone any favors.
Carina Chocano - Los Angeles Times
The cast is excellent and the computer-generated visuals are consistently stunning. Too bad the narration sounds like a string of cliches from creaky old detective novels.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
This extremely violent movie is NOT for kids.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
On one hand, Robert Rodriguez drenches "Sin City" in his usual monsoon of ironic, macho macabre. On the other, do-gooder pride prove as dangerous as broads or bad guys, offering a thematically gray complement to arctic-white, inkblot-black visuals.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
My own trajectory while watching Sin City--excited, bored, offended...back to bored...roll credits
Jay Antani - Cinema Writer
Sin City is the most accurate adaptation ever done of a comic book.
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Hot chicks, big guns, bad ass bruisers, what more could you ask for?
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
"Sin City" is a high contrast tour de force cinematic adaptation of Frank Miller's hugely popular and wickedly grotesque graphic novel homage to the hard-boiled style of Dashell Hammett and Mickey Spillane.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
A Ground-Breaking Piece of Film-Noir Fantasy.
Steve Biodrowski - Cinefantastique
...a gleaming pop revelation, a completely realized vision...
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Eager to blaze trails for desktop moviemaking, what did these artists do? Throw fuel on the fires of viewers' basest appetites.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
While the book succeeded in pushing the boundaries of its medium, the film merely feels like a triumph of technology.
Trevor Johnston - Time Out New York
About as close to geek heaven as a film adaptation has ever been.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
For those who revel in this kind of adrenaline rush spectator sport, let the games begin.
Prairie Miller - Long Island Press
For all its visual razzle-dazzle and enjoyably bad-ass attitude, there's something curiously empty about Sin City.
Ethan Alter - Film Journal International
The world Miller and Rodriguez have created is so bleak and nasty it's difficult to see what lasting value any sort of redemption could have here.
Peter T. Chattaway - Christianity Today
Immensely likable and ultimately cool.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
For the guys it's Rodriguez's best film by far and a treat for fans of good-looking girls in black-and-white, of classic film noir and of imaginative ultra-violence.
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
What an electric cast!
KJ Doughton - Film Threat
An instant movie classic.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
It is bare, and bold, and necessary.
Greg Wilson - Film Threat
Su verdadera fuerza radica en una historia que refleja el grado de degradacion social, espiritual y emocional al que podemos llegar los habitantes de las grandes ciudades.
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
Its creators invent a queasily intoxicating new world.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
Si bien impresiona su deslumbrante estilo visual, luego de un rato no solo no sorprende sino que las historias lucen irregulares y reiterativas.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
Is Sin City the most accomplished mediocre movie in recent history?
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
There are three types of performances in "Sin City". There are the satisfactory, the passable and the women.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
For all its excesses, the movie is enormously fascinating, mostly entertaining, and always a delight to the eyes and ears (if not always to the stomach).
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
SINiestra, pero SINsacional
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
Comic, sexy, and ultraviolent -- one of the best films of the year!
David N. Butterworth - rec.arts.movies.reviews
A stunning explosion of black and white, with splashes of red.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Stunning, astounding, jaw dropping.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
If you can look past its veneer of shed blood, broken bodies and the rat-a-tat-tat talk of its hardboiled tough guys, Sin City is a thing of savage beauty.
Frank Houston - Palm Beach Daily News
Deixa de ser um entretenimento escapista (embora funcione bem neste nivel) e torna-se palco de uma curiosa - e inesperada - discussao sobre as relacoes entre os sexos.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Time was when movie-makers, even laws-unto- themselves such as Sam Peckinpah, could be trusted to examine the consequences of living every moment in mortal danger: violence meant something more to them than simple connoisseurship.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
Unlike anything else you'll see at the cinema this year.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
The look of it remains exceptional, a high-contrast monochrome showcase of sheeting rain, shattering glass and white-on-black silhouettes, with occasional motifs picked out in vivid colour.
