Memories of Murder (Salinui chueok) Reviews

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Jason Clark
Slant Magazine
June 17, 2005

For a film about women getting brutally attacked and dispatched, the movie has no sense of urgency or underlying dread.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
Top Critic
June 10, 2005

Achieves an unlikely but ultimately successful blend of blunt-force comedy and desperate investigation.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
June 9, 2005

The script is as sloppy as Song (Kang-ho)'s unkempt cop, sprinkled with intriguing ideas and imaginative details that, like the investigation, simply get lost in blind alleys.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
Top Critic
April 15, 2005

What's most remarkable about it is the way Bong builds real suspense and plays the chilling moments straight while leaving himself room for nonsense and horseplay.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Joshua Tanzer
Offoffoff
August 19, 2004

These are no gritty 'Dirty Harry' cops, nor are they kooky Keystone Kops. You know what they are? They're Columbo - if Columbo were the schlemiel he always pretends to be.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]
August 12, 2004

Horribly, gorily fascinating and slightly unfulfilling

Mariko McDonald
Film Threat
August 10, 2004

Manages to transcend the popular and cliched genre by focusing on the emotional toll dealing with such crimes has on the detectives.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jamie Russell
BBC.com
July 6, 2004

A refreshingly mature thriller that succeeds in its ambitious attempt to blend quips and killings.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
April 6, 2004

Uneven movie has tonal problems.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 10, 2003

Fledgling director Bong Joon-ho received the best new director award at the San Sebastian Film Festival and he shows a deft, talented hand at the helm.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 4, 2003

Bong Joon-ho does an exemplary job balancing a mystery with both humorous and dramatic elements.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
September 16, 2003

Memories of Murder offers a ruminative and affecting approach to a genre not known for its emotional content.

Full Review | Original Score: 59/100

Empire Magazine
October 10, 2006

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
August 6, 2006

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Film Threat
December 6, 2005

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
July 30, 2004

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10

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Top Critic
October 10, 2006


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September 28, 2006


Boston Phoenix
August 5, 2006

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