Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 Movie Poster Image
Visually striking, but also very violent.
  • R
  • 2003
  • 90 minutes
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 32 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 80 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

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

Violence

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

Sex

A character is repeatedly raped while she is unconscious.

Language

Exceptionally strong language.

Consumerism
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
Parent of a 14 year old Written byMr. Boxbox September 23, 2009
oh come on. this movie is not mature at all. its very bloody but completly cartoonish and comic which most tweens will probably understand. a very silly movie b... Continue reading
Parent of a 13, 15, and 17 year old Written bymodernmother January 23, 2011

Too much violence for the impressionable.

Yes the movie is violent, but it is presented in such an outrageous way that any mature viewer knows that it is not acceptable behavior.
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.
Teen, 15 years old Written bylopez3486 January 21, 2011

BLOODY AMAZING ACTION MOVIE

If your into anime or ultra violent movies. THIS IS FOR YOU. If hate blood and gore this in NOT for you. But any fan on anime should watch this NOW1!! (I put g... Continue reading

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

For kids who love thrillers

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