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Kim's movies are generally grim, disturbing affairs, but "Pieta" leaves much to the imagination in favor of its unsettling implications. Read full review
Pieta is one of Kim’s most complex and mature efforts, melding violence and humor into dark entertainment. Read full review
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. Read full review
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. Read full review
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. Read full review
The final reel packs a genuine emotional wallop, even as it makes auds laugh with the vicious precision of its dramatic irony. Read full review
Not as touching or boldly transgressive as its ultra-violent peers. Read full review
Kim deals with an ancient suspicion of money that predates Marx, MasterCard and Madoff. Read full review
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. Read full review
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. Read full review
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