UPDATE: First Wave Of Reviews For SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Hit

UPDATE: First Wave Of Reviews For SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Hit

UK critics have started weighing in on Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and for the most part, it sounds as if it wasn't worth the nine year wait between this movie and the original! However, it doesn't sound all bad, and you can find out more after the jump. Check it out!

By JoshWilding - Aug 20, 2014 05:08 AM EST

Later this month, we’ll be returning to the mean streets of Sin City in the sequel from director Robert Rodriguez and creator Frank Miller. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For follows a variety of characters, both from the original movie and several notable new cast members from the comic books. Fans have been unsure about the sequel, and the first wave of reviews have now hit courtesy of UK critics. They're a little mixed, and a couple are very negative, but it doesn't sound too bad for the most part! Be sure to click on the links below for the full versions of each review...

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For isn't the resounding triumph we craved, with its huge reliance on visual impact causing it to pale in comparison to its game-changing predecessor. But there are enough interesting moments shared with the intriguing characters of this nightmarish world to be glad that this sequel was finally made. It still leaves us wanting to explore deeper and further into the dark recesses of the city and its squalid inhabitants, but with a follow-up that comes armed with a clever structure, stronger ideas, properly integrated 3D and doesn't take almost a decade to arrive. Here's hoping. [***]

SOURCE: Digital Spy

In spite of the misgivings that exist, the length of time between these two pictures allows Miller and Rodriguez to play on the notion of nostalgia, and not deviate too far away from Sin City’s unique selling point, as a film that is similar in tone and execution to what came before, surely doing enough to appease the pre-established fans that exist, while still managing to allure those unenlightened by this universe. Sin City is by no means a place you’d wish to book a family holiday, but 102 minutes immersed in this melancholic world does just the trick. [***]


Nine years after the pages turned on Robert Rodriguez's first Sin City movie, and with at least three major parts recast, you can't help but think this Dame To Kill For is sashaying into town long after everyone has lost interest. Showing no signs of added maturity - if anything it's even more juvenile - this slick-yet-soulless sequel features the required quota of girls, guns and garrotting, but it's unlikely to win over those who were unimpressed by the same stiff sideshow almost a decade ago. [**]

SOURCE: The Shiznit

If Sin City 2 has, for the most part, mustered a better cast than it deserves, at least they haul the material up to their level. The film’s greatest assets are Gordon-Levitt and Green, who remains as coolly aloof as a circling eagle, despite spending much of the film naked in a variety of provocative poses...at least Sin City 2 has the courage to play its perversions dead straight, unlike Rodriguez’s recent Machete films, which smirked their way into oblivion. 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. [***]

SOURCE: The Telegraph

At least six years too late, the novelty of Sin City: A Dame To Kill For's stylistic approach has long worn off, and it hasn't got enough in reserve to make up for that. Its sexed-up violence gets duller with every kill, it has nothing of any use to say and nothing of any interest to add to the first film. Briefly amusing and only very occasionally fun to watch, it's a largely unpleasant experience that wasn't worth the wait. A third instalment would be an even bigger sin. [**]

SOURCE: Virgin Media

UPDATE: Two of the UK's biggest film magazines have now weighed in...

Of course, hewing so closely to the feel of the original means that its inherent problems still exist: even Ava Lord’s slinky power and the weapon-hefting ladies of Old Town (led once more by Rosario Dawson’s Gail) can’t banish the idea that women get treated terribly in this world, and the men don’t come out looking much better. The stylish noir treatment lends a surreal aspect that helps mitigate a lot of that, but the issues remain. Some of the dialogue slides from hard-boiled noir narration to sounding like the feverish dream of a teenager working himself into a Chandler-fuelled frenzy, and not all of the performances fit as well as you might expect. 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. [***]

SOURCE: Empire

True, the new 3D adds little and the stories are still about as deep as a shallow grave. But between its coal-black humour and the immersive b/w visuals, bringing Miller’s lurid world vividly to life (with some wonderful splashes of colour – notably Green’s eyes), there’s enough here for fans of the first to get their rocks off. Add in fine support from newcomers like Dennis Haysbert, Jeremy Piven and Ray Liotta, and this is one summer sequel to kill for. 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. [****]

SOURCE: Total Film

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GeekyCheekyChic - 8/20/2014, 5:31 AM
not planning on seeing this until Netflix gets it. It doesn't really look all that appealing.
Pasto - 8/20/2014, 5:32 AM
Most anticipated film ever.
Bekss - 8/20/2014, 5:34 AM
I don't think it will do good at the boxoffice. It will be #1 at the boxoffice this weekend but because there's no more new movies
JorL5150 - 8/20/2014, 5:34 AM
She is soooooooo hot

I don't even care
Tetrahedron - 8/20/2014, 5:37 AM
Knew it.

