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.
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.
| 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