Pieta Synopsis
A loan shark's brutal enforcer (Lee Jung-jin) meets a woman who claims to be his long-lost mother.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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