Shi gan (Time) Reviews

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
August 24, 2007
A pathological case study disguised as a romantic melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
July 25, 2007
Time is well worth your time as a moviegoer.
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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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Noel Murray
AV Club
July 13, 2007
Few modern filmmakers are as adept at crafting a haunting image as Kim.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
July 13, 2007
Viewers in Gotham will be perplexed, frightened, disgusted -- and, mostly, entertained.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
July 13, 2007
An unnerving riff on South Korean women fixated on the idea of ul-jjang ('best face').
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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John Anderson
Newsday
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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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
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
July 12, 2007
Time, with its mysteriously apt title and harshly lit modern interiors, succeeds on its own terms, establishing a daring atmosphere of dread.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
July 11, 2007
Whatever else it is, it's a clean, economical and handsome film, terrifically acted, with a heart full of treachery and mystery.
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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.
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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.