Kill Bill: Vol. 2 2004

Critics score:
84 / 100

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Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press: Kill Bill Vol. 2 is the movie that makes movie geekdom seem sexy. Read more

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: 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. Read more

Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune: 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. Read more

Mark Rahner, Seattle Times: It's flawed but so audaciously unique that I can't imagine missing it if you love movies. Read more

David Edelstein, Slate: 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. Read more

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper: A beautiful, twisted, complex martial arts soap opera. Read more

Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: While Tarantino has toned down the action scenes, the way he films them can still surprise. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: A film richer in every way than its illustrious, callow predecessor. Read more

Manohla Dargis, Los Angeles Times: A blast of pure pop pleasure. Read more

Noah Berlatsky, Chicago Reader: If he doesn't take care Tarantino could make something significantly worse. Read more

Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle: Though much of the film is a lot of fun, it needs a good editor. Read more

Paul Clinton (, A rip-roaring, highly entertaining, extremely enjoyable continuation to Vol. 1. Read more

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post: In Kill Bill - Vol. 2, cool has rediscovered its medium. It has found its master. Read more

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly: 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. Read more

Rick Groen, 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. Read more

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News: Vol. 2 concludes the tale, but it heads to the finish line with a casual stroll, not a sprint. Read more

John Powers, L.A. Weekly: Vol. 2 is the most sheerly enjoyable movie I've seen in ages, allowing for all the intimacy that was missing from its predecessor. Read more

John Anderson, Newsday: A powerhouse movie. Read more

Peter Rainer, 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. Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger: Betraying its origins as the last half of another movie, rather than its own entity, Kill Bill Vol. 2 feels like leftovers. Read more

Jami Bernard, New York Daily News: A dulling experience that can safely be admired from afar without it ever engaging the senses. Read more

Elvis Mitchell, New York Times: Quentin Tarantino's deliciously perverse semisequel is the most voluptuous comic-book movie ever made. Read more

Andrew Sarris, 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. Read more

Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel: 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. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: The second movie is less kinetic but more satisfying. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: An exuberant celebration of moviemaking. Read more

Charles Taylor, 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? Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: A witty and entertaining action movie. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Kill Bill, Vol. 2 is every bit as wild a joyride as its prelude, but packed with richer, more resonant characters. Read more

Christy Lemire, Associated Press: If Kill Bill - Vol. 1 was like a roundhouse kick to the head, Vol. 2 is practically a warm hug. Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: Revenge is a meal that gets better with the second course. Read more

Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine: A gargantuanly entertaining double feature. Read more

Time Out: 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. Read more

Mike Clark, USA Today: 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. Read more

Todd McCarthy, Variety: What Quentin Tarantino started with a wham he finishes with a bang in Kill Bill Vol. 2. Read more

J. Hoberman, Village Voice: Tarantino elevates Uma Thurman into the action-flick firmament -- she's the lethal Marlene Dietrich projected by his geek Josef von Sternberg. Read more

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: A soul-deadening experience. Read more

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post: A comic book at heart, albeit a thoroughly, grandly romantic one in the end. Read more