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Hansel & Gretel

Hansel & Gretel (2009)

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Average Rating: 6.4/10
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Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 3

Ghoulish genre-bending asian horror boasts impressive production design, but an unsatisfactory denouement.

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Ghoulish genre-bending asian horror boasts impressive production design, but an unsatisfactory denouement.

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Hardly innovative, but effective and handsomely produced, Hansel & Gretel puts the "grim" in Grimm while placing South Korean director Yim Phil-sung on the shortlist of Pan's Labyrinth emulators to trust.

September 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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It is a film that is just good enough to keep you hanging around to the end, at which point you leave the theatre feeling vaguely let down.

March 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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It's inconsistent: too predictable and simplistic for adults, too disturbing and bloody for their offspring. It's hard to know who it's for.

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The story gets a bit convoluted as it rolls on, rushing through a few too many plot points and explanations, but slowly builds the layers of dread.

July 30, 2009 Full Review Source: GreenCine
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This is consummate filmmaking, where every frame beguiles and unnerves in equal measure.

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Genuinely ghoulish and grim in the best Brothers Grimm tradition.

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Making up for a selection of recent Asian Horror disappointments, this lush, surreal and brilliantly dark fairy tale is an entertaining and deliciously unsettling experience.

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

The production design is terrific - the colour palette is as lurid as a plate of cupcakes. But the film loses its tension in a baggy final act that overexplains the secret of the house.

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Revenge by abandoned children on the treachery of grown-ups ought to be unsetting at the very least, if not spine-tingingly terrifying. But it's done so clumsily that nothing remotely spooky emerges.

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

The director may unwisely opt for a lachrymose denouement that ruffles the carefully sustained mood, but this delightfully grim horror is worth seeking out - just follow the breadcrumb trail of positive reviews.

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Yim Pil-Sung's disturbingly kitsch adult fairy tale is an intriguing genre-bender and you'll definitely succumb toits enchantingly sinister art direction.

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Total Film
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Audience Reviews for Hansel & Gretel

If all thrillers/horrors looked this good I'd be down the cinema much more often. Pil-Sung Yim's Hansel & Gretel is a breath of fresh air, not only is it original even though based on the popular children's fairytale but it is also clever and stunningly beautiful. The set pieces are awesome and really do make the film. I thought the film was left with quite a clever conclusion as well, I know many were disappointed but I thought it was pretty well handled. Highly recommended, the antidote to the overdone 'Ring' style J-horror films.
February 27, 2013
SirPant

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If you think for a second, Hansel & Gretel the Original"fairy" tale is not really friendly tale. It is creepy.
A creepy version of Hansel & Gretel I thought there cannt be creepier than the tale itself. Just like I thought. Pretty well made
December 12, 2009
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Wahida K

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A creative piece and a sisister tale, that seems all the more creepy because of it?s fairy tale connection. Having said that it?s not scary or particularly graphic in terms of gore, but the childrens performances manage to pull off an intriguing story and one that?s worth seeing.
October 29, 2009
76Majikat

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Hansel & Gretel may be an early film on Pil-Sung Yim's directing resume, but this Korean fantasy thriller shows he is no rookie at at this.First things first. This is not a retelling of a fairy tale. This is a Korean thriller with concepts of the Hansel and Gretel story throw in. Hence, this is not a movie to take the kids to see.This film doesn't waste time at getting into the fantasy atmosphere. Just after 5 minutes, with the opening credits already in the past, the main character is in the deep forest where 99% of this picture takes place. From here on out, with the run time at just under 2 hours, the bulk of this film is spent slowly unraveling the mystery.Sure, the film is a bit long. However, at the same time there are positives that are beneficial to this movie. For one, the cinematography is worthy of note. The set designs, with the dark atmosphere and moderate amount of bright colors, are also visually pleasing.Jeong-myeong Cheon is good as the lead, however it is the 3 children that steal the show: Shim Eun-kyung, Ji-hui Jin, and Eun Won-jae.As this review comes to a close, Hansel & Gretel is a Korean thriller worth checking out for fans of the genre.
October 12, 2009
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