Sin City is a neo-noir crime thriller based on Frank Miller's graphic novel series of the same name.The film is primarily based on three of Miller's works: The Hard Goodbye, about a man who embarks on a brutal rampage in search of his one-time sweetheart's killer; The Big Fat Kill, Show more... which focuses on a street war between a group of prostitutes and a group of mercenaries; and That Yellow Bastard, which follows an aging police officer who protects a young woman from a grotesquely disfigured serial killer.
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David Germain 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.
Richard Corliss For all its astronomical body count, Sin City is brazenly, thrillingly alive.
Joe Morgenstern 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.
Trevor Johnston While the book succeeded in pushing the boundaries of its medium, the film merely feels like a triumph of technology.
J. R. Jones A worthwhile piece of eye candy.
Ken Tucker If Raymond Chandler and Daffy Duck could have produced a child, Sin City would be their baby.
Ben Walters 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.
Anthony Lane Can bring more pain than satisfaction.
Andrew Sarris In the end, I have to say I liked Sin City almost in spite of myself.
Richard Roeper Robert Rodriguez is one audaciously talented man.
Stephanie Zacharek It's a hard, viciously funny little movie, one with all the subtlety of a billy club. But there's artistry here, too.
Stephen Hunter Two hours and six minutes has never seemed so much like two and six-tenths seconds. It's pure pulp metafiction.
Todd McCarthy Miller's world of rough customers living on the wild side possesses a sordid allure, which the directors dazzlingly deliver to the screen.
David Edelstein I loved it, I loved it, I loved it. I loved every gorgeous sick disgusting ravishing overbaked blood-spurting artificial frame of it.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) Without doubt the most visually stunning live action transfer of the comic book format to the big screen ever made.
Desson Thomson 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.
Ella Taylor 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.
J. Hoberman Rodriguez loves his material so much that he embalmed it.
Kirk Honeycutt The major problem is that after about 10 minutes, you've seen all the movie's tricks. The look is hypnotic yet never changes.