Shi gan (Time) Reviews

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Edward Douglas
July 10, 2007
Might have even the most diehard [Kim Ki-Duk] fans scratching their heads, but a strong indictment on why crazy people shouldn't be allowed to get plastic surgery.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
July 11, 2007
Woe are the fools who define themselves by physical appearance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
October 14, 2007
an eisai to koritsi poy thelei na dei pos einai na to ksanaeroteytei to agori tis eno einai mia alli, isos na soy bgalei kai kana noima parpano. Ki isos na soy balei kai idees, an kai to apeyhomai, kai gia ton dyo sas to kalo
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 18, 2007
As tautly 'pretty' and inexpressive as the results for those who compulsively seek cosmetic perfection.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 3, 2007
This is powerful stuff, so why does the movie feel less convincing the longer it goes on? There are two ways to tell this story -- coolly distanced or melodramatically hot -- but [director] Kim combines both approaches, and the mixture doesn't congeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Martha Fischer
September 23, 2006
The problem with Time is that every character in the film is so fundamentally repulsive it's impossible to care about any of them.
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
With the raised expectations brought from his last films it's certainly a disappointment that Time doesn't rise to the level I hoped for.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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James Berardinelli
July 12, 2007
Haunting and disturbing, Time is the kind of motion picture that gets under your skin and doesn't let go. It lingers long after the final credits have rolled and, for those who see it with friends, it will provoke endless post-movie discussions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 12, 2007
With a wry tone all his own (the writer-director calls his thesis 'absurd'), South Korea's Kim Ki-duk asks in his calmly assured spellbinder a simple question: How far can we go to transform who we think we are?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
July 14, 2007
For some, the film will be a tedious experience, while for others it will raise disquieting questions.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Don Willmott
July 23, 2007
It's a trip.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jerry Portwood
New York Press
July 18, 2007
It's a strange and subtly told tale that successfully hacks into the desires and fears of most us who are trying to figure out how to make love work -- without sewing it all back together into a nice, pretty package.
Stan Hall
August 10, 2007
A harrowing, weirdly funny and highly existential melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
December 14, 2006
Entre viver na feiúra ou arriscar-se a ser um cadáver atraente, a primeira opção deveria sempre sair vencedora. E o fato de muitos optarem pela segunda alternativa é um sinal claro de que o mundo passou a aceitar praticamente tudo em nome da "beleza".
| Original Score: 5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 12, 2007
A mesmerizing film by South Korean director Kim Ki-Duk about cosmetic surgery and the yearning of those who put their faith in external physical changes to their bodies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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John Anderson
July 12, 2007
In addition to statements about urban anonymity and the cult of beauty, writer-director Kim is also making a mordant statement about love, the kind you can get lost in while losing yourself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
September 15, 2006
Kim brings more warmth and humor into Time than he has in some of his best-known work.
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
July 13, 2007
Throughout Time, Kim Ki-duk flips between soapy melodrama and dry, self-aware comedy. The effect is thrilling and disorienting, like walking on a trampoline.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Mike D'Angelo
Village Voice
July 10, 2007
I can't see how anybody, no matter how keen to preserve a positive self-image, could fail to identify with Time, [director] Kim's cheerfully lunatic allegory about two young lovers.
Harvey S. Karten
June 20, 2007
Korea's obsession with plastic surgery is satirized with humor and warmth by Kim Ki-duk using an attractive ensemble of young Korean actors.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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