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  • 50
    Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    While the film grows increasingly preposterous in its final act, the enigmatic performances of Youn and Jeon carry the day. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 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." show more

  • 80
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    This is a household in which the rules are very formal, and they're matched by the formality of the filmmaking. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

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

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    The graphic sex scenes radiate an uncommon heat, and Im can pull off a hugely effective shock when he wants to. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    It is beautifully shot, with impeccable acting and visual detail. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    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. show more

  • February 19, 2012 tranlinh
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    We love this movie. Great story, great acting. We did not expect that kind of ending.

  • February 06, 2011 Margaret Opine
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    THE TRAILER IS BETTER THAN THE MOVIE--you can SKIP IT if you want good theater and storytelling but see it if you want too much graphic sex and psychopathic stuff. B-movie stuff, close to soap-opera script: Insulting to the intelligence; however, a new movie-goer may be impressed with the explicit even shocking sex....even if you are experienced person. The best character in the movie was Mrs. Choi. She had alll the "true grit"; superb performance; we could have definitely seen more of her...especially if she had adopted the other maid has her daughter and played the game rich mother's advice over poor mother's advice. Something like that. --MO

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