83

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By Sean Axmaker
The funniest film you'll see this year about a political assassination.
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
An outrageous, savagely comical account of the disastrous circumstances surrounding the assassination of dictatorial South Korean President Park Chung Hee in 1979.
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80

L.A. Weekly

By Scott Foundas
This meticulously well-made picture is disarmingly funny at times - not least during the ballet of bloody absurdity that is the assassination itself - but also subdued and straight-faced, with one eye planted on 1979 and the other on the violent student demonstrations looming in the distance.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
This South Korean political satire might not have historical resonance for American audiences -- it's loosely based on the 1979 assassination of dictator Park Chunghee by his own people -- but it takes the same comically dim view of governmental power and procedure as "Dr. Strangelove."
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75

Boston Globe

By Janice Page
Writer-director Im Sang Soo's coolly stylized political satire doesn't provide a lot of answers, unfortunately, but it does show how the future of a nation might turn on a few drunken insults thrown around at a high-level dinner party.
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Take the real-life 1979 assassination of Park Chung-hee, the despotic, hedonistic, seal-testicle-loving president of South Korea, and stage it as if the Marx Brothers were running the country, and you might get The President's Last Bang.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

Almost satirical.
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60

Variety

By Derek Elley
South Korean cinema finally gets its first full-blown political satire with The President's Last Bang, a virtuoso slice of sustained black humor.
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60

The New York Times

By Dana Stevens
Tight, sober and strangely comical.
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40

Village Voice

By J. Hoberman
From mid-movie on, confusion escalates (along with one's incredulity).
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68 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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