• 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
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Pieta Reviews

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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
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This is brilliant in some stretches and deplorable in others, with the director's usual extreme violence and depraved sexuality.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 16, 2013
Joe Gross
Austin American-Statesman

It's a nasty, compelling thriller if you have the stomach, perhaps not as profound as it wants us to think it is, but sharply realized nonetheless.

Full Review Source: Austin American-Statesman | Original Score: B-

May 16, 2013
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine

With its dazzlingly cynical story and intensely squalid setting, it's a trip to the dark side - indeed, the darkest side.

Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine

May 16, 2013
A.A. Dowd
AV Club
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It's like a dour, less stylized version of one of the violent revenge fantasies from Kim's fellow countryman, Park Chan-wook.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

May 16, 2013
Leslie Felperin
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This tidy, ultimately moving thriller about a loan shark who meets a woman claiming to be his mother offers up the director's vintage blend of cruelty, wit and moral complexity.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 15, 2013
Brian Tallerico

There is no denying Kim's ability to drag the viewer into those dark places of humanity that we don't want to go. It's not an easy film but it's a worthwhile one.

Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com | Original Score: 4.0/5.0

May 15, 2013
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

...as a character study and even as a thriller, PIETA creates an uneasy sense of dread heightened by the two terrific leads.

Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Original Score: 8/10

May 15, 2013
Nick Schager
Village Voice
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An intriguing tale of redemption and rebirth ... that eventually segues into a more conventional revenge drama.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 14, 2013
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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It's likely that two incestuous interactions between the purported blood relatives will be a deal breaker for most viewers, and both of [those] scenes admittedly play with a degree of poseur provocation.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

May 14, 2013
John Semley
Slant Magazine

Kim Ki-duk's film makes an exaggerated, undeserved show of its cruelty, indignity, and aspirations of importance.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: .5/4

May 14, 2013
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Frágil como manifestação política, mas suficientemente eficiente como drama para impressionar o espectador.

Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena | Original Score: 4/5

March 17, 2013
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