Ben Walters - Time Out
It's violent, it's sexist, it's cliched and it's trashy. And for once those are all plus-points.
Joe Utichi - FilmFocus
[A] fiercely original crime anthology that hits right between the eyes with a striking blend of old-school noir and newfangled comicbook visuals.
Stella Papamichael - BBC
I was thoroughly entertained.
Steven Snyder - Zertinet Movies
Sin City will leave you reeling and unsure whether to laugh or recoil in horror, and it'll stay with you for weeks.
Michelle Thomas - Future Movies UK
Sigmund Freud probably would have had a field day with this one.
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi - Broomfield Enterprise
[I]f you go for the dimensionless, porny style, hey, unbuckle and enjoy.
Alan Dale - Blogcritics.org
For those with a penchant for pulp, Sin City is one guilty pleasure.
Mark Sells - Oregon Herald
Sin City's noir trappings are just empty attitude.
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
Take the scene from Braveheart where Mel Gibson rides up on to the Scottish Lord's bed with his horse and drills him in the face with a mace. Now multiply that by a hundred.
Oz - eFilmCritic.com
Too brutal and gratuitous to appreciate the stunning visuals.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
Looks absolutely amazing, but it remains an exercise in style over substance that never gets beneath our skin.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Time will tell if Sin City is more than its moment, but at the moment, it's definitely one of the most interesting films on the planet.
Collin Souter - eFilmCritic.com
A dark, depressing, dismal descent into graphic violence without pain masquerading as comic-book stylistic filmmaking. Hard to believe anybody could find this entertaining.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
'...this is definitely a place you need to visit.'
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
With great panache and a broad wink at its audience, "Sin City" cranks up the heat and dices up the double-talk.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
A half a notch below the Kill Bill films but very much worth seeing.
Vince Koehler - Entertainment Spectrum
Its kinetic energy and embrace of film noir tropes provide a surge of adrenaline and testosterone for the fanboy universe.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Expands the geography of Hollywood's junky anti-aesthetic...There are a million stories in Rodriguez's hellish, half-naked city, and all of them stink to high heaven.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
Beautiful craftsmanship, at times, even magnificent, but weakens, repeats, can't keep itself together.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
...a swaggering and ultra-violent flashy film noir with a sordid imagination...[a] colorful crime fantasy that radiates with lurid edginess
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
Distraught, ornery, self-critical, these heroes are certainly more "anti" types than straight-ahead.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Sin City is the best comic book movie ever made.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Even people who don't like Sin City should find its images unforgettable. And - in this time of disposable blockbusters - that is a rare compliment.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
Sin City translates the cool swagger and ultra-violence of Frank Miller's graphic novels to the screen with high fidelity.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Batman would get his butt kicked in Sin City ...
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
This noir-ish study in black and white works with ravishing efficiency.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
'They don't call it Sin City for nothing.'
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
Violent pornography ... it's about as enjoyable as being bludgeoned to death.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Although Rodriquez grabs Miller's dialogue and uses his breathtaking panels as storyboards, he loses the connections and tragic back stories of the protagonists.
Susan Tavernetti - Palo Alto Weekly
...might just be the most extravagantly brutal live-action cartoon ever made.
Lance Goldenberg - Weekly Planet (Tampa, FL)
Despite the drawbacks of adhering so slavishly to Miller, the devotion also makes Sin City somewhat awesome, at least at its surface.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
I have more respect than affection for this admittedly successful effort to give a film the feel of a graphic novel.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Violence is everywhere, but I couldn't take my eyes off the screen.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Sin City is a hard R movie for 12 year olds, and I know that in junior high school this would have been my favorite movie of the year.
Devin Faraci - CHUD
The violence is so frequent and so blatant, that we quickly become immune, which is a good thing, letting us focus on the story and the actors.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
As entertaining as it is disturbing -- and as disturbing as it is entertaining.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
The Geeks 'be a slobbering, and for good reason. This movie shows up to kick the audience's butt.
