Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Visually striking, but also very violent.
  • R
  • 2003
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 44 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 113 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

This movie is all about revenge and murder.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The main character is a powerful woman, but her every action is driven by revenge.


Constant, extreme graphic violence with gallons of spurting blood, characters maimed and killed. Nightmare material.


A character is repeatedly raped while she is unconscious.


Exceptionally strong language.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking and smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that they should exercise the strongest caution before allowing their kids to see this film. They should know that the movie has the most intense, graphic, brutal, and destructive violence imaginable (at least until Tarantino thinks up something new). Body parts are sliced off and blood gushes and spurts like a geyser. Many characters are maimed and many more are killed. A mother is murdered in front of her young child. A man's head is sliced off and tossed around. A character is repeatedly raped while she is unconscious. Characters drink and smoke and use very strong language.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymasterofthemovies March 18, 2011
ok, if you are a fan of Tarintino, then this is your film. if you are looking for family film bull crap, go see something else. this is a hard core action film... Continue reading
Parent Written by1ReviewGuy September 8, 2019

A Cinematography Masterpiece.

This movie is absolutely beautiful. No matter what you think about movies, no doubt that this movie is amazing. There is a lot of blood and gore as with a Taran... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byAvicularia March 27, 2018

It's so cool and very well made !

It's really really cool ! The battle scenes are gore but if you are someone who is not sensitive, you'll really LOVE this movie. I actually recommend... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byrockchick101 October 30, 2010

perfect for young adults and old kids

If you are a 20 year old violence addict then you will like this film. Not appropriate for kids under 18.

What's the story?

Uma Thurman plays someone we just know as "The Bride" (her name is bleeped out). On her wedding day, the entire wedding party was killed by her former associates, the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad (DiVAS). The pregnant Bride was beaten and shot in the head, but did not die. She lost her baby and was in a coma for four years. When she wakes up, she seeks revenge from each of the DiVAS and their leader, Bill.

Is it any good?

This is a stylish and visually striking movie, but it is also a very violent movie, possibly the most violent movie ever released by a major American movie studio. The carnage is so completely and outrageously over the top that it could trigger laughs, but some may find the endless slicing off of body parts and gallons of fake spurting blood overwhelming or even numbing. Much of the movie is one fight scene after another, yet the revenge provides a motive and a hero, giving the fight scenes enough forward momentum to feel like a story.

Fans of this genre will find it sensationally entertaining. The action scenes are brilliantly staged, and Tarantino's other trademarks -- cool music, playing around with time, and brilliant dialogue are all there in full force. Uma Thurman , Viveca A. Fox, and Lucy Liu hold their own in fight scenes with eye-popping visuals that would overwhelm most performers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the sources of inspiration Tarantino drew from.

Movie details

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