Bakjwi (Thirst) Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
October 16, 2009
A rollicking, hysterical splatter-sex-comedy only confirms 'Thirst' as one of the year's more extreme, enjoyable entertainments.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 10, 2009
What the film is saying, so far as I can tell, is that, if cut, you will bleed. And bleed.
| Original Score: B-
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 9, 2009
Thirst is a grim antidote to the sanitized, pale young things of Twilight, Supernatural and True Blood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 27, 2009
Thirst begins with great intellectual and artistic promise, then devolves into a repetitious mess of teeth, blades, necks, bites, arterial sprays, sex, sex, sex and death.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 20, 2009
Thirst keeps coming up against the limitations of its various inspirations like a bumper car on a crowded court. On almost every other level, the film's audaciously entertaining, at times even quite moving. You just have to have the stomach for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
August 20, 2009
Park aficionados are assured their fix of lurid imagery and baroque plotting, though straight-up horror buffs may get restless during the sluggish and murky middle section; Twilight fans need not apply.
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
August 14, 2009
[U]nlike most exercises in hematic excess--Richard Rodriguez's Planet Terror, for instance, or Tarantino's Kill Bill--Thirst offers not the consolations of camp but the intensity of opera.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 13, 2009
Movies exist to cloak our desires in disguises we can accept, and there is an undeniable appeal to Thirst.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
August 7, 2009
Thirst is juicy filmmaking -- psychologically rich, cathartic, kinky, visually engaging and almost free of vampire-movie clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 7, 2009
Too bad the film never quite gets the blood pumping in the viewer, which may be a failure of Park's to define his audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
August 3, 2009
There were moments where I was genuinely scared and moments where I was genuinely moved.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
August 3, 2009
Funny at times, perhaps not purposefully so, it's never truly scary or even thrilling.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
July 31, 2009
Feeling anemic? Allow Dr. Musetto to prescribe large quantities of human blood. You'll find plenty of it in Thirst, from Park Chan-wook, one of South Korea's leading filmmakers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
July 31, 2009
Park has created a rumination on morality and mortality that is not at all deadly, but funny and profound and at times intensely erotic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 31, 2009
At a time when so much of popular culture is turning the vampire into just another gently exotic, vulnerable lover, Park brings things back to bloody basics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 31, 2009
Soaked in blood though it is, Thirst leaves some essential cravings unsatisfied.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
July 31, 2009
Thirst is a brilliant and gruesome work of cinematic invention as well as a passionate and painful human love story.
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
July 31, 2009
Thirst's excesses will entertain some viewers, but if you want coherence, look elsewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 31, 2009
Thirst is at least a half-hour too long. The story goes off course with pointless distractions and feeds on non-stop grisliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
July 30, 2009
Its turgid pace creates a queasy fascination all its own, drawing viewers into an ever-darkening locus of sin and obsession where even the wish for redemption comes at a terrible cost.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jim Ridley
Village Voice
July 30, 2009
Park's voluptuous style fits a genre that is all appetite -- or should be.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 29, 2009
A gaudy, daring, operatic, and bloody funny provocation of a melodrama from Park Chan-wook.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 27, 2009
It's fun (if overlong), but for all the noisy slurping, there's no fresh blood.
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
May 16, 2009
The movie as a whole-which runs nearly two-and-a-quarter hours-has no sense of rhythm or flow whatsoever.
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Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter
May 15, 2009
Those who thrive on gore, twisted sexuality and brutish handling of women can drink their fill from this film. More serious arthouse critics, however, may balk at the script's soapy excesses.
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Derek Elley
Variety
May 15, 2009
An overlong stygian comedy that badly needs a transfusion of genuine inspiration.