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
As close to a museum-quality work of visual art as Hollywood as ever seen.
Gabriel Shanks - Mixed Reviews
destined to become a cult classic
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
'Sin City' won't move you or inspire deep thought, but it might rattle you and make you sweat, with all that stark black-and-white heat.
Mark Collette - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
If ever a movie was guilty of overkill it is this one. The excesses overwhelm the senses and make the biggest "sin" a lack of entertainment.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
You can see the strip even while being awed by the film.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
(Robert) Rodriguez and his cohorts succeed for the most part. If this beguiling world of violence and degradation ... lacks in anything, it's knowing when to quit.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
Rodriguez again densely packs the story with multiple narratives, but wisely realizes this time that he doesn't have Tarntino's facility with inverting formula.
Todd Gilchrist - FilmStew.com
Robert Rodriguez is one audaciously talented man.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
After a while, I felt slimed, covered with a film like the ring around a bathtub, but there is no denying the film's look and its power.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Jessica Alba is the kind of dame you want to swing with, even if it's by a grimy rope from a tree.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
Rodriguez has parlayed his genius for cutting-edge digital filmmaking along with Miller's intriguing noir story and artwork into something fresh and stylistically detailed.
Diana Saenger - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
[It] plays like a cross between Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow and Pulp Fiction.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Cliched characters mutter dated noir dialogue through sadistic stories you can predict in your sleep.
Sean O'Connell - Charlotte Weekly
A fun movie? Yes. A cool movie? You bet. But a masterpiece? Not really.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
a brilliant paradox: It looks like nothing you've ever seen before, but it's assembled out of parts so familiar they are cliches
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Violence. Gore. Grit. Quentin Tarantino. If you haven't stopped reading by now, you may be part of the appreciative audience of "Sin City."
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
For those who enjoy their tough-guy testosterone straight up, no chaser, it's a 120-proof sucker punch to the cinematic solar plexus.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
I didn't like Sin City as much as I admired it.
Jonathan W. Hickman - Entertainment Insiders
Artistically it has a lot going for it.
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
Capturing the full comic book flavor alone doesn't make it a good movie.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
There may not be a lot of Gertrude Steinian 'there there' in Sin City, but there's plenty of style, and some fine direction by Robert Rodriguez.
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
This film has style but no grace.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
If nothing else, you have never seen a movie like Sin City before.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
The relentless carnage grows numbing and unwholesome.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Intriguing, fascinating, murderous!
Michael Szymanski - Zap2it.com
Despite repetitivenes, the charismatic actors and stylization brings the audience into the scene.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Grotesquely violent but weirdly beautiful.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
A half-hour too long, brutal, crude and relentlessly juvenile, a work designed to appeal to the anti-social 13-year-old inside all of us.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
See with your eyes and Sin City may knock them out. See through them, however, and you'll see how empty these shadowy streets truly are.
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
To remember Sin City hours later is to remember from a different part of the brain that remembers conventional movies.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
It's Rourke who locates the humor in the movie's wildly exaggerated violence, and captures the comic book spirit of the piece.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
While this plunge into darkness is in the soul of film noir, there is something completely false and silly about the overlay of morality, which seems enslaved by macho masochism.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
Doesn't so much duplicate Miller's uncompromising black-and-white images spattered with gouts of primary color as cross them with the glistening grays of film noir.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
One of the vilest and most disgusting films I've ever seen. It's too concerned with being cool, brutal and shocking, not being GOOD.
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
A sullen, audacious, implausible fantasy that deliberately delivers a non-stop barrage of graphic cruelty and violence
Susan Granger - Modamag.com
For about an hour Sin City is a guilty pleasure. After that it's just guilty of being self-indulgent and self-congratulatory.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
...Rodriguez's obsession with painstakingly recreating a comic book on screen makes him punch through the medium of film into something with a hollow heart.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Not a quarter of an hour could tick away on the hands of time before someone was shot, stabbed, electrocuted, exploded, emasculated, decapitated or eaten. It was beautiful.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
Without doubt the most visually stunning live action transfer of the comic book format to the big screen ever made.
