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Pieta Reviews

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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
May 16, 2013
For all its cringe-inducing horror, "Pieta" is visually restrained, striking visceral blows with psychological precision while making little use of gore.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
May 16, 2013
This is brilliant in some stretches and deplorable in others, with the director's usual extreme violence and depraved sexuality.
Joe Gross
Austin American-Statesman
May 16, 2013
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 | Original Score: B-
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
May 16, 2013
With its dazzlingly cynical story and intensely squalid setting, it's a trip to the dark side - indeed, the darkest side.
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
May 16, 2013
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 | Original Score: C
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
May 15, 2013
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.
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
May 15, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4.0/5.0
JimmyO
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
May 15, 2013
...as a character study and even as a thriller, PIETA creates an uneasy sense of dread heightened by the two terrific leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
May 14, 2013
An intriguing tale of redemption and rebirth ... that eventually segues into a more conventional revenge drama.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
May 14, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
John Semley
Slant Magazine
May 14, 2013
Kim Ki-duk's film makes an exaggerated, undeserved show of its cruelty, indignity, and aspirations of importance.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
March 17, 2013
Frágil como manifestação política, mas suficientemente eficiente como drama para impressionar o espectador.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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