Sin City

  • Review Date: August 15, 2005
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 126 minutes

Common Sense Media says

This extremely violent movie is NOT for kids.
  • Review Date: August 15, 2005
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 126 minutes





What parents need to know

Positive role models

Women are strong and capable but also mostly hookers and/or nude.


Extreme, intense, constant, and graphic violence, torture, suicide, dismemberment, references to cannibalism, child molestation, and rape.


Nudity and sexual references including reference to child rape, non-explicit sexual situations, prostitutes.


Very strong language.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking, smoking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is an extremely violent movie with constant, intense, and exceptionally graphic battles and all-out butchery and slaughter. Body parts are sliced off (and eaten -- off-camera). People are wounded and killed just about every possible way, including electrocuted, stabbed, impaled, shot, dumped into a tar pit, and sliced up. There are severed heads and other body parts. There are references to child rape and cannibalism. The film also includes nudity, strippers, prostitutes, sexual references, and non-explicit sexual situations. Characters drink and smoke and abuse prescription drugs. They also lie, cheat, steal, extort, and violate as many laws (and commandments) as can be packed into one movie.

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Kids say

What's the story?

Two of today's greatest stylists join forces in an audacious synthesis of graphic novel and movie set in a world where the villains are unspeakably evil, the heroes are compromised and overmatched, and the city is filled with corruption but the country is even worse. SIN CITY's three stories about heroes battling overwhelming odds circle around each other, amplify each other, and ultimately intersect. Marv (Mickey Rourke) is a gigantic brute of a man who likes to fight. He has had one perfect night of love with a golden-haired prostitute who she said she wanted him. But the next morning, he wakes up to find her murdered. The world always seems incomprehensible and dreamlike to Marv, especially when he thinks he sees his Goldie again. But she says she is her twin sister. Marv knows -- he thinks he knows -- that justice requires him to kill the people who murdered his angel, no matter what the cost. John (Bruce Willis) is a cop about to retire. But he cannot go until he finds a way to rescue a little girl named Nancy from a man who molests and kills children but is protected by the forces that control Sin City. And Dwight (Clive Owen) is a man who has angered his girlfriend's predatory and abusive ex-boyfriend (Benicio Del Toro). Their dispute will shred the fragile compromise between the corrupt cops and the gang bosses that allows the prostitutes to control their own section of Sin City.

Is it any good?


Robert Rodriguez and co-director Frank Miller (the writer/artist of the Sin City graphic novels) create a faithful, shot-for-shot rendition of each stunning panel. Hard, resolute voice-overs accompany stark, inky images. There are brief flashes and flutters of color -- red for brake-lights, a heart-shaped bed, a lightning-streaked sky, a sleek getaway car, and for blood. Yellow for the golden curls of a dead hooker and the jaundiced skin of a cowardly villain whose toxic perversions have turned him the color of bile. This is a masterpiece of technique, bravura film-making with sure and complete mastery of tone, setting, and mood. A lesser cast would be lost, even invisible, but Rourke, Willis, and especially Owen are every bit as arresting as the images around them. Most of the female characters are more props than characters, but Rosario Dawson and Jessica Alba make strong impressions.

The film is overwhelming at times, intentionally keeping viewers off-kilter by combining grand heroics, stunning beauty, hideous grotesquery, outrageous butchery, toughness and innocence, tragedy and comedy. This is a movie where a man's hand is sliced off and then he slips on it like a banana peel. It exists precisely on the edge between exploitation and artistic statement, ultimately saving itself from toppling over with the sincerity of its tone, the beauty of its images, and the honor of its heroes.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the enduring appeal of such dark stories and characters and the way that co-directors Miller and Rodriguez use the settings and the camera to create mood and character.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 31, 2005
DVD release date:August 16, 2005
Cast:Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson
Directors:Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez
Run time:126 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:sustained strong stylized violence, nudity and sexual content including dialogue

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Written byAnonymous April 6, 2013

NC-20 for the Drinking that's in it.

Sex 5/5 Not for kids for Nudity in it. Violence 5/5 Not for kids and this movie has a lot of Violence. Language 5/5 Not for kids again and it has a load of bad Language. Drinking, Drugs, & Smoking 3/5 Only with the Drinking 21+/ Smoking 18+. Overall Not for kids 21+ for the Drinking in it. No One 20 & Under.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written bySettingXSail January 11, 2009
Teen, 14 years old Written bydoodle321 September 12, 2009

i really don't know... if it's good for tweens

i can't really seem to fins any thing good or bad about this movie but i know i love it, really it all depends on the person. no i wouldn't let my kids whatch this lit they are about 12 but i find it to be grate. i'dd have to go with the other guy SuperParent it'd a cool comic book movie
Parent of a 2 year old Written byDesiredLoginName January 8, 2009


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