This is brilliant in some stretches and deplorable in others, with the director's usual extreme violence and depraved sexuality.
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.
| Original Score: B-
With its dazzlingly cynical story and intensely squalid setting, it's a trip to the dark side - indeed, the darkest side.
It's like a dour, less stylized version of one of the violent revenge fantasies from Kim's fellow countryman, Park Chan-wook.
| Original Score: C
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.
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.
| Original Score: 4.0/5.0
...as a character study and even as a thriller, PIETA creates an uneasy sense of dread heightened by the two terrific leads.
| Original Score: 8/10
An intriguing tale of redemption and rebirth ... that eventually segues into a more conventional revenge drama.
You might find yourself strangely moved by its oddball mix of ripe melodrama, overwrought violence and regional verisimilitude.
| Original Score: 3/5
Kim Ki-duk's film makes an exaggerated, undeserved show of its cruelty, indignity, and aspirations of importance.
| Original Score: .5/4
Frágil como manifestação política, mas suficientemente eficiente como drama para impressionar o espectador.
| Original Score: 4/5