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Vol. 2 isn't exactly disappointing, and like all of Tarantino's movies, I suspect it will improve with repeated viewings. But for now, Vol. 2 leaves you pondering what could have been.
For those seeking the vibrant innovation of Tarantino's first movies or the sheer rush of Kill Bill, Vol. 1, Vol. 2 feels like a dulled blade.
It's flawed but so audaciously unique that I can't imagine missing it if you love movies.
Kill Bill, Volumes 1 and 2 are great fun, but when they're over there's nothing to make us question our addiction to violent fantasies of retribution. The whole is a little less than the sum of its volumes.
If he doesn't take care Tarantino could make something significantly worse.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com),
A rip-roaring, highly entertaining, extremely enjoyable continuation to Vol. 1.
In Kill Bill - Vol. 2, cool has rediscovered its medium. It has found its master.
With the second installment, Tarantino -- famous as an inspired manipulator of genre, less proven as a filmmaker of soul -- shows his shy but ardent, cinephiliac understanding of American sentiment and yearning.
Globe and Mail:
So much cinematic majesty perched precariously atop so little common sense ... [but] a castle with a shaky foundation is still quite a sight.
Vol. 2 is the most sheerly enjoyable movie I've seen in ages, allowing for all the intimacy that was missing from its predecessor.
New York Magazine/Vulture:
I've lost my sweet tooth for slice-and-dice escapism, and perhaps this is why I feel the need to see movies that don't simply glamorize or fetishize or supernaturalize brutality.
Betraying its origins as the last half of another movie, rather than its own entity, Kill Bill Vol. 2 feels like leftovers.
New York Times:
Quentin Tarantino's deliciously perverse semisequel is the most voluptuous comic-book movie ever made.
New York Observer:
People who stayed away from Vol. 1 because of its genre-dictated violence may find Vol. 2 so much fun that they'll want to catch up on Vol. 1.
Although Vol. 2 certainly doesn't skimp on action, there's far less killing here than in Vol. 1. And as the themes deepen, the film assumes an unexpected poignancy.
The second movie is less kinetic but more satisfying.
For all the craft that's gone into Kill Bill, Vol. 2, despite the chance Tarantino has taken in departing from the wham-bam movement of the first half, my final reaction to the movie is, so what?
If Kill Bill - Vol. 1 was like a roundhouse kick to the head, Vol. 2 is practically a warm hug.
Those turned off by the first part's reckless, relentless violent purges aren't likely to find cause for conversion, but Vol. 2 certainly broadens the tale's remit, even as it aims to deepen it.
Kill Bill's two-pack isn't of Godfather caliber ... [b]ut its scope, filmmaking ambition and uniquely twisted point of view make it worthy of being seen some day in a chronological home version.
What Quentin Tarantino started with a wham he finishes with a bang in Kill Bill Vol. 2.
Tarantino elevates Uma Thurman into the action-flick firmament -- she's the lethal Marlene Dietrich projected by his geek Josef von Sternberg.
A comic book at heart, albeit a thoroughly, grandly romantic one in the end.