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Memories of Murder (Salinui chueok) Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Superb police procedural film.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A-

December 27, 2013
Nick Rogers

Joon-ho Bong lets viewers fall into the cops' frustrations, but these detectives are dogged, not downtrodden. "Memories" shows their lives, however tortured, outside the case - like "Heat" without antagonistic rivalries or a more political "Zodiac."

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/4

September 19, 2010
Louis Proyect

A much better movie than the more recent and more heralded "Mother", another movie about a killer.

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March 26, 2010
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

It plays as quite a refreshing take on this style, and, except for the heavy handed ending, proves to be an enjoyable and provocative flick, definitely worth seeking out.

Full Review Source: Film Scouts | Original Score: B+

June 21, 2007

Empire Magazine

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

October 10, 2006
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Almost single-handedly resuscitates the moribund serial killer genre.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: A-

September 15, 2006
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Utiliza seu mistério (real) envolvendo o primeiro serial killer sul-coreano para fazer um forte comentário político e, no processo, cria uma narrativa tensa (mas também divertida) povoada de personagens tragicamente ineptos.

| Original Score: 4/5

September 11, 2006
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

August 6, 2006

Film Threat

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

December 6, 2005
Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide

...merits mention alongside Silence of the Lambs and Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer...offers an incisive analysis of the culture that produced the crime.

Full Review Source: All Movie Guide | Original Score: 10/10

September 8, 2005
Scott Weinberg

Low-key, unassuming, and crafty in the way it slowly gets under your skin, Memories of Murder is a sly and smart thriller.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

August 16, 2005
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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What's singular in all this is the director's angle into the material, which is subtle, difficult to pin down, elusive.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

July 29, 2005
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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An involving and skillfully mounted film from Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-Ho that's based on a true story.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

July 28, 2005
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Bong not only has an eye for beauty there are some gorgeous shots of the country's farmland but for the absurd.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

July 21, 2005
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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Uses dark humor, incisive characterizations and social commentary to infuse its familiar detective tale with a distinctive flair.

July 21, 2005
George Wu

A great opening and...a visceral, heartbreaking ending

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July 21, 2005
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The foregone conclusion only adds an extra layer of fatalism to this tale of ineffectual authority and abusive power.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/5

July 15, 2005
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Memories of Murder is such a taut, effective thriller it's a shame you have to read subtitles to gauge just how good a movie it is.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

July 15, 2005
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Suspenseful, surprising, and psychologically rich.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: 4/4

June 23, 2005
Derek Elley
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Establishes Bong as a helmer with a distinct vision of his own, supported by a strong cast that's totally at one with the material.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 23, 2005

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012

AV Club
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October 10, 2006

Sight and Sound
September 28, 2006

Boston Phoenix
August 5, 2006
Derek Adams
Time Out
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February 9, 2006

July 20, 2004
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