Kill Bill: Volume 1
Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003)

An entire wedding party is slaughtered during a dress rehearsal in a rural chapel: the pregnant woman in the blood-splattered wedding dress is Black Mamba, better known as The Bride. The assassin, Bill, and his circle known as The Vipers… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 10, 2003
DVD Release Date: April 13, 2004
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Kill Bill is admittedly little more than a stylish revenge thriller -- albeit one that benefits from a wildly inventive surfeit of style.

Todd McCarthy

A strange, fun and densely textured work that gets better as it goes along.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

There is no ironic overlay in Tarantino's movies, no 'commenting' on the pop schlock he's replicating. He simply wants to remake in his own way the kinds of movies he's always loved, and he's about as uncynical as a movie geek can be.

Sean Axmaker

The tale is pure pulp, a catalogue of seventies martial arts revenge dramas and American B-movie action thrillers, and the style is pure Tarantino...

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Even more gory and adolescent than its models, which explains both the fun and the unpleasantness of this globe-trotting romp.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

I would argue that, in a bizarre way, Mr. Tarantino empowers women as no action-genre director before him ever has.

Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies

delivers on every classic Tarantino brand that you'd come to expect

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Time Out

It's all bang, bang; no kiss, kiss. But this is still bravura film-making from a prodigious talent, and Thurman may yet prove its saving grace.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Simultaneously a spectacular act of movie-making and a slight movie.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Visually striking, but also very violent.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
The fight scene a the end of this movie was just amazing, The Bride versus the Crazy 88's. What a great film.
xGary Xx
A former member of The Deadly Viper Assassination Squad is betrayed and left for dead on her wedding day and sets about revenging herself upon her erstwhile… More
Liam Gadd
The last 45 minutes of this thing are pure cinematic heaven. The steps taken to get to this point are slightly less satisfying, but ultimately 'Kill Bill:… More
Eric Alvarez
Revenge and style blended together and its best. Tarantino is my favorite director and this film (along with vol 2) is a huge reason why. Watch if you… More
Bruce Bruce
Kill Bill is just another piece of over-hyped fanfare with no real merits. Like many of QT's other products, there is a shock-value installed through… More
Al S
I truly think Director, Quentin Tarantino is a fine talent with great vision and a love for dialogue, but i truly think Kill Bill is a over done piece of work… More