Sin City

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Extremely violent movie with tons of sex, disturbing scenes.

R 2005 126 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 40 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 33 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 18+

Well-Made, But Extremely Violent!

This movie is, without a doubt, extremely violent. The first half is much more gory than the second half, though. It is true that the characters are unspeakably evil, and therefore, it is NOT for kids. If anyone were to see this movie, it would be for adults only! I think this movie would deserve the NC-17 rating if the violence, gore, and carnage had been taken any farther. However, even with all the violence, the only positive message is a man doing everything in his power to keep a young girl safe, even if it involved taking his own life. Also, I loved the all-star cast, and the acting was excellent. Also, I was astonished at how high the motion picture quality was and with the movie being mostly black-and-white, I was impressed by what the filmmakers chose to put in color. There is a lot of smoking, and with the language, there are no f-words, but other swear words are not frequently used. But again, with all of the carnage and sexual content, this is for adults only.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 18+

A Bleak Graphic Novel Come to Life

Sin City is among my favorite films, at least in my top ten of all time. In an age where action films are becoming boring and predictable, it stands out for its uniqueness and willingness to be over the top. And over the top it is. The violence, sex and gore are extreme and thoroughly satisfying if you're into that kind of thing. The narrative style is artistic and well crafted with its use of character's voice over narration being unique among action films. The characters are another plus with each of the three principles being well drawn and well acted characters with believable and interesting motivations and backstories. Performances from Bruce Willis, Micky Rourke, and Clive Owen are memorable and highly impressive, while the whole ensemble cast delivers on the complex and well drawn characters of the graphic novels. Well acted and well made, Sin City is a far more artistic piece of film making than the typical action film. For those over 18 who can handle fairly extreme violence and gore, I highly recommend.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex

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