• Released
  • January 21, 2011
  • (Limited NY 1/21; Expands LA 1/28)
  • 1 hr 46 min
  • Art House/Foreign
80

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
This is a household in which the rules are very formal, and they're matched by the formality of the filmmaking.
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75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
The graphic sex scenes radiate an uncommon heat, and Im can pull off a hugely effective shock when he wants to.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
While the film grows increasingly preposterous in its final act, the enigmatic performances of Youn and Jeon carry the day.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Gorgeously shot (by Lee Hyung Duk) and well worth seeing for Jeon's deceptively simple performance. Unlike its heroine, though, it gets away without a scratch.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This story is told by writer-director Im Sang-soo with cool, elegant cinematography and sinuous visual movements. The dominant mood is gothic, with the persistent sadomasochistic undertones that seem inescapable in so much Korean cinema.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The class warfare in The Housemade feels dated, but there's something nicely kinky in this lusciously photographed erotic Korean thriller by Im Sang-soo.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
The acting's very strong throughout, though few would argue that the final half-hour satisfies either as suspense, or narrative, or social observation.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

The outcome is a flamingly sexy soap opera whose satire on high society is sometimes as savage as Claude Chabrol's "La ceremonie."
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Korean director Im Sang-soo can't improve on Kim Ki-young's 1960 original, a jarring and operatic cult favorite. Still, he does tweak the themes in intriguing fashion.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
In creating his modern homage to the classic film, Im has twisted all the heated melodrama into a satiric - and in the end, surrealist - attack on the terrors of the polished upper class.
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68 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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