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  • 80
    Deborah Young The Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 77
    William Goss Film.com

    Not as touching or boldly transgressive as its ultra-violent peers. show more

  • 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 "Bad Lieutenant," this story is determined to put core Christian principles to the harshest tests imaginable. show more

  • 88
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Pieta is one of Kim’s most complex and mature efforts, melding violence and humor into dark entertainment. show more

  • 75
    Bill Stamets Chicago Sun-Times

    Kim deals with an ancient suspicion of money that predates Marx, MasterCard and Madoff. show more

  • 12
    Slant Magazine

    Kim Ki-duk's film makes an exaggerated, undeserved show of its cruelty, indignity, and aspirations of importance. show more

  • 80
    Barbara VanDenburgh Arizona Republic

    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. show more

  • 60
    Mike Scott New Orleans Times-Picayune

    It's not a film for everyone. Those who see it, however, will have trouble forgetting it. show more

  • 60
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    Stick with the film, though, and you might find yourself strangely moved by its oddball mix of ripe melodrama, overwrought violence and regional verisimilitude. show more

  • 67
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    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. show more

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