Realism isn't the focal point of Bad Guy-misogynistic male power fantasies masquerading as dark, dreamlike treatises on fate and love are.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
His fascination with allegory and symbols is evident here, too, but his narrative strays too far from the dreamlike towards the just plain dumbfounding.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
It's all distressing, superficial and caveman-like in its amour fou.
| Original Score: C
Kim Ki-duk does a bizarre riff on the twisted macho ethos of abusing women until they learn to love you.
As a case study of one disturbed woman it might be interesting; presented as some sort of deathless love story, it's merely distasteful.
The audience is subjected to a series of emotional contortions, encouraged to experience them like a voyeur, and then scolded for doing so.
Almost entirely garbage.
| Original Score: 0.5/5
The plotting keeps getting away from Kim as the story progresses.
Mostly distressing and occasionally compelling, as Sun-hwa, the young student, becomes ensnared in a prostitution ring.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Will leave audiences puzzled and then cold.
It's now 24 hours since I saw the film and I'm still trying to figure out what just happened, why it happened and whether or not its happening should be considered a good thing or not.
| Original Score: 3/5
One can't get out of the theater fast enough.
Becomes more and more confused, unpleasant and preposterous.
| Original Score: 1/4
Its international reputation seems difficult to justify.
| Original Score: 1/4
Certainly offbeat, but not on a level with director Kim's previous work about marginalized people.
| Original Score: 2/4
Really, who needs a bad guy who's this guilty about being bad?
| Original Score: C-
So vilely misogynistic does the film appear at first glance that it's no surprise it hasn't been previously released here...
Bad Guy's greatest fault is that it is a listless exercise, that goes nowhere except further into the mire.
I was confused and discomfited by Bad Guy , but I loved it too.
| Original Score: A
After the experience of this down and dirty South Korean psychological thriller, park benches may never quite seem the same.