(CNN.com) Paul Clinton - CNN.com
It's easy to appreciate the artistry of Sin City... but equally hard to appreciate the film.
David Foucher - EDGE Boston
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.
Aaron Hillis - Premiere Magazine
It's not always easy to watch, and it's certainly not for the easily offended. But visually, there's much to enjoy, especially the striking black-and-white imagery offset with periodic, selective bits of colors.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
It's hard to fathom a more faithful comic to movie transfer than the gloriously violent Sin City
Christian Toto - Washington Times
Rodriguez and Miller deserve praise for breaking new ground, both technically and artistically, in adapting graphic novels to the big screen.
Timothy Knight - Reel.com
If you have a taste for this sort of thing, it's difficult to imagine how it could be done any better.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
Talking bluntly about sex for five minutes will earn an NC-17. Showing it frankly for one minute will do the same. Maiming and slaying people in close-up for two hours -- and delighting in it -- will get you only an R.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Once the novelty of its considerable razzle-dazzle wears off, the film just sits there, because Rodriguez has made one simple, but fatal, mistake: As cinematic as they are, Miller's graphic novels aren't movies.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Having this movie's revolutionary visuals ands ghoulish sense of fun indelibly imprinted on my brain hasn't in the least stifled my yearning to experience the real thing again as soon as possible.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
Sin City is a dark, disturbing, enthralling masterpiece.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Sin City is nothing but a video game on a big screen without the interactivity.
David Poland - Hot Button
As au courant as a school shooting...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Never before has the brilliant singular vision of a comic-book creator been so cinematically and entertainingly realized on screen.
Scott Huver - Hollywood.com
Technically the film is a masterpiece.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
Visually, Rodriguez has applied his considerable technical skills, shooting on High Definition Video, to effectively translate Miller's color splashed black & white graphics to the screen as literally as possible.
Tim Cogshell - Boxoffice Magazine
Miller's many fans are likely to hail this as a masterpiece. Rarely has an artist in one medium been so loyally served by another.
Jeff Shannon - Seattle Times
What we get isn't so much a dismantled and rearranged puzzle-piece narrative as much as a song stripped of its verses, till all we're left with is the chorus.
Robert Wilonsky - Dallas Observer
It's so visually exciting that you can't stop looking at it, even when all that's happening on screen is the relentless reduction of skull and brain matter into pulp. It's so cool, it could almost give you frostbite.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
If you can handle the comics, you're gonna love it onscreen.
Dean Essner - E! Online
Imagine Pulp Fiction printed on real pulp paper and you get an idea of this movie's full-immersion approach to bringing a comic book to life.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Tough-minded and visually dazzling, the movie so engrosses that you almost can forgive its extremes.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
The most gorgeous digital movie ever made. It represents a stunning leap forward in both the technology of digital cinema and the art of filmmaking.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
A pointless wallow in sadism... Willis, Rourke, and Boothe have all done way cooler tough-guy movies for Walter Hill.
Chuck O'Leary - Fantastica Daily
If you've been waiting a long time for the next in-your-face sensation in the Pulp Fiction tradition, check out Sin City.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
I like movie violence as much as the next person ... [b]ut I like it to have more snap and tingle than this sense-deadening slop.
Kurt Loder - MTV
I wish that Rodriguez and company had picked just one story (Marv's) and made one really good movie instead of three OK movies-in-one.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
It's irresistibly magnetic because it serves as a barely distorted mirror to our world.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Sin City is as vibrant and hostile as the fictional metropolis of the same name
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
There's good and then there's great and then there's Sin City. Every moment is a story unto itself, every damsel's eye and killer's craggy face has its own tale to tell
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
A redemption saga as overripe with religious allegory as it is anything else, in search of a confession booth or maybe just the hard stuff straight up or even a cold shower. But you won't simply leave it behind. It hurts too good.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
At last, we have a comic book movie that actually looks and feels like a comic book!
