New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
You can't look away, not only because the carnage is so masterfully photographed, but because the director sucks you into his bleak, poetic, even sensible vision of cosmic brutality. Not for the faint-hearted!
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
The only constant in Park's brilliantly cruel world is this: No matter how badly things seem to be going, there's a twist of fate lurking around the next curve that will make them worse.
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By Aaron Hillis
Perhaps with an open and willing mind, you'll also see the vast difference between this wily consciousness experiment and, say, Rob Zombie's new box of schlocks.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Bold, intelligent and provocative.
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New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Savage yet spellbinding.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The violence in the final 45 minutes of Mr. Vengeance is tough to watch.
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The Dissolve

By Scott Tobias
Park’s pristine framing and yen for extreme violence give Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance the pop of a graphic novel, but there are times when his point about the poisonous nature of revenge is eclipsed by stylized torture and sadism for its own sake.
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Chicago Tribune

It's all a little ultra-cool for me. Shakespeare was right. Revenge is a dish best served ice-cold, not cool.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
This ultra-violent revenge thriller is far more notable for its baroque excesses than coherence or credibility.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
So badly told that it ends up dissecting a corruption that exudes from nowhere but itself.
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56 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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