• Unrated, 1 hr. 44 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Kim Ki-Duk , Ki-duk Kim
    In Theaters:
    May 17, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Jul 23, 2013
  • Drafthouse Films


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Pieta Reviews

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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com

The film's big reveal may not come as that much of a surprise; you may figure out where it's going well before the end. But it's the getting there that is, if not exactly fun, then certainly hypnotic.

Full Review Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com | Original Score: 4/5

May 31, 2013
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

[A] lurid but undeniably powerful story, and the lead performances are compelling.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: B

May 31, 2013
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Fascination returns at the stirring climax, when the plot neatly twists and the film's apparently simple message turns deeper, and blacker.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

May 31, 2013
Marc Mohan

By the time the last dark plot twist rolls around, any dollop of emotional connection has been diluted in a sea of empty unpleasantness.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: C+

May 30, 2013
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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A mother's love for her child takes on brutal new meaning in Pieta, a film by Kim Ki-duk that's as hard to watch as it is to forget.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

May 30, 2013
Andrew Wright
Portland Mercury

Ki-duk's having his cake, and chewing it with his mouth open, too.

Full Review Source: Portland Mercury

May 30, 2013
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

Wrenching Oedipal tragedy not for the casual viewer

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 26, 2013
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit

No comfort in this Pieta

Full Review Source: Movie Habit

May 26, 2013
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Like many South Korean films, revenge is a major theme here, although the way Kim handles it is particularly subtle and surprising: It sneaks up on you.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

May 23, 2013
Oliver Lyttelton
The Playlist

The film contains some memorable moments, and a pair of fine performances, but it's hard not to feel that it would have proved more successful if it had stayed on the path it was heading down for the first forty minutes or so.

Full Review Source: The Playlist | Original Score: C+

May 17, 2013
William Goss
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May not rank with the operatic madness of Park Chan-wook, or the visceral overkill of Kim Jee-woon, but if you're still not sick of feeling sick, then Pieta might be the movie for you.

Full Review Source: Film.com

May 17, 2013
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

The performances of these two leads are compelling and the Cheonggyecheon area can almost be seen as another character in Kim's morality tale.

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

May 17, 2013
Curtis Woloschuk
Paste Magazine

Kim has a very specific wringer he intends to usher his pawns through and a particular course he's plotted to it. Consequently, a complex, troubling character study slowly becomes a borderline conventional narrative.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 7.5/10

May 17, 2013
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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More philosophy than film at times, it asks questions without expecting easy answers. What is money? What is love? And what would you do for either?

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

May 17, 2013
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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Expectedly gruesome in some of its details. But it's the explicitness about capitalism's emotional wreckage that gives this micro-budgeted drama a gut-punch heft.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

May 17, 2013
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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The newest masterpiece of sex and brutality by South Korean wild man Kim Ki-duk.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 17, 2013
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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Filled with feisty women and cowering men, "Pieta" twists human emotions into pretzels of perversion.

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

May 16, 2013
Keith Phipps
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Kim offers no easy answers, and never backs away from the toughness of the questions, in a film that's ugly in both its material and its presentation.

Full Review Source: NPR

May 16, 2013
Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
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Thou shalt not borrow, nor maim those who owe interest, preaches this obsessive auteur, offering one more near-mute seeker of justice. The tragic perversity is gripping.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times

May 16, 2013
Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
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For all its cringe-inducing horror, "Pieta" is visually restrained, striking visceral blows with psychological precision while making little use of gore.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

May 16, 2013
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