A remorseless catalogue of calculated violence, casual cannibalism and sexual sadism, this inflicts over two hours of suffering on the audience...
| Original Score: 2/5
This is the stuff of nightmares, where even the good guy is bad, and as shock cinema goes, it packs a punch.
| Original Score: B
We lucky westerners get to see it in all its hair-raising, stomach-churning glory, and that's a wonderful thing.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
A terrific but uncompromising film that's definitely not for everyone. It's not just that the violence is graphic, but that much of it is so mean-spirited.
After a while, the sheer length and repetitiousness of the film begins to feel pornographic in the dullest sense.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Director Kim Jee-woon is a born filmmaker, even if this script (written by Park Hoon Jung and adapted by Kim) is unworthy of his efforts.
| Original Score: 2/4
As revenge fantasy, "I Saw the Devil'' is clever. As comedy, it's sick. As moviegoing, it's tedious...
When it comes to bloody revenge movies, it's difficult to beat the South Koreans.
| Original Score: 3/4
Even at its most chaotic, the film never loses sight of the human toll of the increasingly over-the-top events it portrays.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
A droll Nietzschean fable that's fully aware of its lapses into absurdity.
| Original Score: 3/5
Kim goes to ever-nastier extremes with I Saw The Devil, but he also extends the revenge theme into a mesmerizing study of the nature of evil itself.
| Original Score: B+
Somewhere in all the blood (sickening realism is a selling point), a question is posed: When does the one fighting a monster become a monster himself?
The savagery is honest, raw and hardly entertainment.
Never good with nuance, Kim is a beast with disarming imagery (like the severed head that turns face-up in a river current) but has few resonating ideas, leaving the domino-tumble of brutality to become its own tiresome spectacle.
On any number of levels, Devil is troublesome at best, offensive at worst.