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
It's tempting to describe Sin City as high adolescent art. But there's stuff in this wildly abstract collection of hard-boiled crime stories that appeals to, um, a more mature level of arrested development.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) - CNN.com
If you can take what's being thrown at you, Sin City is an incendiary movie experience.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
Wow! $*#@-ing wow!
John Venable - Supercala.com
Undeniably exciting, and as close to a comic book as the movies have ever gotten. It's a fun ride.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
[B]reathes with genuine, haunting power because it comes to us here and now, when the real world doesn't feel so different from [this] stew of immorality and hopelessness...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Mickey Rourke blows me away with his acting and Elijah Wood creeps the hell out of me? I swear to God, I don't understand the universe anymore.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
It's stylized and surreal, where every frame is a work of art - all moody black and white with splashes of brilliant color.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Using a comic book as a template rather than merely a guide, Rodriguez and Miller have fused fantasy and noir to create a truly enveloping film-going experience.
Eric Melin - Lawrence.com
It's a world with its own moral formulation, one that confounds our notions of good and evil, strips them of their conventional meaning, reduces them to the bare essentials.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Violent, filthy, sexist and nasty, mesmerizing, inventive and awe-inspiring.
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
Gorgeous and gory, a graphic film noir taken to the nth level, Sin City is not just for devotees of Frank Miller.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Any movie that makes Brittany Murphy palatable must be amazing... the first true successor to Pulp Fiction.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
I do think that a film like this, especially one made by a major director under the flag of artistic integrity, adds something ugly to the air for which critics must hold it accountable.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Sauvage, sexy, violent, cool, unique, sadique, extreme, politiquement incorrect, et j'en passe.
Nicolas Lacroix - EnPrimeur.ca
Breathtaking to look at, but its core is without a pulse.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
A grand experiment... It exists merely to see if it can -- just to find out if a distinct looking comic book can be duplicated on screen with live actors.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Probably the cheapest, most juvenile and awesomest movie ever, it's a young, dumb and full-of-come fantasy/noir, fanboy nirvana extravaganza.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
For all the preoccupation on external artifice and style, there's also a poetic core to the proceedings.
Brent Simon - Now Playing Magazine
Collecting a variety of familiar figures from cinematic crime dramas of the last 75 years... Sin City is as much collage as it is homage, a fantasy of the very darkest kind.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Hell on wheels. Visual dynamite.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
On the edge between exploitation and artistic statement, saving itself from toppling over with the sincerity of its tone, beauty of its images, and honor of its heroes.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
As faithful an interpretation as you're likely to ever see.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
I found the movie every bit as sickening as its creators intended it to be, minus the kicks they so palpably got out of making it.
Ella Taylor - L.A. Weekly
Innovative and dazzling in its absolute loyalty to the visual style of its inspiration... brings comic book pages alive to a degree that is unprecedented in movie history.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
You know you've gone beyond run-of-the-mill movie violence when you need to use the plural for 'castrations.'
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
What happens in Sin City feels like what might have been going on in those 1940s and '50s crime pictures when no one was looking.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
One hell of a great movie.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Sometimes it all seems as schematic as a theme park attraction. Mostly, though, the movie comes across like the fever dream of a smart, put-upon adolescent who'd been up all night watching every black-and-white crime movie made since the sound era.
Gene Seymour - Newsday
The purest and most exquisite conversion of material from one medium to another ever achieved.
Edward Havens - FilmJerk.com
Not only lives up to its namesake but exceeds... shot-for-shot, frame-for-frame, and depravity-for-depravity. Enjoy!
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
Sin City feels like a kid having fun with all his expensive toys. However, unlike some spoiled brats who don't like to share, Robert Rodriguez lets us all in on his game.
Fred Topel - About.com
Leather-fetish T&A, ultra-violence comic style, and a plethora of dirty deeds by dastardly dudes-n-dames await you...