UltimateTypeface - 8/20/2014, 5:37 AM
RRod makes it for the fanboys -tahts why these arty prats dont get it
sKeemAn - 8/20/2014, 5:38 AM
Don't care. I will enjoy it anyway.
UltimateTypeface - 8/20/2014, 5:40 AM
C'mon - Sin City was a game changer and they still didnt rate it
EhMaybeSays - 8/20/2014, 5:43 AM
It will be poorly rated because it's disappointing not because it's bad.
DylansMyDog - 8/20/2014, 5:44 AM
Rodriguez had such a promising career... hopefully he gets it back on track with his next project
SuperCat - 8/20/2014, 5:46 AM
Was going to wait for it to hit cable anyway.

NovaCorpsFan - 8/20/2014, 5:47 AM
It sounds more like a disappointment than a bad movie. Might go see it.
CherryBomb - 8/20/2014, 5:48 AM
Better reviews than I expected!
The general idea is that it's good/okay. Not terrible or great, and I can definitely live with that.
SuperCat - 8/20/2014, 5:50 AM
sameoldthing - 8/20/2014, 5:52 AM
It's amazing how so many people read/listen to a perfect strangers opinion & base decisions on idiotic reviews.

If you enjoyed the first Sin City then go see this new one.
If you don't like it...are ya some kind of candy ass?

These edgier comic films need support,go see this at theater,it's fun escapism.

digymastr - 8/20/2014, 5:59 AM
I wasn't the biggest fan of Sin City, mostly because of Miller's writing (not really his biggest fan) but I'll still give this one a watch since I really dig Robert Rodriguez and his direction.
yossarian - 8/20/2014, 6:01 AM
Yeah...I don't know. I'll see it when it comes to cable. Unless it comes to that [frick]ing EPIX bullshit because I'm not upgrading my cable package again.

DCGuy - 8/20/2014, 6:02 AM
How many sin city books are there?
DCGuy - 8/20/2014, 6:04 AM
Eva green( I think thats her name?) is ugly as [frick], she looks like a lizzard
SpiderFraud - 8/20/2014, 6:06 AM
I'll check this out when it comes to Blu-Ray.

I thought the reviews would have been worst, kinda happy it didn't get sh*tted on.
nibs - 8/20/2014, 6:10 AM
I did enjoy the first one 9 years ago, but I'm almost certain if I re-watched today I'd hate it. Like 300, this is probably a franchise that could be left alone.
I'll watch em both when this one hits the internets and we'll see.
mgeoff88 - 8/20/2014, 6:15 AM
Not really surprised. The trailers didn't blow me away.

If they would've made the sequel a couple years after the first movie instead of waiting almost a decade, it would've ended up being so much better.
mgeoff88 - 8/20/2014, 6:23 AM
I'm still checking out the movie though.
TheRationalNerd - 8/20/2014, 6:29 AM
Sin City gets mixed reviews: "OMG, everyone don't let this stop you from seeing it!"
TMNT gets mixed reviews: "Don't support these sh*tty films! Boycott my brothers!"
TheRationalNerd - 8/20/2014, 6:30 AM
Lol, but in all honesty I'm actually interested in seeing it. Never/haven't seen the first but this one (along with the trailer music had me interested)
MightyZeus - 8/20/2014, 6:31 AM
Not surprised. The trailer's didn't look anything special and it's kind of late for a sequel.

I love Sin City but i don't think a sequel is necessary.
Darktower - 8/20/2014, 6:33 AM
it was obvious the critics where gonna shit on it.. All of Frank Miller's visually styled movies never really got good reviews... i enjoy his works n i m sure i ill enjoy the movie too...[frick] the critics ...Fight the power!lol
grif - 8/20/2014, 6:39 AM
if i was told this movie was coming out soon after the first was released i would count the days till it opened. now i dont care. its been way too long. going to see ex3 on fri night.
TheRationalNerd - 8/20/2014, 6:41 AM

jp688 - 8/20/2014, 7:01 AM
I'm so there.
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