91

indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
Kim's movies are generally grim, disturbing affairs, but "Pieta" leaves much to the imagination in favor of its unsettling implications.
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88

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Pieta is one of Kim’s most complex and mature efforts, melding violence and humor into dark entertainment.
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85

NPR

The film takes a long road to spirituality, though, with plenty of stops for violence and perversion along the way. Like Abel Ferrara's "Bad Lieutenant," this story is determined to put core Christian principles to the harshest tests imaginable.
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80

Arizona Republic

By Barbara VanDenburgh
Even if its stunted ambitions come as a disappointment, Pieta nevertheless is an expertly crafted thriller and a fine addition to East Asian revenge cinema.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Deborah Young
Kim Ki-duk is back in fighting form in Pieta, an intense and, for the first hour, sickeningly violent film that unexpectedly segues into a moving psychological study.
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80

Variety

By Leslie Felperin
The final reel packs a genuine emotional wallop, even as it makes auds laugh with the vicious precision of its dramatic irony.
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77

Film.com

By William Goss
Not as touching or boldly transgressive as its ultra-violent peers.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Bill Stamets
Kim deals with an ancient suspicion of money that predates Marx, MasterCard and Madoff.
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67

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
The performances of these two leads are compelling and the Cheonggyecheon area can almost be seen as another character in Kim’s morality tale. And even if forgiveness is not always possible in the human condition, Pieta allows that expiation of one’s sins is within the realm of the possible.
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60

Village Voice

By Nick Schager
After establishing a central parent-child relationship rife with wacko biblical undertones, the director finds nowhere to take his story except into standard vengeance territory.
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72 out of 100
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