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
Really, there will be no reason for anyone to make a comic-book movie ever again. Miller and Rodriguez have pushed the form as far as it can possibly go.
Chauncey Mabe - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Sin City is jazzed by excess, by the thrill of crafting a sharp-edged, high-contrast shadow world where it's hard to tell the difference between cartoons and reality.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
A pastiche of the most naively macho extremes of brutal pulp fiction, lovingly rendered as mock anti-hero B-movie crime opera.
Sean Axmaker - [email protected]
The most strikingly innovative dumb movie you'll ever see.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Slick and stylish makes it watchable. But after awhile, its smarmy self-conscious attitude and lack of structure start to wear thin.
Boo Allen - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
The film retains not just the look of its source material but its tone, too -- its dark mood swings, its hard-boiled love affairs, its grimly funny violence.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
A gloriously grim and terrifically nasty piece of escapist entertainment; a comic-book-noir masterpiece full of delicious dread, terrible temptation, and shady chivalry.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Strange, surreal, dazzling
Austin O'Connor - Lowell Sun
What we get is a preponderance of sameness. A movie with one vibe that oversells itself and, eventually, overstays its welcome.
Bob Longino - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A treasure for both cineastes and those looking simply to be dazzled for two hours.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Sin City, Robert Rodreguez's visionary, wildly imaginative pulp noir, based on Frank Miller's graphic novels is his most accomplished and flamboyant film to date.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
It's hard to deny the imagination on display here, and the specificity of the filmmaking. Sin City is a memorable, disturbing triumph.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
Silence, fiend! The consensus here: One arm cannon up!
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
The glee with which Rodriguez films the sadism may be off-putting, but the joy with which he pays tribute to both the comic form and film noir is positively infectious.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Sin City is a daring and fascinating experiment that succeeds in almost every way but the most important one.
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
At long last, here is a film that fully justifies why we still love going to the movie theater.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
A meticulously-crafted weapon of a movie that will please, disgust, and inspire loyalty among comic fans and strong-stomached general audiences alike.
Eric Meyerson - Filmcritic.com
The most deadly thing in Sin City is the crushing boredom that sets in after the novelty of the visual style has worn off.
Jurgen Fauth - About.com
Sin City has more severed heads, dismemberments and acts of cannibalism than The Silence of the Lambs and Freddy vs. Jason put together. I loved it!
Staci Layne Wilson - Horror.com
Accuracy isn't the same thing as quality.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
The bad-boy equivalent of One from the Heart... the splendor of the images comes to seem pretty vacuous in the absence of any content deeper than the pulpiest pulp.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Pure entertainment with insanely cool visuals, Sin City is the most faithful comic adaptation of all time.
Jeff Otto - IGN Movies
Filled with stylistic violence, over-the-top acting and action and is completely deserving of its R-rating. In other words, I loved every minute of it.
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
It's all about sack-size and the lizard brain--and as a film, it's something like pure aggression and machismo, freebased on a filthy spoon and shunted into an open vein.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Film noir on steroids; a movie so cool you're not supposed to be concerned about its total lack of moral grounding. Nor its profound sexism. Nor its misanthropic nihilism.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
Relentless, shocking, and admirably experimental.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Aufmuth.com
'Classic' isn't word enough to describe this unflinching look into the dark side of the comic book world.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
Retrograde, sexist, and gleefully sadistic... pitiable and fearful in the language we go to the movies to learn. The old cop line "There's nothing to see here" hardly applies.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Sublime! Visually stunning. Great, meanspirited fun.
Victoria Alexander - Movie Reviews in Croatian
An exhilarating tapestry of valor, selfishness, deceitfulness, and martyrdom.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
...eye-popping visuals, tremendous fun, delectable dialogue, ultra-cool characters and...
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
A relentless assault on the senses, jam-packed with stylish visuals, great lines, over the top violence and a surprising amount of hearty laughs.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Be prepared to shut your eyes through some of it, but the rest of it is a wild ride.
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews